Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes are so delicious with their surprise cheesecake center and wonderful pumpkin-spice flavor throughout!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

This is the time of year I absolutely love to bake. During October and November it’s all about the apple and pumpkin recipes for me. Some of my favorites include pumpkin bread, apple cakes, pumpkin rolls, apple crisp and definitely these Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes! They were the very first pumpkin treat I’ve made this year and they were everything I was hoping for. Soft, delicious and full of pumpkin-spice flavor. 😀

Once you take a bite of these heavenly cupcakes you’ll find a nice cheesecake surprise right in the center. I topped them off with my famous cream cheese frosting (my kids say it’s famous, anyway. haha) and it made these Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes all the more dreamy.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cheesecake

I have a big list on my phone of new pumpkin recipes I want to make this fall season, but I’m SO glad I started with this cupcake recipe first! My family stood at the table and watched as I photographed them, so they could be first in line to try them out. haha. Kale, I believe, inhaled his in 3 bites and grabbed another right after. 😀

I ate one cupcake (but wanted five) and slowly savored every bite. Right after I was finished I grabbed a recipe card and wrote down the recipe exactly how I made it. Then I popped it right into my “famous recipes” box because this one is a keeper for sure. I know I’ll be making them again soon.


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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Course Cake, Cakes, Cupcakes, Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12
Author Holly



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs

Cheesecake Filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  • CHEESECAKE FILLING: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, sugar and pumpkin pie spice on medium speed until combined and creamy; set aside.
  • CUPCAKES: In a large bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
  • In another large bowl, stir/whisk together pumpkin puree, sugars, vegetable oil and eggs. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Scoop about 1/4 cup or slightly less batter into each muffin liner. Drop 2 teaspoons cream cheese filling into the center of each cup. Top with remaining batter to completely cover the filling. Place into oven and bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: In a large bowl, add cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Beat with an electric hand-mixer on medium speed until well combined. Gradually blend in powdered sugar. Frost cooled cupcakes then enjoy! (To pipe the frosting as pictured I used a Wilton 1A tip and piping bag.)


*This recipe can easily be doubled to make 24 cupcakes.
*The frosting recipe makes a lot. You can cut it in half if you don’t like a lot of frosting.
Pumpkin Cupcakes
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18 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

  1. This recipe looks delicious!!! Unless I not reading it correctly, the ingredients for the CHEESECAKE FILLING are missing. Thanks for all your delicious recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these and they were delicious. I overfilled them with cake batter with the 1st batch but the 2nd batch was perfect.

  3. Hello! Thinking I am going to make “minis” and wondering how the cook temperature and time would change? Thank you! 🙂

  4. These are delicious! I decreased the oil by 1/2 and added Chopped walnuts. You don’t even need to frOst these becaUse theY are sweet enough with the cream cheese filliNg. (which makes them a muffin and perfect for breakfast or brunch.) thanks for Posting the recipe. I’ll look forward to trying some more of your recipes.

  5. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly as written and they came out amazing!!!! Will definitely make again and again. Thank you

  6. 5 stars
    Made these tonight and Let me tell you, they were so easy to make and taste wonderful. I always love Getting these at starbucks and now i dont have to, i can make them right here at home. Thank you for sharing.

  7. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I cut the frosting recipe in half and it was just right. So moist and so delicious. Thank you so much fOr sharing!

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