Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
If you’re still on the fence about what dessert to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast look no further because I’m making Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. I am making my Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cake from last year into cupcakes because I happen to like cupcakes a lot better and it’s gluten-free.  If you don’t want to make them gluten-free you can exchange the gluten free flour in the recipe one-to-one for regular flour if you like.
As you may have guessed, I like all the recipes that I post on my blog which is why I post them, but I absolutely love this recipe. I have to make sure when I make either the cake or cupcakes that I have lots of friends and family around so that I don’t end up eating the entire batch myself. The cream cheese frosting really makes the yummy spice cake over the top delicious.
It’ll be hard for me to choose between this recipe and my pumpkin crème brûlée recipe to make for Thanksgiving, but I’m leaning on making this one. I guess you will have to check out my Instagram to find out which one I make.  If you end up making this recipe, please let me when know what you think in the comments below.  I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
Here is the YouTube video where I make these delicious cupcakes:

Here’s the recipe:

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Claire Bahn



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups gluten-free cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add cupcake liners to cupcake pan and set aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves and ginger aside.
  • In a mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high-speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla, until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine pumpkin and buttermilk in a bowl. Set aside. Alternately add flour and buttermilk/ pumpkin mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Then pour into cupcake molds.
  • Bake in a 350° oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place directly into freezer for 15 minutes, don't leave them too long because you don't want them to freeze. This will make the cupcakes very moist.
  • For the frosting: In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Spread on cooled cupcakes.


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