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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes Cooking View

Oh yes, it’s here…fall is upon us.  Okay, I know in many places it may still be (way) too hot for sweatshirts and football hasn’t really started yet, but for many people Labor Day weekend and the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks marks the unofficial start of the season.  Last year a reader emailed me to ask if I would develop a pumpkin spice latte cupcake and I immediately loved the idea.  Unfortunately that was right near the end of the fall transitioning to winter and seasonal beverages were transitioning to peppermint mochas.  Since the timing wasn’t quite right I jotted down the idea and went right along with my holiday baking.  But the idea has been lurking, never forgotten, just waiting for the season to come around again.

The past couple of weeks I have worked on tweaking the recipe to get it just right, and this version fits the bill.  I started with a basic pumpkin cupcake but dialed down the spices and added in some espresso powder.  After baking, the cupcakes are brushed with coffee to further enhance that flavor.  Then they are finished off with lightly sweetened whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of caramel a la the fancy barista-constructed drinks we know and love.  Try them, enjoy them, and welcome fall with open arms.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
Yield: about 2 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. espresso powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. salt
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
4 large eggs
½ cup coffee or espresso, for brushing

For the frosting:
2¼ cups heavy cream, chilled
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

To finish: 
Ground cinnamon
Caramel sauce

Cooking View

Directions

  • To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Stir together and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together the pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar and oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixture on low speed, add the flour mixture in two additions, mixing just until incorporated.

  • Fill the cupcake liners about three-quarters full. Bake until the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pans. While the cupcakes are still warm, brush them two or three times with the coffee or espresso, allowing the first coat to soak in before repeating. Let cool completely.

  • To make the frosting, place the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium-low speed at first, gradually increasing to high speed. Blend in the confectioners’ sugar gradually. Whip until stiff peaks form, being careful not to over-beat. Use a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip to frost the cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and drizzle with caramel sauce. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

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  • http://appleandspice.blogspot.com Katie

    Wow these look fabulous and I love the idea of adding a hint of coffee. I can almost taste the sweet mysterious coffee pumpkin earthiness. Gorgeous

  • Megan

    I’m in LOVE!!!! Thanks Annie, AGAIN!! :)

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Pumpkin spice latte in cupcake form- so smart! love it!

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    Annie, I’m in love! These look so cute. The perfect latte-cupcake. <3

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen @ What’s Baking in the Barbershop?!

    These look fabulous!! Pumpkin spice lattes are the one Starbucks beverage I look forward to every year… And then you put them in cupcake form? Wow! Awesome. :)

  • http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    I love this idea! So glad you were able to bring it to fruition… the cupcakes look fantastic :).

  • Nicole G

    I just purchased my first SB Pumpkin Spice Latte of this fall season this morning (althougth I am a bit bitter that I paid $5 for a coffee and they filled it only a bit more than half full, WTH?) I cannot wait to make these cupcakes! Great work, Annie! Thanks!

  • Stephanie

    Ah! When I saw the pic on Facebook I was hoping they might be this!!

  • http://feeeeedmeseymour.wordpress.com/ Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    I’ve never been a big fan of the pumpkin spice latte, but then again I’m not a big fan of coffee. A pumpkin spice latte cupcake? That’s something I can get on board with! I’ll be trying these very soon!

  • http://thekitchwitch.com TheKitchenWitch

    Those are drop-dead stunning! Sound delicious, too.

  • Kristen

    Oh wow! I am SO excited to make these! Fabulous idea, as always!

  • http://justinandalanakarl.blogspot.com Alana Karl

    Oh my, those look fantastic! Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to make them!

  • Staci

    All I can say is THANK YOU! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I will be making these today!

  • http://agiltnutmeg.wordpress.com/ Emily

    What a GREAT idea!!! I don’t drink coffee, but every Fall I find myself making a few stops at Starbucks for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. There’s something about them I just can’t resist!

  • http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.com Stephanie

    I think I may be in heaven! Pumpkin Spice Lattes are my absolute favorite! What a fabulous idea to make them into a cupcake!

  • Brenda

    Where can I buy the espresso powder?

  • http://www.mrsregueiro.com Krystal R

    Absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to make these babies!! I love PSL’s like it’s no one’s business, these would definitely satisfy my sweet tooth for pumpkin, too!

  • http://lifeinbeantownusa.blogspot.com Sara

    You have read my mind! I was just telling my husband yesterday that we needed to find a recipe for a pumpkin spice latte cupcake. I cannot wait to try this!!

