So as you can probably tell, we’re big into the pumpkin stuff right now!
And since I made a vegan pumpkin cake, I thought why not vegan pumpkin cupcakes too!
And so happy I did. These pumpkin cupcakes are super awesome, they’re easy, crazy delicious, and topped with a pumpkin spice frosting, a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and crushed pecans!
The pairing of pecans with pumpkin things is a winner by the way.
Pumpkin spice frosting is too easy, it’s just a case of adding some pumpkin pie spice to your frosting. It creates a beautiful flavor and the velvety smooth frosting pipes beautifully onto these cupcakes.
These cupcakes rise very high! They’re beautifully tall. So for this reason I prefer to use muffin liners rather than cupcake liners because they tend to be higher on the sides and support these extra tall cupcakes best.
You can make your own pumpkin pie spice to use in this recipe! Or use a store-bought option, but if you have any difficulty buying it where you are, then just use our recipe for a homemade version.
Another tip would be to weigh your pumpkin purée and your flour for the best, most accurate results. You can use canned or fresh pumpkin purée. Canned is easiest, but if you want to use fresh pumpkin purée, that works great too!
To make your own you just bake peeled and cubed pumpkin in the oven for around 30 minutes at 350°F (I’ve also done it at 390°F). Don’t add any oil or spices, just bake it plain. When it’s soft and cooked, then either mash it with a potato masher or put it into the food processor and purée it. If it’s a little ‘wet’ then stand it in a strainer so any excess water can drain off.
You will love these gorgeous vegan pumpkin cupcakes, they are:
- Pumpkin flavored
- Topped with a pumpkin spice frosting
- Beautifully colorful
Keep them covered at room temperature where they will stay fresh for a few days or covered in the fridge where they will last for up to a week.
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Rich, moist and tall vegan pumpkin cupcakes topped with a velvety pumpkin spice frosting and crushed pecans. Beautifully colorful and fall inspired.
For the Pumpkin Cupcakes:
- 2 cups (250g) All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup (200g) Light Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) White Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3 and 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (homemade or store bought)
- 1 and 1/2 cups (337g) Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup (60ml) Canola Oil (or Vegetable Oil)
- 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Flax Egg (1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed + 3 Tbsp Hot Water)
For the Pumpkin Spice Frosting:
- 3 cups (360g) Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar
- 1/3 cup (75g) Vegan Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1–2 Tbsp Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- Sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Crushed Pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the brown and white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
- Prepare your flax egg by mixing 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed meal with 3 Tbsp Hot Water and allowing to sit for a minute to become gloopy.
- Add the pumpkin puree, vanilla, oil and apple cider vinegar to the mixing bowl.
- Add the flax egg and mix in. Your batter will be thick.
- Line a cupcake tray with muffin liners. Divide the batter evenly between them.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
- Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Prepare your frosting by adding the powdered sugar, vegan butter, vanilla and soy milk to the bowl of an electric mixer. Start on slow speed and gradually increase the speed until thick and smooth. If your frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar, if it’s too thick, add in more non-dairy milk. When you reach the right consistency add in the pumpkin pie spice and mix in on slow until just mixed.
- Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate with pumpkin pie spice and crushed pecan nuts.
*Recipe adapted from our Vegan Pumpkin Cake.
*Nutrition information is based on 1 cupcake (of 12) with frosting.
- Category: Dessert, Cakes
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 Cupcake (of 12)
- Calories: 379
- Sodium: 292mg
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 1.2g
- Carbohydrates: 75.2g
- Fiber: 1.5g
- Protein: 2.6g
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