Pumpkin Cupcakes (100% whole grain)

These 100% whole grain pumpkin cupcakes are made healthier but don’t taste like it! Super moist and incredibly delicious, they’re topped off with cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Cupcakes - 100% whole grain but incredibly moist and just as delicious as regular cupcakes! | texanerin.com

Honestly. You guys. I can’t believe how delicious these pumpkin cupcakes are. They taste just as good as regular cupcakes… or even better!

They’re super simple to make and if you want, you can have them as muffins. Just leave off the frosting and bam! A delicious breakfast pumpkin muffin.

Pumpkin Cupcakes (100% whole grain) - you will not believe how moist and delicious these are! | texanerin.com

I used canned pumpkin in these pumpkin cupcakes because I have always had a better experience with that. With homemade, I’m never sure exactly how much to drain it, so when I make a recipe, I usually have texture / moisture issues. And I just can’t have that. So use canned!

Plus to be honest, I don’t think the homemade kind tastes any better. I’m sure a lot of people are surprised but really… homemade tastes the same or even worse to me!

Pumpkin Cupcakes - super moist and delicious, these 100% whole grain cupcakes are made healthier! | texanerin.com

These pumpkin cupcakes are sweet enough without the cream cheese frosting but what would a cupcake be without cream cheese frosting? Kind of boring, right? ;)

By the way, if you don’t live in North America and don’t have the bricks of cream cheese like in the US, you need to drain the cheese cream. I used about 500 grams of cream cheese and drained it with a thin kitchen towel (a cheesecloth would also work) until it was the consistency of American cream cheese. If you don’t drain it, the frosting will be super runny and unpipable. Still delicious, but like soup.

This recipe yields enough frosting to frost them like in the picture. So if you want to pile on the frosting like you see in most recipes, you’ll need more frosting. As pretty as those other cupcakes are, I think it’s just too much sugar for me.

Pumpkin Cupcakes (100% whole grain)

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Pumpkin Cupcakes (100% whole grain)
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  • Yield: 10 cupcakes



  • 1 cup (125 grams) whole wheat or whole spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (8 ounces / 225 grams) canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup (200 grams) unrefined, coconut or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) canola or olive oil
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick / 113 grams) butter, softened
  • 12 ounces (340 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract - optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (you can use more or less) - also optional
  • 1 1/2 cups (195 grams) powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C. Prepare a muffin tin with 10 paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  3. In a larger bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, sugar, and oil.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir just until combined. Do not over mix!
  5. Divide the batter among the tins and bake for about 20 – 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese until soft and smooth. Add the salt, vanilla, maple extract and cinnamon. Add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat until fluffy. Mine was pipable right away, but if yours isn’t, put it in the refrigerator until it’s to the piping consistency you like.

Adapted from Pumpkin cupcakes

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  • Poonam
    April 20, 2015 @ 9:00 pm

    Just wonderful. My daughter ate 5 in a while and she was full. I did not even bother to feed her dinner. It was as good as dinner. It’s really moist cupcake I ever had that too with pumpkin.

    • Erin replies to Poonam
      April 20, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

      Haha. This is one of my favorite comments ever. Thank you so much! I’m so happy that you and your daughter enjoyed the cupcakes. :)

  • Adriana Portas
    March 21, 2015 @ 12:52 am

    I made them and wow. My best cupcake after red velvet!!! I made with sweetener instead of sugar (I am diabetic) and used 1/2 cup of whole wheat and 1/2 of oat flour. Wow wow wow. Congrats for the yummy recipe!!!

    • Erin replies to Adriana Portas
      March 21, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed them! And I love the idea of using half oat flour. Sounds yummy! Thanks so much for your feedback. :)

  • Jalene
    November 21, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

    Made these cupcakes twice without the frosting and they were super moist and yummy! one of the moistest cupcakes i have ever made even when i changed the recipe (reduced the oil to 1/4 cup and sugar to 1/4 cup). i seriously could eat the whole batch if i have no self control. They’re that good!! Love your other recipes too!!

