Cook With Manali's Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with toasted Pecans and topped with a creamy Chocolate Frosting.
Course Dessert
Servings: 15 cupcakes
Calories: 356 kcal
Author: Manali


Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.25 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1.25 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • cup buttermilk
  • cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Chocolate Frosting

  • ½ cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • cup confectioners sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon powder


  1. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners or spray it with a nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with oil and place pecans on it.
  4. Toast the pecans at 350 F degrees for 6-7 minutes or till fragrant.
  5. Take out of the oven and chop them coarsely. Set aside.
  6. In a bowl whisk together all purpose flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  7. In the steel bowl of your stand mixer or using your hand mixer beat together vegetable oil and both the sugars till well combined.
  8. Add eggs, vanilla extract and mix till well combined.
  9. Now add the pumpkin puree and mix.
  10. Start adding the flour mix and alternate with buttermilk. Add the flour in 3 parts and buttermilk in 2 parts starting and ending with flour.
  11. Mix till just combined. Do not overmix.
  12. Fold in the chopped toasted pecans.
  13. Fill the cupcake liners till 2/3 full with the batter.
  14. Bake at 350 F degrees for 17 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcakes comes out clean.
  15. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

  1. Using steel bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or using your hand mixer beat room temperature butter till smooth and creamy, around 3-4 minutes.
  2. Now start adding confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat at slow speed at first and once the sugar mixes in a little, beat at high speed for 30 seconds.
  3. Add vanilla, unsweetened cocoa powder and mix till well combined.
  4. Add heavy cream and beat till frosting is nice and smooth.
  5. Frost the cooled cupcakes using the chocolate frosting.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2140IU43%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.