  • http://sweetsugarbelle.com sweetsugarbelle

    You’re a genius, period!

  • http://theyellowhousecook.com/ Marie | theyellowhousecook

    I love cooking with pumpkin puree (I find it lends such a nice, moist texture), and these sound simply delicious – they’ve been added to my must-try list!

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    What beautiful cupcakes! Those autumnal flavors are amazing.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • http://angidoesministry.blogspot.com Angi

    Oh I love these. So so very much. I am making these TODAY! :)

  • http://whataboutpie.blogspot.com/ Bonnie@WhatAboutPie

    WHAT!!!!!! I love this idea! These look absolutely heavenly. I will definitely make these for “girl talk” night.

  • Annie

    Please see the FAQ page.

  • http://theavidappetite.com Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I am always excited for fall, but this just put me over the edge! They look amazing!

  • http://catalystcupcakes.wordpress.com Lia

    I could not wait for fall, and the return of the pumpkin spice latte. These not only look amazing but just scream fall, very excited to work these into my “to do” list.

  • http://www.sodomesticated.blogspot.com Emily@SoDomesticated

    Miss Annie… these look delish… I love fall baking!

  • Kari

    I think I have died and gone to heaven!

  • http://www.myfudo.com myFudo

    Looks amazingly beautiful… so scrumptious. Haven’t tried pumpkin cupcakes before but this looks promising, dying to try it out.

  • http://sabelko.blogspot.com Beth Sabelko

    This MADE my day. Fall just isn’t fall without pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin spice blizzards. My birthday was yesterday and I was going to make your red velvet cupcakes (my favorite!!) but these sound even better!

  • http://www.thecurvycarrot.com Shanon

    You are a GENIUS.

  • http://cafelula.wordpress.com Julia

    Your cupcakes are always so pretty :)

  • http://sherrilynnpuz.blogspot.com/ sherri lynn

    I love this! What a perfect way to welcome fall. Can’t wait to make these!

  • http://caitimae-bakes.blogspot.com caiti tabbert

    ohhh my!!! this look SO good! I love anything pumpkin! thanks for sharing, this will be on my ‘must eat’ list this week. :)

  • http://www.dancerbakes.blogspot.com Angela @ The Dancer Bakes

    I’m pretty sure my dancer friends would love me forever if I made these for them…hmm… :) Thanks for another fabulous creation, Annie!

  • http://sunflowercakery.com Esther

    I’ve been waiting for you to come up with a new cupcake recipe – can’t wait to try these! They sound (and look) divine.

  • http://jandrzoo.blogspot.com June

    These look wonderful! Had to pin it and post a link on my facebook page!!!

  • http://cookingwithlt.blogspot.com Laura

    I love this! Can’t wait to treat myself to these on an upcoming fall weekend. And I plan on having a Starbucks latte even sooner :)

  • http://thiswomancooks.blogspot.com Christina @ This Woman Cooks!

    Fantastic idea. Best fall thing I’ve seen so far!

  • Tracy Knapp

    Just curious….Is the canned pumpkin the same as pumpkin puree…or are you blending the canned pumpin….just not sure??

  • Annie

    It’s the same thing.

  • http://4letters-food.blogspot.com/ Jhoanna Haynes

    Considering the closest Starbucks is a 20 min drive, this will satisfy my cravings for pumpkin spice lattes.

  • http://www.lifeofamodernhousewife.blogspot.com christyd

    This sounds fabulous! Will definitely be giving this one a try!

  • http://www.teaandscones.wordpress.com Margaret

    If those taste 1/2 as good as they look….

    Perfect for the cooler days upon us.

  • http://www.almostfoodie.com Miya

    OMG. Really? I need one of these in my life. Right now! I can’t wait to try this and wash it down with a PSL from Starbucks.

  • http://www.lessonsinfood.wordpress.com The Cooking Teacher

    Every year my school throws a Pumpkin Blaze of carved pumpkins and my students cater it with pumpkin treats. You would love it! We make a Pumpkin Chai Latte and pumpkin cupcakes but this is a whole new idea! Love it, thanks :c)

  • http://cookingbride.wordpress.com Lisa @ The Cooking Bride

    Oh yum! Pumpkin spiced anything is one of my favorite things about fall.

  • cass

    can i just tell you…you have made my life with this recipe.

  • http://www.happywhennothungry.com Happy When Not Hungry

    Wow these cupcakes look fantastic!!!! These are perfect for fall :-)

  • http://frostingforthecause.com Paula

    Not only do they sound delicious but OMG they look beautiful!

