Guest Post: Pumpkin Cupcakes

When Gina of Taste emailed me recently offering to do a sweet recipe for Chow and Chatter I couldn't resist as I am not much of a baker ☺ she has made wonderful pumpkin cupcakes for us, I just wish I could eat one!!
She has a lovely blog with good food and great information, be sure to visit

I have been reading Rebecca's blog for a few months now and have been loving it. It is so positive and informative. I have noticed that she thinks she isn't great when it comes to the sweet stuff, so I offered to write a guest post about something sweet.

Since it is fall, I went with a popular ingredient - pumpkin. These cupcakes are (slightly) healthier than many other recipes I have seen, but they are still moist and delicious with a great pumpkin flavor. The mascarpone cheese in the frosting is milder than average cream cheese and it adds a special twist to a typical frosting.


Pumpkin Cupcakes with Mascarpone Cheese Frosting (makes about 24 cupcakes)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 can of pumpkin (15 oz. can) OR 2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Put all dry ingredients (from all purpose flour through allspice) in a bowl and mix together with a whisk.
  3. Beat together sugar, oil, egg whites, and eggs until well blended.
  4. Add in the buttermilk and pumpkin and mix until blended.
  5. Mix the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture, until just blended.
  6. Coat muffin pans with non stick spray, or line with paper muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
Mascarpone Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese (allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes to soften)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a small amount of water (if necessary)
  1. Using an electric mixer, mix together the mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. If the frosting seems too thick, add a tiny amount of water to thin it out.
  2. Wait until cupcakes have completely cooled to frost.
  3. Store in an airtight container n the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  1. I love pumpkin. Great idea to use it to make to be moist and very delicious

  2. I love pumpkin desserts! Thanks for this recipe. The frosting looks so delicious.

  3. Wonderful post, they look great!

  4. Anything with pumpkin, and sugar, is something I like! In fact I'm posting about my pumpkin cookies today :) These cupcakes look wonderful!

  5. Love pumpkin anything this time of year, especially in the shape of a cupcake. And who could resist that frosting!

  6. Yummy cupcakes,liked the frosting,too good...

  7. Thanks Rebecca...these are so yummy, my husband and I each ate a few too many yesterday!

  8. Delicious cupcakes!fantastic Fall recipe :)

  9. HI all so pleased you like Gina's cupcakes I will pass all of the comments along, I am so happy to have these little goodies on here!

  10. I am not good at the sweet stuff, either. These look so good, though!

  11. Oh dear, now I'm going to have to try these! :) Lovely post!

  12. Yum - pumpkin cupcakes! These look delicious. I love the use of mascarpone in the frosting, too.

  13. Mmm, you had me at mascarpone cheese frosting!

  14. Everyones bringing pumpkin items into work..Ill bring these in monday...the icing sounds delish.

  15. Goregous pumpkin cupcakes.. love the frosting.

  16. will forward the lovely comments to sweet Gina, LOL Rebecca

  17. These are LOVELY ! I will make them for sure...and MASCRAPONE frosting ???!!?? just sounds out of this world to me... YUM YUM YUM !

  18. Gosh-everyone has some great pumpkin recipe or the other!
    I bought two last week-but Adi won't allow me to cook them!!He wants me to keep them outside the door like all the other houses :)

  19. oh sweta Adi is so funny, love it!
    Nat I know right!

  20. Pumpkin cupcakes are one of my faves! These are scrumptious!

  21. Gina is so happy you liked her cupcakes LOL

  22. Would love to try this recipe! Looks delish & great post too.

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