Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 1 reviews

These Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes are dense, rich and chocolaty, topped with a creamy and smooth pumpkin puree buttercream, which make them the perfect fall treat. 

With Halloween quickly approaching, these Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes are a perfect dessert treat, pilled high with the most silky buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles. If pumpkin is your thing, I would suggest checking out Pumpkin Pie Creme BrûléePumpkin Fudge, and Pumpkin Lava Cakes.

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcake Recipe Tips

These are not your regular fluffy, airy cupcakes, but rather rich and very flavorful. So I decided to use my all time favorite brownie recipe, tweaked it to make it a little more “cake” like. Then, I topped the brownie cupcakes with a pile of delicious, sweet, smooth and creamy buttercream frosting, because it’s just perfect.

The frosting has a few spoons of pumpkin puree to give it that fall flavor. In addition, I added a few drops of orange color gel to enhance the orange color that looks stunning in contrast with the dark brown brownies.

A dash of pumpkin spice was added to these pumpkin brownie cupcakes to create the perfect fall treat. The colorful sprinkles add a pop of color, and we know that sprinkles make everything better.

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes

What do you need to make Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes?

  • Large eggs
  • Butter
  • Cocoa
  • Vanilla beans
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Four
  • Pumpkin Puree and Pumpkin Spice
  • Orange gel

How do you make Pumpkin Spice?

You can make pumpkin spice blend at home pretty easily, here is what you will need:

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions: In a small bowl, mix all the spices together. Transfer to a small jar or spice container.

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes

What is pumpkin puree vs canned pumpkin?

Canned pumpkin is just cooked, pureed pumpkin. Canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling is flavored with spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger, and is also sweetened.

What is Buttercream Icing?

Buttercream also know as butter icing is a type of icing or filling used inside cakes and cupcakes, as a coating, and as decoration. It is very easy to make, by creaming butter with powdered sugar, although other fats can be used, such as margarine or lard.

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Pumpkin Brownie Cupcake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 cupcakes
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 1 hr


For the Brownie Layer:

  • 4  large eggs 
  • 2 cups  sugar  (sifted)
  • 2 sticks  unsalted butter  (melted)
  • 1/2 cup  cocoa  (sifted)
  • 2  vanilla beans  (seeds only)
  • 3/4 cups  flour  (sifted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  pumpkin spice 

Pumpkin Buttercream:

  • 2 1/2  sticks unsalted butter  (room tempreture)
  • 3 cups  confectioners sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons  pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  pumpkin spice 
  • 5  drops orange gel color 


For the Brownie Layer:

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.
  2. In a mixer fitted with the wire whisk attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow, add the sugar and beat until combined. Add remaining ingredients, and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the batter evenly into the cupcake tins and bake for 40 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake, it should come out with just a few crumbles attached.

  4. When done, remove from oven and transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack. Cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.

Pumpkin Buttercream:

  1. Using the wire whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl once or twice.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the confectioner sugar and pumpkin spice. Once incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the pumpkin puree and gel color, mixing until combined. Whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed.
  3. Unused buttercream can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Let it come to room temperature and then give it a quick whip in the mixer before using it.
  4. If the frosting is too soft, add more sugar - 1/2 cup at a time, if the frosting is too tough add some milk, 1 tablespoon as a time.
  5. Transfer frosting to a piping bag and decorate the cupcakes, garnish with sprinkles.
Calories: 370 Carbohydrates: 86 Protein: 4 Fat: 2 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 66 Sodium: 143 Potassium: 109 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 75 Vitamin A: 800 Vitamin C: 0.2 Calcium: 18 Iron: 1.5
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I can't believe this is your first cupcake recipe, but it's a fabulous way to start! These look delicious!


Thanks Sues :)


[email protected] 'N Spice

These cupcakes are just gorgeous! I love the pretty frosting and the brownie batter. Sounds perfect for fall!


Thanks Gayle!


J @ A Hot Southern Mess

It's hard to believe that you've never made a cupcake for the blog before! You have some incredible looking treats on here all the time and these first-timers look just as good! What a perfect fall treat!


Thanks you Jess! I was as shocked when I realized that I dont have a cupcake recipe! But this is good, now I just have to bake more, and eat more :)


Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

Ha! I think I only have one cupcake post too! I love the colors and the flavor combos in here! Making pumpkin frosting was a total genius move!


Rachelle, we need more cupcakes :) lets bake more :)


Ciao Florentina

Those colors, I'm in love! Orange and blue really do it for me. Again, how adorable and perfect xo's


Thanks for the love :)


Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Happy Cupcake Tuesday! Love your first cupcake recipe. These vibrant colors and flavors are awesome! :)


I love those colors too, so fall appropriate :) thanks for stopping by Anu!


Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

Gorgeous cupcakes, girlfriend! I am so loving the brownie meets cupcake mwets pumpkin combo! And that buttercream frosting looks killlllller! Pinned! Cheers, love!


Thanks for the pin love girlfriend!


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