  • http://www.magpiesandmore.com Maggie

    My favorite drink of all time in a cupcake — I’m in love! I cannot WAIT to make these!

  • http://mytastyliving.blogspot.com/ Angela @ mytastyliving

    These make me very happy! Fall is my favorite time of the year and I <3 pumpkin spice lattes! Super excited to make these! :)

  • Lauren

    I made these tonight without the coffee flavor and they were DELICIOUS. Best cupcake recipe I’ve tried, hands down. They came out perfectly. I used vanilla extract in the caramel sauce instead of the vanilla bean because it was too expensive, but it still turned out delicious. Thank you so much!

  • Kristin

    Yay! Thanks so much for making these from my suggestion! I’m excited to give these a try!

  • Kendra

    Does the whipped cream hold up overnight or do you need to serve them immediately?

  • Annie

    It’s fine overnight.

  • Annie

    Kristin, YAY! I could not remember who suggested them but I am glad that you saw the post (and thanks again for the inspiration!)

  • Denise

    I made these today! I wanted something special for a friend’s birthday and something that I could take to my Bible study in the morning. They are delicious, and my latte-loving friends are going to flip! Thanks for creating this one!

  • SarahD

    Wow my co-workers will love you for this! I haven’t used whipped cream frosting for cupcakes before. I usually make mine the night before. Will the frosting hold up?

  • http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    I just made a muffin version of these cupcakes, and they are fantastic! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Annie :). I’ll be posting them next week.

  • Megan

    I made these this week, and they are as amazing as they look!! I think they are even better than the actual lattes themselves. Now I just need a reason to make another batch. WONDERFUL!!

  • http://www.wix.com/abbeykline/photography Abbey Kline

    Ok, I made these last night. You are simply brilliant. They are perfect – I was a little apprehensive about how much espresso powder went in, but it was the perfect amount. My favorite part is how the simple frosting completely gives you the taste of the milk in the latte! Thanks for this new staple! :)

  • Annie

    Abbey, I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I agree, the espresso powder seemed like a lot but in the first few attempts I tried the flavor just didn’t come through enough. Glad I got it right eventually!

  • Kait

    Annie! I am a grad student and I am currently in the beginning stages of putting a cooking blog together. The first recipe I made and soon will be posting about is your pumpkin spice latte cupcakes!!!! They were AMAZING and a big hit! I can’t wait to make these again :)

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  • http://www.buttercream-bakehouse.com buttercream bakehouse

    sounds amazing. I may have to try these.

  • Tanya

    These really are wonderful, not overly sweet, easy to make and plenty to go around.

  • erin

    any suggestion for someone who doesn’t have an electric mixer for the frosting? perhaps a buttercream of some sort?

  • Annie

    Please check out the faq page. Thanks!

  • Brittany

    These look incredible — a delectable spin on my favorite fall treat! I’m not crazy about whipped cream frosting, I prefer a richer buttercream or cream cheese. Would using one of these frostings instead overpower the coffee flavor?

  • Annie

    It might, the only way to know is try it and see.

  • Rebekah

    My sister’s work is having a bake sale and volunteered me to participate. I want to make this, but am apprehensive about the whipped cream frosting and having the cupcakes out on display for who knows how long. I’m not worried so much about the whipped cream going “bad” so much as it might start separating.

    I guess my question is, do you think they will be okay?

  • Annie

    I don’t think it will separate but I would be much more concerned about the safety aspect and personally would not sell (or buy) something like that at a bake sale.

  • Rebekah

    Okay, thanks! I will try to find something else!

  • Madison

    I love pumpkin and couldn’t resist a recipe like this. The final result was tasty, but a little lacking in the pumpkin department. The next time around, I’ll punch up the pumpkin (and the spices too), but all in all, a good cupcake. I also enjoy the lightness of the whipped cream on top, instead of a heavier frosting.

  • Annie

    The reason the pumpkin is subtle is because this is not a pumpkin cupcake but more like a pumpkin spice latte, in which the pumpkin flavor is very subtle. My original attempt at these was a pumpkin cupcake where the spices overpowered the coffee flavor, and was basically just a pumpkin cupcake. You can’t really just “punch up the pumpkin” without effecting the ratios and consistency of the batter. If you want a good traditional pumpkin cupcake, try the one linked in the text of this post. Enjoy!

