Pumpkin passion cupcakes

special treat for Halloween
Special treat for Halloween
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For the cupcakes:
175ml Sunflower oil
175g light Muscovado sugar
3 Large eggs
1 tsp Vanilla extract
200g Pumpkin or butternut squash flesh coarsely grated
100g Sultanas
grated zest 1 Oranges
2 tsp Cinnamon ground
200g Self-rising flour
1 tsp Baking soda
for the frosting:
200g Cream Cheese tub full-fat
85g Icing sugar
to decorate Pecans toasted chopped pecans,(optional)

Nutritional information

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  • for the frosting:

Pumpkin passion cupcakes


Pumpkin Passion Cupcakes are a staple in my house once the weather starts to cool down and the days get shorter. I love to make a batch of these and have them in the cupboard to satisfy any snacking requirements!

These cupcakes keep for a few days in an airtight container so it’s always a good idea to make a double batch!

To make Pumpkin Passion Cupcakes you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Pumpkin passion cupcakes

So, how to make Pumpkin Passion Cupcakes?

Steps to make Pumpkin passion cupcakes


Heat the oven and prepare a cupcake tray


Preheat the oven to 355 °F. Line a cupcake tray with paper muffin cups.


Combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla


Pour the oil into a large baking bowl. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and beat well.


Mix in the pumpkin, sultanas and orange zest


Stir in the pumpkin, sultanas and orange zest. Mix well to incorporate.


Add the dry ingredients


Add the cinnamon, flour and bicarbonate of soda. Stir well until you have a wet cupcake batter.


Add the batter to the muffin tray


Spoon the batter into the muffin tray. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 cupcake cases.




Bake the muffins for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted comes out clean.


Make the frosting


While the muffins bake, mix the cream cheese and icing sugar together in a small bowl. When the muffins cool, spread the frosting on top and sprinkle some toasted chopped pecan nuts on top.



Serve at room temperature.

These Pumpkin Passion Cupcakes are a great idea when you have lots of pumpkin leftover after Halloween pumpkin carving! Try them out soon and don’t forget to tag #cookmerecipes in your baking posts!

Lilly is an enthusiastic and cheerful young mom. She knows as well as any parent that children can be really picky when it comes to food. And she’s had plenty of experience trying to cook meals that are both tasty and nutritious, and able to satisfy the tastes of a fussy kid right away! To save you some precious time, Lilly's going to share with you all the tricks she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to! She has a wealth of recipes for quick and easy meals for kids and families on a budget.

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Total Reviews: 21
Mollie Jutson

Wasn't too sure if I'd like this cause I always have a hard time finding things to make that include pumpkin but don't have an awefully strong pumpkin taste but the orange and cinnamon really evened it out in this.

Diya Matejek

Very dry if you don't add any type of frosting or glaze and it crumbles too, the taste isn't bad but it needs a bit of work for sure.

Shannon Crosta

Shortened down the amount of cinnamon and used vegetable oil instead of sunflower.

Journi Mahlke

Wish I could rate it more than just 5 stars this deserves atleast a 10 it was super flavorful and delicious, I served it with some marshmellow fluff on the top and sprinkled some cinnamon on top too.

Kinslee Wallenberg

Thanks again for another brilliant recipe Lilly you never fail to amaze me with all your extrodnary meals.

Mariella Eckrote

I'm so inlove with the icing that I even added it to my baileys cake.

Aubriella Biekert

Its not too flavourful like i expected it to be actually i dont think its sweet at all it looks good and smells good but doesnt taste any different than an oridinary muffin from walmart.

Milani Gefre

Lemon zest is better than orange zest with this recipe.

Devyn Fedigan

Be VERY careful when adding the vanilla extract or your cupcakes will turn into a disaster trust me i would even suggest adding only 1/2 of a tsp if you're making 6 cupcakes only.

Haleigh Vellanki

Fantastic recipe enjoyed every bite of it and so did my kids.

Aryana Gicker

Mouthwatering dessert I served it to my love for our anniversary along with some white wine.

Raquel Strittmater

WOW if heaven could send cupcakes down to earth that were made by angels this would be it lol..

Keila Mabary

Didn't think I'd be able to make something this good since im new to baking but thanks to the easy steps i managed to do well :)

Celia Strommen

Completely avoided the sultanas and replaced them with dried crainberries it goes much better with pumpkin.

Whitley Mcraney

Bookmarking this website you guys legit have the best stuff out there.

Dalia Dailey

Close your eyes and imagine the sweetest best pumpkin pie you've ever had now open them and make this recipe because that's exactly what this taste like but MORE because of the additional flavors and context added..

Kaylynn Dimit

Very delightful little things, I added 1/2 of honey and 1/4 a cup of chocolate chips.

Gretchen Takaki

Almost taste like pumpkin pie but easier to make and way faster than making a fresh pumpkin pie too, loved it.

Brenda Cristantiello

Mine sunk into itself..looks like a disaster what did I do wrong???

Marlowe Georgatos

Wondeful passion pumpkin cupcakes not only creative but delicious and fluffy just like I was picturing them out to be.


Yummy-yummy! Thank you! Approved!

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