Festive Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

on September 4, 2020
last updated on April 5, 2021
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Fall has arrived with these fluffy and moist Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting. If you love pumpkin spice, you will LOVE these muffins.
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What better way to celebrate the arrival of Fall than Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting? These fluffy and moist muffins are already out of this world, but when you add a heaping pile of creamy spiced goodness, you truly get the perfect bite.

In Florida, Fall is a fleeting (if even existent at all) season, which usually means it takes 10 minutes rather than 5 to start profusely sweating when you brave the non-climate controlled environment that is the outside world.

Green tip: Eating seasonally is one of the best (and most delicious) ways to support local and decrease your carbon footprint. Local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Simply put, eating seasonally = less environmental impact.

So we Floridians rely heavily on pumpkin spice lattes and the acceptance of boots with shorts as a fashion statement to make us feel like we are experiencing Fall with the rest of the country.

And eating these Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting is like sinking your teeth into Fall’s finest flavors.

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Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting Tips and Tricks

Let It All Hang Out…

…of your fridge for at least 30 minutes BEFORE you start baking. The butter, eggs, and milk will all mix beautifully into a smooth batter if they are at room temperature. This will help you achieve optimal fluffiness and avoid overbeating.

Same goes for your frosting. In order to get that silky texture, both the cream cheese and the butter should be softened.

In a pinch, you can use the microwave to soften your butter and cream cheese. Just zap them in 15-second intervals, being careful not to melt them.

Melt Hearts, Not Frosting

The hardest part of baking these bad boys is waiting to frost them once they come out of the oven.

I’ll admit it, nine times out of ten I’ll eat one warm before I get the chance to frost it. But, after your ONE, let the rest cool completely before frosting.

Because while a muffin swimming in a pool of melted cream cheese frosting will probably still taste good, our goal is to get a little pile of deliciousness on top.

For more fun Fall flavors, check out this Drunken Apple Pie with Bourbon Glaze and Sparkling Mulled Cranberry Cocktail.

Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: Dinner


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Fall has arrived with these fluffy and moist Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting. If you love pumpkin spice, you will LOVE these muffins.


  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • 15 ounces pure pumpkin puree, canned

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 stick butter, softened

  • 8 ounce block of cream cheese, room temperature

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice


  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Beat together pumpkin puree, butter, and sugars until blended well.
  • Mix in eggs and vanilla until just integrated.
  • Add flour, baking soda, salt, and spices until batter is smooth. Try not to over-mix.
  • Line your muffin tin and fill each cup about 3/4 of the way with batter, leaving just a little bit of room to rise. Pumpkin Muffins With Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting - Ready For Oven
  • Bake 14-16 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

  • Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
  • Add 1 cup of sugar and beat until fully integrated.
  • Add remainder of flour, vanilla, and spices and whip until desired consistency achieved.
  • When muffins are completely cool, use piping bag or spatula to generously frost each muffin. Enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Make sure your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature. If you don’t have time to wait, you can microwave them in 15 second-intervals until just softened- not melted!
  • You can use any milk you like for this reipe, just make sure it’s not sweetened.

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