Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes & Scrumptious Squash Recipes

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This time of year, many people turn to the famous “pumpkin spice latte” drink that you can find in local coffee shops just after the beginning of September. Well, a few years ago, I decided to take that iconic Autumn beverage and turn it into a cupcake – and here it is!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins from Cosmopolitan Cornbread








Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Enjoy these beauties with a cup of coffee!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Yield: 24 standard cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes are all the flavor of your favorite season beverage, turned into an irresistible treat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


  • 2 2/3 c flour
  • 1 1/2 Tb instant espresso powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups solid packed cooked pumpkin
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c plain applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Frosting

  • 8 ounce Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tb coffee liqueur


  1. To begin, line 2 standard muffin pans (24 muffins) with papers and set aside. Preheat oven your to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, espresso powder, spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Stir that together and set it aside for now.
  3. In your mixing bowl combine pumpkin, sugars, applesauce and the extra virgin olive oil. Mix those together until smooth. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, until just combined. Stir in the vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined and smooth.
  4. Scoop batter evenly into the pans. Bake 20-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the largest cupcake comes out clean. Carefully remove the hot cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool completely before topping.
  5. For the frosting - Beat the cheese in your mixing bowl until fluffy. Add in the powdered sugarand cinnamon - and mix until smooth. Add in the vanilla and coffee liqueur, mix until combined. Top each cupcake with a dollops of frosting in the middle.
  6. Enjoy!


If you can not find espresso powder, you can use instant coffee granules. To do so, double the amount to 3 tablespoons and “mash” the granules into a fine powder with a mortar & pestle or the back of a spoon in a bowl.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 299mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g

Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and estimated by a service called Nutritionix. That is a web-based nutritional calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. If the nutritional information is vital to you please verify it using your favorite trusted source.

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I love, love, LOVE this time of year. I love all things Autumn – the weather changing, the colors in nature and the delicious recipes that come out to play.

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29 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes & Scrumptious Squash Recipes”

  1. So much goodness in this recipe, love the mascarpone and the applesauce (which only recently I started to add to my cupcakes), also a good opportunity for me to finally try the famous pumpkin spice, to this day I haven’t tried it!

  2. yours is the first that I’ve seen to use espresso powder! Love it! :) I love these drinks too, but not as much as some :) Your cupcakes look fab! and marscapone! mmmm!!

  3. Love the coffee liquor in your frosting! I also love that you use fresh grated nutmeg which is probably my favorite spice as an adult (quite the turnaround from my childhood!).

  4. Your pumpkin latte cupcakes are indeed bee-you-ti-full and sooo scrumptious looking and sounding! Your friends at the event are lucky indeed =) P.s. Mascarpone (vs cream cheese) is a fantabulous flavorful choice for frosting =)


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