  • Danielle

    I made these today. OMG they are incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://buttercupcountsherblessingsblogspot:com/ Buttercup

    I’ve got to make these. Love all things pumpkin!

  • goldie

    Hi Annie, i made these this weekend and they were delicious only problem was that you could not taste the coffee at all! how did you make the coffee you painted on the muffins- if you are using instant how many teaspoons would u put to water so the flavor would come through.. thanks and thank you again for all the amazing recipes!

  • Annie

    I used the coffee base from my iced coffee recipe, but any coffee should be fine. Most readers have said they really liked the flavor balance so it’s probably just a personal preference issue.

  • Lori

    have you ever used coconut oil as a substitute for vegetable oil, if so would you recommend it and do you have any tips? I think it’s supposed to be healthier but not sure. Thanks!

  • Meagan

    Made these this morning because I wanted my house to smell like fall. Everyone here at the office loved them! One of the best comments was from a non-pumpkin fan to another colleague “I don’t even like pumpkin, but they are fabulous and you have to try one.” Thanks again for the wonderful photos and recipes.

  • Meagan

    Made these this morning because I wanted my house to smell like fall. Everyone here at the office loved them! One of the best comments was from a non-pumpkin fan recommending them to a colleague. Thank you for sharing this recipe and photos.

  • Jen

    Good to know that the whipped cream holds up overnight. I left these out in the break room at work and was afraid that the cream would weep, so I let people top themselves with Reddiwhip (I know, so tacky…cringing) and cinnamon. Still delicious, though! They disappeared quickly!

  • Annie

    I haven’t but from what I understand it’s not really a neutral oil (taste-wise) so I’m not sure it would be a suitable sub in every situation. Sorry, I just don’t know about that!

  • http://ingredientsinc.net Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    omg beyond amazing

  • Ali

    I made these for an event and they were a huge hit! Thanks for posting.

  • Kate

    Just made the pumpkin cream cheese muffins tonight and I’m already trying to figure out when I can make these! Brushing the cake with coffee/espresso is a great idea to enhance flavor. I’ve learned thru making cocktail cupcakes that liqueurs bake right out and are often hard to detect. You’re much better off brushing the tops with a reduced syrup or in this case a strong cup of joe. The less you water it down the more the flavor comes thru so it can be fun to experiment to your liking. Thank you Annie for sharing. I love your photos!

  • Julia

    I made these yesterday (instead of my organic assignment…whoops) and substituted applesauce for half of the oil. I found they were a little more muffin than cupcake, but still delicious! They’re very good with coffee for us poor university students who can’t afford the real thing ;)

    Also, for anyone who’s interested/living in Canada where pumpkin puree jars are given in volume instead of weight, I used a little over 1 1/2 cups and it worked out well.

  • http://ClassiclyAmber.com/blog ClassiclyAmber

    Oh YUM! Those are gorgeous – and surely just crazy tasty!!! I can’t wait to try. :D

  • http://mary@3rbiz.com Mary Ruschak

    sounds yummy

  • http://www.familyforeverxoxo.blogspot.com Amy Dawson

    I need a bib. Seriously. And I need a new exercise routine.. cause all of this is gonna cause some serious gusto in the kitchen department at our house ! Thank for you your blog ! (Ask me again if im thankfull when im running an extra mile to burn these off :)))))

  • Erin

    These look fantastic! I plan on making them this weekend. I’m hoping to give some to a friend at the end of next week. How long will these keep? Do they freeze well – without the whipped cream of course :)

  • Angella

    I just made these for my son’s teachers and they were delicious. Since I live in Arizona I used a cream cheese frosting because the whipped cream one would not last in this heat. Thank you for sharing!

  • Annie

    Please see the FAQ page regarding food storage. I haven’t frozen them.

  • Farmgirl

    Oh my word these are delicious! I made them today for my sons birthday party tomorrow and I just sampled one now and they are so incredible and awesome! I made your caramel sauce to go with it also! Everything turned out just perfect! Thanks so much!

  • http://theregoesthecupcake.wordpress.com/ Kelly

    Made these last night and they were a huge hit at work today. The whip cream topping really finished them off nicely, not too sweet. Thanks!

  • Susan

    Made these to take in for ladies bible study today. Totally awesome two dozen were gone quickly

  • http://internettherapy.wordpress.com/ morgan

    Seriously? I need at least 2 dozen of these just for myself. Right. Now.

    OMGGGGGGGGG!!!!!

