Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes

Make these spicy and delicious Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes that are perfect for any Fall celebration. These cupcakes are made with pumpkin puree, molasses, and warm spices.

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pumpkin molasses cupcakes with caramel apple frosting and sprinkles

Why I love these Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes

These Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes are the perfect blend of warm spices, creamy pumpkin puree, and spicy molasses which makes this one of my favorite fall treats. The pumpkin puree makes these cupcakes moist and soft and delicious.

How to Make These Pumpkin Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cloves into a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix in. Add the pumpkin and molasses. The batter will look kind of curdled, don’t panic!
  4. Turn the mixer on low and add the dry ingredients slowly until fully mixed in. Turn off the mixer right away being careful not to overmix.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake pan using a cookie scoop or a spoon. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the cupcake pan for 5 minutes and then remove from the pan and allow the cupcakes to cool on a cooling rack completely before frosting.
baked pumpkin molasses cupcakes on a cooling rack

What Frosting to Pair with These Cupcakes

These cupcakes are delicious with my Caramel Apple Frosting for the ultimate blend of fall flavors. If you want something more basic, try the cream cheese frosting in this post for Candied Ginger Cupcakes.

You can also make a basic glaze for these cupcakes. Place 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons milk into a mixing bowl and stir with a fork to combine until smooth. Drizzle on top of the cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

pumpkin molasses cupcake with frosting

Tips for Making Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes

  • When combining the wet and dry ingredients, make sure you mix on low just until combined. If you overmix the batter, your cupcakes will be dense.
  • All of the ingredients should be at room temperature before baking. This helps create a smooth and velvety batter creating even better cupcakes!
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes after removing them from the oven before placing them on a cooling rack. This will help them stay nice and fluffy.

Tools to Make Cupcakes at Home

A heavy-duty stand mixer is a must-have for home bakers and the classic Kitchen Aid stand mixer is a great investment.

To make sifting easy, try this set of 3 fine-mesh sifters.

I also love this set of 3 stacking mixing bowls from Kitchen Aid.

And, of course, you will need a cupcake pan!

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pumpkin molasses cupcakes with caramel apple frosting and sprinkles

Pumpkin Molasses Cupcakes

Spicy and delicious cupcakes made with pumpkin puree and molasses.
5 from 26 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 188kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cupcake liners
  • stand mixer (or large mixing bowl and hand mixer)
  • rubber or silicone spatula
  • cookie scoop
  • large mesh sifter

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup molasses
  • caramel apple frosting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, and ground cloves into a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix in. Add the pumpkin and molasses. The batter will look kind of curdled at this point, don't panic!
  • Turn the mixer on low and add the dry ingredients slowly until fully mixed in. Turn off the mixer right away being careful not to overmix the batter.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake pan using a cookie scoop or a spoon. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before placing them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Notes

  • When combining the wet and dry ingredients, make sure you mix on low just until combined. If you overmix the batter, your cupcakes will be dense.
  • All of the ingredients should be at room temperature before baking. This helps create a smooth and velvety batter creating even better cupcakes!
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes after removing them from the oven before placing them on a cooling rack. This will help them stay nice and fluffy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.2g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 8.2g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 13.2g | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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