Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

These are my Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes making an appearance at our beloved #cupcakemondays.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

My son Luke and I got in the kitchen on Saturday afternoon to make these cupcakes together.

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My son Luke is 2 and a half years old. He loves baking with me. So we are always in the kitchen together. Which takes an enormous amount of patience, but can be the most fun thing in the world.

Watching my son learn how to bake, how to use the kitchen tools, how to say the names of the ingredients, that’s the coolest thing in the world for me. I hope and pray that Luke will want to cook with me as he grows older, because I have the best time baking with him.

Watch him, he is always so focused on learning and doing a good job at his task.

If you follow my instagram, or my other blog posts, you’ll often see Luke make an appearance. Since he could sit up by himself, I’ve been trying to involve him in my baking adventures.

Anyway, so today we can attribute the deliciousness of my Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes all to Luke’s magic touch.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

Let’s quickly talk about the frosting and how to obtain that swirl effect.

Well, that’s very easy.

How to make a bicolor swirl with frosting?

Simply place each frosting in an individual piping bag. And cut a hole at the end.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

Now, line a large piping bag with the tip of choice to frost your cupcakes.

Insert both frosting bags inside of the third piping bag.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

And this way, when you pipe, your work will look like this.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

I am using a Ateco 829 Pastry Tube – Star – Size 9 for the frosting.

Which happens to be one of my favorites.

chocolate pumpkin frosting

If you look at my previous cupcakes, you will see that I always try to put something on top of my cupcakes that’s going to make them special. Such as a Lindor truffle on top of my Lindt Cupcakes, or a macaron like in the case of these Matcha Cupcakes, or even a cinnamon roll, like my Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes. And these are just a few examples, you can check out some more cupcakes here.

However, with these Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes, not only did I have no idea of what to put on top of my cupcakes, but also, I kinda thought the swirled frosting would be special enough and could hold the stage.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

Now you tell me, what do you think? Do you prefer the over the top cupcakes, or you are more of a simply frosted cupcakes type of person?

So, when I was trying to think about what kind of chocolate frosting to help make this beautiful swirl, I wanted to go with a very dark, shiny chocolate frosting.

And I decided to go with this Fudge Chocolate Frosting. Super easy to make. Seriously delicious!

Which also made me decide to fill the cupcakes with the frosting, since a little chocolate overdose can never hurt anybody.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

And I am pleased with all of my decisions concerning these delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes. From the simple frosting, to the chocolate filling.

Another thing is that these Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes remind me of Halloween because of the dark chocolate and the combination with the orange from the pumpkin. So they could totally be considered halloween cupcakes too.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

My current status is: looking for someone to share these Chocolate Pumpkin cupcakes with. Since they are in my fridge as we speak, and if I let myself, I’d eat every single one of them. But of course I won’t. So I need to find someone who likes pumpkin and chocolate so I can share these cupcakes with them.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

Wish you all a wonderful day. Thanks for reading my blog!!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin cupcakes, filled with chocolate. Frosted with a swirl of Chocolate Fudge Frosting and Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 280 kcal


Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 190 grams, 6.7 oz
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 113 grams, 4 oz
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 50 grams, 1.7 oz
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 100 grams, 3.5 oz
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree 170 grams, 6 oz
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese softened (113 grams, 4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened (56 grams, 2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 56 grams, 2 oz
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar sifted (255 grams, 9 oz-382 grams, 13.5 oz)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened (113 grams, 4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese softened (113 grams, 4 oz)
  • 4 oz chopped dark chocolate melted (113 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar 191 grams, 6.75 oz - 255 grams, 9 oz
  • 1 teaspoon of milk or more as needed


Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • Line a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners.
  • Start by sifting the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, add the vegetable oil and the eggs. Whisk them together for about 60 seconds.
  • Add sugars and whisk until mixture is incorporated.
  • Add pumpkin puree and vanilla extract and whisk until incorporated.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until just incorporated.
  • Divide batter between the 12 cupcake tins.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes. When you touch the top of a cupcake lightly with your finger, it should spring back.
  • Let cupcakes cool down.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Cream butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar to the bowl with the mixer off.
  • Mix on low until powdered sugar is incorporated. Then whip mixture on high for 1 minute or so. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mix until combined. If frosting is too runny, add more sifted powdered sugar, as needed. If frosting is too stiff, add a bit of milk, one teaspoon at a time, mixing to check for consistency.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • Start by melting the chopped chocolate. Let it come to room temperature, or at least cool down to barely warm.
  • Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together for about 2 minutes.
  • Add cooled down chocolate and cream mixture, scraping the bottom of the bowl in order to incorporate everything together.
  • With the mixer off, add powdered sugar and cocoa to the bowl.
  • Mix on low until incorporated.
  • Raise speed to medium high and cream for 1-2 minutes.
  • If too stiff, add a bit of milk, 1 teaspoon at a time until you achieve the desired consistency.
  • If too runny, add a bit more sifted powdered sugar.
To assemble
  • Cut a hole in the center of each cupcake, setting the cake pieces aside. Fill the cupcakes with some of the chocolate fudge frosting. Cover with the cake top pieces.
  • Now, place each frosting in separate piping bags.
  • Cut a hole at the end of the bags.
  • Place both bags inside of a larger bag fitted with the tip you are going to use to frost your cupcakes. This will help you achieve the swirl effect. Look at pictures on the post above to check it out how to do it.
  • Cupcakes will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Keyword chocolate, cupcakes, pumpkin

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