  • Janelle King

    I made these, wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://catesworldkitchen.com Cate

    I just made these (but was too lazy to brush them with coffee) and my husband and I both LOVED them! The only change I made was adding a pinch of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to the whipped cream. SO GOOD!

  • http://www.rbkcreations.com Ariela

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I saw it the day you posted it, talked about it with friends and co-workers and I was finally able to make them last night! Love love love them! I brushed them with a caramel flavored coffee. Next time I may add more espresso powder and more coffee on top, like asking for an extra shot of espresso. Perfect recipe and I will definitely be making these a lot more! The disappeared at work after about 25 minutes!

  • Sara

    Just made these. Amazing. Fluffy, yet moist; a subtle and sophisticated taste. I am always critical of my own baking, but tonight I couldn’t find anything to critique! I was skeptical of whipped cream as frosting, but I think anything else would tip the balance of flavors. Thanks for the best fall recipe I’ve found yet this year!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/tanyacayala Tanya

    Pumpkin Spice Lattes are one of my favourite things about Fall, so I was very excited to see this recipe. It had been a while since I tried something new in my kitchen, but since it’s Thanksgiving weekend I thought I would try it out. I am so happy I did! They’re delicious, just the right pumpkin & spice balance. They were easy and quick to prepare. I’ll be making them again very soon! I can’t wait to share them with my friends :) Thanks Annie!

  • Tami

    I was wondering the same thing as I just bought some and used it in my first recipe, a almond granola. I really don’t think it had a strong flavor at all and I would bet the taste wouldn’t affect the at all. I wonder if the consistencies of the 2 oils would though, since at room temp, coconut oil is solid. I made these cupcakes tonight…DELISH!

  • Tami

    I made these tonight with a few alterations. I made them with gluten free flour and they were still as amazing as I imagined! I did 3 brushings of coffee, I think they could have had a few more brushings so if anyone wants more coffee flavor, I would recommend that. I was nervous about making your vanilla bean caramel sauce. I’m always afraid I’ll burn it so I never attempt. But I couldn’t imagine these cupcakes without homemade caramel and it was a success! I have one tip though, after stirring in the cream, my sauce was really runny. I was on a bit of a time crunch so I didn’t have time to let it cool and see if it would set so instead, I heated it up until just before it started bubbling (all while continually stirring). I let it “almost bubble” for a few minutes and then removed it from the heat. It thickened it right up! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  • http://kyleredente.blogspot.com Kyle

    I had a chance to make these wonderful cupcakes for a group of women this week and they were a hit. I couldn’t do the whipped cream frosting so substituted a caramel buttercream. Super good. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Anna

    I just made these a few days ago for a coworkers last day. HUGE success. They had that amazing pumpkin latte flavor to keep the coffee lovers happy without being so overpowering that the coffee haters loved them too. And the frosting was perfect, I have a coworker that HATES cream cheese frosting so this was perfect. I’ll be using it to make carrot cake cupcakes for her birthday. I’m so happy you posted this.

  • http://www.melskitchencreations.blogspot.com Melissa

    I’m planning on making an actual cake with this recipe, do you see any potential issues? I’ll also be using cream cheese buttercream as it will hold up better under fondant. I’d appreciate any tips you might have!

  • Annie

    Not really, but I doubt it will taste much like the pumpkin spice latte under all the rest of that. Probably more like pumpkin cake on its own. Good luck!

  • http://www.katskitchen.wordpress.com Stacie

    Delicious cupcakes! Just posted about these on my blog. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Joanna

    I made a double batch of these today for a party! It’s the second time I’ve made them and i’m really crazy about them!!

  • Crystal

    Where can I find some espresso ‘powder’??? Hoping to try these tomorrow, they’ve been on my to- bake list since it was posted. =)

  • Jennifer

    Where do you get the expresso powder? what does ½ cup coffee or espresso, for brushing mean?

  • http://www.cakestory.blogspot.com CakeStory

    I made these. Annie, they’re amazing and they’re going in to my “make again” file. In fact I’m sitting here at work, drooling at the memory of how the tasted weeks ago for my housewarming. They are tender, and homey, and delicious. So light that I wanted two or three when I hardly ever even eat half! I will be making SIX DOZEN of these for Thanksgiving to take to all the dinners we have to drop-in on! Thank you!!

  • Kristin

    I’m having trouble locating some espresso powder. I read that you can ground them yourself? or even substitute coffee grounds. that makes me slightly nervous though.. any ideas/tips? I’ve been wanting to make these for weeks now!! any help would be appreciated

  • Annie

    Please see the FAQ page. Thanks.