    • Erin replies to Jalene
      November 22, 2014 @ 10:37 pm

      I’m so happy you liked them! Did you reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup (down from 1 cup) or did you reduce it by 1/4 cup? Either way, it’s awesome that your changes worked! Thanks so much for the feedback. :)

  • Tania says
    December 17, 2013 @ 2:36 am

    I randomly stumbled across this recipe while doing my good ole’ google search for Pumpkin Cupcakes (with whole wheat flour) and yours came up among others. Well let me just say – I AM SOOOO GLAD I WENT WITH MY GUT AND CHOSE YOUR RECIPE! It was the most MOIST cupcake I have ever made or eatin. So delicious and amazing! Thank you! (To be fair – I only subbed 1 thing (the 1/2 a cup oil olive or canola oil) – changed that to 1/4 cup of coconut oil, and 1/4 cup of applesauce. So I still give you all the credit ;-) Thanks again!

    • Erin replies to Tania
      December 19, 2013 @ 10:09 am

      Hi, Tania! I’m so happy that you found the blog. :) And that’s great that you enjoyed the cupcakes! I also love how moist they are. It’s hard to believe that they’re whole wheat, right?! Your substitutions sound great! I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks so much for your feedback! :)

  • MarissaT says
    November 1, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    had to come back to tell you and your readers this cupcake was SO GOOD! I have been using ww flour in my recipes for awhile and this is the lightest and fluffiest cupcake i've ever made. my only change was that I replaced about 1/8 cup of ww flour for some flaxseed meal for an extra healthy kick, but otherwise made as is. wanted to also tell you that for a healthier frosting I like to replace the butter with greek yogurt and it comes out sooo good, I use that as a fruit dip too (cream cheese + greek yogurt, with vanilla and powdered sugar). thx for the recipe.

    • Erin replies to MarissaT
      November 1, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

      Hi Marissa! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback. :) I hope it convinces the other readers to make these. Your substitution sounds great! I've start leaving the butter out of cream cheese frosting and using partly Greek yogurt instead of all cream cheese. It's not quite as yummy but still pretty darn good! Thanks for the tip and thanks again for letting me know that these worked out for you. :)

  • Erin says
    February 7, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Anon – Wow, you're really creative! Thanks for sharing your changes. Now if I only had access to jello. :)

  • Anonymous says
    February 6, 2012 @ 3:56 am

    For the cranberry cupcakes I used raspberry jello. Just putting the jello dry right out of the package and added chopped dried cranberries. For the Pina Colada all I did was add pineapple and coconut. And for the star fruit I used the passion fruit juice and added the flavorless gelatin and diced star fruit and refrigerated it so that it was like normal jello, when I put the wet ingredients together I added it then mixed it all together. When adding the jello like that the cupcakes take about 22 minutes compared to 17, they don't really rise as much but they are super moist. I use jello a lot in my cupcakes to help with the different flavors.

  • Erin says
    February 5, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    Anon – I'm so happy to hear that the recipe is working out for you! When you make the other flavors, what do you do in place of the pumpkin? Use mashed fruit? I'd love to know what you're doing so I can try it out too! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback. I really apprecrate it. :)

  • Anonymous says
    February 5, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    I am so in love with this recipe. I use it as a base for other flavored cupcakes. Right now I am making a piña colada cupcake along with a passion fruit star fruit cupcake. The last batch that I made were raspberry cranberry. I think this is the best recipe that I have come by so far.

    • milla replies to Anonymous
      June 12, 2013 @ 6:10 am

      where do you get the passion fruit?

      • Erin replies to milla
        June 13, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

        I’ve never bought passion fruit. Do they not have it at full-sized grocery stores? I bet Whole Foods would have it! Good luck with finding it. :)

  • FoodEpix says
    December 27, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

  • Tabby Animals says
    November 14, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Mouth watering cupcake! My saliva is already drooling at the side of my mouth. LOL. Better bake some to stop my drooling saliva.

  • Erin says
    October 25, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    I don't know how much brown sugar costs there, but I'm guessing it's expensive. You can make your own brown sugar by adding 1 tablespoon of molasses to one cup of granulated sugar. It tastes and works exactly the same. Or there's always the Asian shops, although maybe it's around the same price as Broken English.

    Thanks for the link! I've spent way too much time on there just now, admiring their large selection of Reese's products.

    I'll let you know if I find proper canned pumpkin anywhere! I'm always on the lookout.

