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Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

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Mini pumpkin ginger cupcakes are deliciously spiced. Each pumpkin cupcake is topped with a puff of ginger frosting and drizzled with caramel. So good and perfect for fall!

closeup of Mini pumpkin ginger cupcakes drizzled with caramel

Today I’m sharing spiced pumpkin cupcakes with a puff of sweet ginger frosting and drizzly caramel sauce. These pumpkin ginger cupcakes are my favorite and they are perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert.

If you think this sounds delicious, you should also try my pumpkin pie cupcakes. Oh man, those are good!

Pumpkin s’mores bars should also make an appearance this holiday. They just may be my favorite fall dessert.

Mini pumpkin ginger cupcakes on a white and brown plate

Let’s talk more about today’s pumpkin ginger cupcakes!

The cupcake is a simple pumpkin cupcake seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. And they’re mini. I think everyone can agree that mini cupcakes are so much fun to eat. Especially when they’re soft, moist, and full of so much flavor.

The thing I love most about these pumpkin cupcakes is they are topped with ginger frosting and then drizzled with caramel. The caramel alone makes them incredibly delicious.

Mini pumpkin ginger cupcakes with the wrapper pulled away

The frosting is a mix of cream cheese and mascarpone cheese. I love using mascarpone in frosting.

It is very light in flavor making it the perfect blank canvas for an array of different spices. This particular recipe calls for ginger. Ginger pairs perfectly well with pumpkin. It’s such an amazing flavor combo!

Finish the frosted cupcakes with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce. Then, gear up for a life changing experience.

close up of Mini pumpkin ginger cupcakes with the wrapper pulled away

Whip these cupcakes up during the holiday season and prepare to indulge in utter deliciousness. And since they are mini, you can enjoy more than one at a time!

Please let me know if you make them. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the recipe and if you and your family enjoyed them.

Happy Baking!

Mini pumpkin ginger cupcakes with the wrapper pulled away

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

Yield: 42 mini cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Mini pumpkin ginger cupcakes are deliciously spiced. Each pumpkin cupcake is topped with a puff of ginger frosting and drizzled with caramel. So good and perfect for fall!


For the caramel

For the cupcakes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk

For the frosting

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste, or vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-2 cups confectioners' sugar


Make the caramel

  1. Prepare the homemade caramel sauce according to the recipe instructions.

Make the cupcakes

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF degrees. Line a mini muffin pan with paper cups. Set aside
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat in the pumpkin puree. Add the eggs one at a time; beat well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a medium bowl; stir with a fork or whisk. Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the flour mixture.
  4. Spoon 2 tsp of batter into each prepared muffin cup. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cupcake springs back when touched. Remove from pan immediately and allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the frosting

  1. Beat the mascarpone and cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and ground ginger just until incorporated. Add one cup of the sugar and beat on low until smooth. Beat in more sugar if thicker frosting is desired. Spread the frosting over cooled cupcakes. Drizzle caramel over the frosting.


To make regular sized cupcakes: Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners. spoon ¼ cup batter into each cup. Bake cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 42 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Thursday 24th of November 2016

I made these yesterday for Thanksgiving. The cupcake part was delicious, but the frosting was a complete mess and a waste of supplies. It was soup, and I stopped adding confectioner's sugar because it was clear it wasn't going to do anything. I topped it with a riff on a cream cheese frosting instead.

Not sure what I did wrong, since I followed the recipe exactly.


Saturday 29th of August 2015

Hi Jen, I've featured these cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All the best.


Monday 10th of November 2014 THAT is a pumpkin cupcake. These look even better than bakery-quality! That ginger frosting looks and sounds totally amazing and your photos are gorgeous, Jen!! Pinned. :)


Monday 10th of November 2014

Thanks for the sweet words, Sarah. My photos are always hit and miss so it really means a lot to hear that they turned out good. :-)

Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

Sunday 9th of November 2014

The vanilla specks in the frosting make me seriously giddy! These are ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!


Monday 10th of November 2014

Thank you Amber! I love using the vanilla paste so you can actually see the flecks of vanilla.


Sunday 9th of November 2014

Oooh...tempting. And many Congrats :)


Sunday 9th of November 2014


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