  • Lizziemc1775

    Made these (along with the peppermint mocha ones) for my English department party. They were gone in about two seconds. Thanks for the delicious recipe! I’ll be making them for Christmas dinner dessert. Let’s hope my mother in law likes them! :-)

  • Sonia16santos

    I can’t say much…except for AMAZING! Love your blog :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9343331 Lena Starz

    i just made this and i had to eat 2! it was sooo GOOD! :D

  • Shellyt806

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe. My pastor loves pumkin spice latte from starbucks, her birthday was 28th which happened to be our class night. Thanks to you I was able to whip up 2 dozen yummy cupcakes and celebrate with the girlfriends. I did use the alternative of reddi-whip topped up with cinnamon and caramel. Looked just like the top of a latter. Many thanks!

  • Mary

    OK OK am saving this recipe for a special occasion !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384520607 Stephanie Parker

    I made these and they were absolutely amazing! I couldn’t get enough. I enjoy making your recipes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384520607 Stephanie Parker

    I really enjoys this recipe. Can really taste the pumpkin and the caramel on top. I lightly sprinkles sea salt on top, just a tad bit and it was really yummy. I love making your recipes.

  • Morgan

    These are amazing! I couldn’t find espresso powder at either of my usual grocery stores, but I substituted with the same amount of instant espresso. It seemed to do the trick. These are wonderful, and I will certainly be making them again to tide me over until September when the pumpkin spice latte comes back to Starbucks!

  • Lisa D

    Do you suggest using pumkin spice flavored coffee or any type of coffee?

  • annieseats

    Regular coffee.

  • Danica

    can I use melted butter instead of oil?

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page regarding substitutions. Thanks.

  • Kaitlyn

    Do these rise well?

  • annieseats

    Yes.

  • http://rainbootsandbeef.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    I tried this recipe and they turned out lovely. Here is my review here:
    http://www.rainbootsandbeef.com/2012/09/on-taste-of-fall-pumpkin-spice-style.html

  • DK Designs

    I just made this today and my nephew said everything about it was DELICIOUS! Plan to bring them to my husband’s work as a thank you for them helping my son sell his raffle tickets for a school fundraiser. The caramel sauce took a long time, but the hardened sugar finally melted and it was worth the wait!

  • Bakin’ Cupcakes

    I was not able to find espresso powder. Is there a substitue? Or where do you find it?

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page. Thanks.

  • Caeley

    i make cupcakes ALOT, and these were some of my absolute favorites ever!

  • Debbie

    Just made this – they are so pretty and taste amazing! Everyone loved it! I skipped the brushing with coffee part because the espresso I used in the batter seemed pretty strong.

  • Hadar

    Hi Annie,
    I made these cupcakes for my family and they were a huge success! They are so delicious and super moist. Thank you so much. I love your recipes.

  • Shana

    I just made these this past weekend and they turned out great! I couldn’t find espresso powder so I used instant coffee and even brushed regular coffee on top but I couldn’t taste it when I ate the cupcake. However, these were great anyway! They reminded me of eating a slice of pumpkin pie with whip cream on top. Thanks Annie :) I’ll be making more of these :)

  • Austyn Pritt

    Just made these. Added vanilla to the whipped cream, and instead of caramel sauce, topped with pumpkin pie spice because that’s how it’s served at Starbucks. Amazing! What a fantastic recipe! Thanks Annie!

  • Meg

    Oh wow, these are just phenomenal. I’m not a coffee drinker, but the flavor was subtle enough that I really enjoyed these. The cupcake itself is delicious even without the frosting! But the homemade caramel sauce really sends these over the top. Thanks for another amazing, fail-proof recipe, Annie, and good luck studying!!

  • Linda

    Annie. I made these tonight to celebrate fall. YUM is what hubbie tells me. Thanks for another great recipe. Love your blog. Keep those delicious cupcake recipes coming!

  • Sarah

    Hi Annie! Which cupcake liners are using? Thanks. :)

  • Sara Marie

    I made these for my friends birthday today. there are no words to explain the obscene delicousness of these cupcakes. they are moist, fluffy, and the icing is whipped cream perfection. THANK YOU!!!!

  • annieseats

    Wonderful! I am so glad you enjoyed them :)

  • annieseats

    They are brown striped liners, can’t remember specifically where these came from.

  • Sarah

    Okay. Thanks! :D Happy Baking!