  • Megan says
    October 25, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    They have it at KaDeWe every year for some outrageous price (I didn't even bother to look, as I wasn't lookin for it, but did notice it sitting there.)

    I think I may have seen some sort of pumpkin pie filling at Broken English in Kreuzberg, too (that's where I get proper brown sugar when I run out of stuff I've brought from home). I think that Karstadt am Hermannplatz (in the basement) had it too, but that may just be muffin tins. It all sort of blends together.

    Oh, and americanfood4u.de!

    Guess I'll make do with the three cans I have on hand :)

  • Erin says
    October 24, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    Where have you found Libby's?! Hopefully not at Kaufhof for 8 euros a can. I would even be happy with the pie mix stuff. Whenever I visit Texas, I bring back almost two suitcases full of baking supplies, so I'm afraid that's how I have canned pumpkin. I've looked at Metro in Friedrichshain and they don't have it and I'm afraid that if they don't have it, normal grocery stores won't have it. Sorry I'm not much of a help. :(

  • Megan says
    October 24, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    I'm an American living in Berlin and was wondering where you get pure pumpkin puree here – obviously pumpkin is in season right now, and is accessible in that means, but the only canned pumpkin puree I have ever seen here is the Libby's Pumpkin Pie mix, which I don't really want since it's pre seasoned. I have a few cans of pumpkin and squash that I've brought over from the States, but would love a local source.

  • Erin says
    October 24, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    I'm happy that you tried and liked them! Thank you so much for leaving such nice feedback. :)

  • Anonymous says
    October 24, 2011 @ 2:04 am

    These are absolutley devine! I halved the recipe (made 5 perfect muffins) and switched around the ingredients a bit, decreasing the sugar (substituting with some stevia).
    I also made a cream cheese frosting but used the light tub variety, vanilla, a small amount of icing sugar and stevia to sweeten.

    Perfect, moist muffins with a light smear of cream cheese frosting and sprinkle of walnuts.

  • Erin says
    October 20, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    Hi Olivia! I hope they turn out the way you hope they will. Let me know how you like them! Thanks a bunch for stopping by. :)

  • Olivia says
    October 20, 2011 @ 1:37 am

    Sent here by Cookies and Cups
    and absolutely LOVE this blog,
    cant wait to try some of the recipes :)

  • Erin says
    October 19, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    Hey cookies and cups! If you're not used to (or think it's absolutely disgusting like I used to) whole grain baking, you should really try these cupcakes. They really honestly don't taste like they're whole wheat! But keep the sugar in the cupcakes at 1 cup if you're not used to reduced sugar stuff. Thanks for the comment! :)

  • cookies and cups says
    October 19, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    What a great site!! So glad you commented on mine and it led me back! You might just convert me to whole wheat yet :)

  • Erin says
    October 18, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    Hi Miryam! I think so, too. Sometimes it's interesting to see how many calories you're normally eating per day, but I don't worry about it. I just try to make sure to eat whole grains when possible and reduce the sugar. And use olive oil instead of butter. So basically everything you do. :)

  • eatgood4life.blogspot.com says
    October 18, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    I just made some last week, of course they are gone, they were really good!!.

    What a great idea of using a calorie count analyzer. I guess for those that are trying to count their calories it would be very effective. I never have counted calories, but then again, if your diet is healthy I guess you won't need to do that ;-)

  • Erin says
    October 18, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    I used the Caloriecount recipe analyzer for the cupcake part (also using 2/3 cup sugar). It got a B-. I think that's quite good for a dessert!

    – 193 calories
    – 12.1 grams fat (which comes from the olive oil)
    – 2.3 grams fiber
    – 10.6 grams sugar (which is unrefined)
    – Vitamin A 77% GDA

    To me, icing is obviously unhealthy. You can't make healthy icing with fake sugar and fake butter and fat-free cream cheese. So if you want to skip the icing, I totally understand. Just sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top of the cupcakes before baking. They're sweet enough and lovely that way. The cream cheese icing is just something special.

  • Jessica says
    October 18, 2011 @ 5:35 am

    I just did the calculations on this recipe using SparkRecipes.com and if you use exactly what you said (including the 2/3 cup sugar instead of 1 cup and low fat cream cheese instead of regular) each cupcake is still 442 calories…and 27 grams of fat. Not really healthy :-/ I wish they were, because they sound delicious!


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