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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

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As fun as summer has been, I am so ready for Fall! By time August rolls around, I’m usually over the humidity, heat waves, and constant “glistening” whenever I step outside.

Fall brings so many great things, including boots season, beautiful foliage, and yes, PSL!

I might be getting a bit ahead of myself, but I couldn’t resist making these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes. And yes, that is a pumpkin spice caramel drizzle.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcake Batter:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp  vanilla extract

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Recipe:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin spice

Bake time: 17 minutes

Yield: 12-14 cupcakes

PSL Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners.

Place the flour, sugar, dark brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin spice into a large bowl.

Gently stir to combine.

Add in the oil and pumpkin, and stir until incorporated.

Mix in the eggs, one at a time.

Add in the espresso mixture, and stir just until the batter in smooth.

Another option is to swirl this batter with my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe! I decided to combine the two batters, to give these cupcakes a more exciting look. I alternated scoops of each batter, then used a knife to create a swirled pattern. This doubles the yield of the recipe.

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full, and bake for 18 minutes.

Remove from oven and place on wire racks to cool.

To speed up the cooling process, you can also place the cupcakes in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Pumpkin Spice Caramel

While the cupcakes bake, prepare the pumpkin spice caramel.

Turn stove to medium heat, and place a pot over element.

Pour in ¼ of the sugar.

Using a heat proof stirring utensil, stir until sugar begins to melt into a clear liquid.

Gradually add in the remaining sugar, in a few installments.

Continue to stir, until the sugar is fully liquefied, and has become an amber.

Keep stirring until all the clump of sugar have dissolved, and then turn off the heat.

Mix in butter slowly, then stir in cream, salt, and pumpkin spice.

Place in fridge to cool for 20 minutes, then pour into desired container.

I put mine in a squirt bottle (for drizzling over cakes), but a mason jar or Tupperware container would work great too!

The caramel will keep for several weeks in the fridge.

You can see a full tutorial on how to make this caramel here.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat the butter and cream cheese on a medium speed for 30 seconds, until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Alternate with small splashes of cream. Once fully mixed, add in the vanilla and salt, and beat on medium low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached. If the frosting is too thick, add in cream (1 teaspoon at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (quarter of a cup at a time). To watch a full tutorial on how I make my frosting, you can click here.

Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, frost them with a Wilton 1M (open star) tip. Drizzle with Pumpkin Spice Caramel. Be sure the caramel is fully cooled, or else it will melt the frosting! Lightly dust the cupcakes with pumpkin spice.

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To take the decoration of these one step further, you can place them into the short cups from Starbucks.

I filled the base with pumpkin candies, to make sure the cupcakes were elevated enough. The finishing touch was a trimmed green straw!

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By swirling the batters together, you get the below look!

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cheyenne harwood

Sunday 16th of May 2021

i have made these twice for my family and they absolutely loved them. my mother isn't a cupcake person and she said she adored them. my aunt said she doesn't like frosting but she loved this. i think they are amazing and you should keep making things like this.

much thanks - Cheyenne Harwood <3


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Hey, quick question.. what size cup did you use?

Mona K Hasan

Monday 12th of October 2020

I found the short ebay (8 oz) cups on Ebay.


Monday 7th of October 2019

Adorable! What is your favorite pumpkin cupcake recipe?


Tuesday 15th of October 2019

Hi Irelisse,

Thanks! While I love PSLs, my favorite pumpkin cupcake recipe is this one: :)