Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Whipped Cream

filed under: Cakes on November 12, 2018

I shared a Chocolate Pumpkin Cake last year and have gotten such a wonderful response!  You all are so sweet.  One of the most common questions I get is, “Can I make this into cupcakes?”

Yes.  Yes you can.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Whipped Cream #cupcakes

How to make Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

To modify the original recipe into cupcakes I did this:

Prepare muffin pan with cupcake liners.  Bake for 18-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Prepare ganache and dip the top of the cupcake into ganache then set aside to allow it to set.  (You can also chill cupcake at this point.)

Prepare pumpkin whipped cream and place into a pastry bag with an open star tip.  (I like 1M or 2D)  Pipe out a cloud of pumpkin awesomeness and cover in sprinkles.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Whipped Cream #cupcakes

Tips for making the perfect Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

For the cupcakes pictured above, I actually used a freestanding cupcake liner.  I think I got them on Amazon, but you simply place them directly on a cookie sheet and fill with batter. My entire pumpkin chocolate cake recipe makes 9 cupcakes since they use a bit more batter.  I also baked these for about 30 minutes in my convection oven.

Tips for Success:

After cupcakes have cooled to room temperature, dip them in the ganache.  If you need to make these ahead of time or set aside for any reason, the ganache will lock in moisture and will prevent them from drying out.

Since the pumpkin whipped cream is from scratch you will want to pipe these cupcakes immediately before serving.  I had left a couple of cupcakes sitting on the counter overnight and noticed the whipped cream was “melting” a bit.  You may have better success if refrigerated.

Make your own Buttermilk! I have a few options here.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Whipped Cream #cupcakes

Looking for more Pumpkin Recipes?

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
37 mins

My famous Chocolate Pumpkin Cake, in a cupcake for easy distribution!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake
Servings: 9
Calories: 259 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a small bowl combine buttermilk and pumpkin. Just mix together until incorporated.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a mixer, beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  6. Alternating, add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the sugar mixture. Beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

  7. Mix for 1 minute on low until fully combined.
  8. Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, place batter in prepared cupcake pan.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Cupcakes are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Pumpkin Whipped Cream recipe here:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  • MS. Val kelly says:

    I need the recipe Grenache for chocolate pumpkin. Cupcakes. And if made as a cake what size pan. And how long bake it?

  • Mary says:

    Where is the pumpkin icing recipe?

  • Charlotte Eichelbeger says:

    I can’t find the recipe for chocolate pumpkin cupcake frosting

    I love your recipes

  • Teresa Taylor says:

    I love seeing all you delicious looking desserts. I have several that I have saved so I can make for the holidays.

  • Skyler says:

    Can I make this with unsweetened cocoa? Or will that change the flavor of the cupcakes ?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      The cocoa should be unsweetened. 🙂

  • Debbie Desjardins says:

    Hi. I am looking forward to making these. Have you ever tried them with a cream cheese filling? I feel like this might be a great addition to the cupcake. Just wondering of you had tried this before I give it a go.

  • Linda L Richards says:

    I’m an Autumnal Gal! So Excited to make your Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes!!! Wondering… if I desire to make a less-sweet recipe – more like a muffin, how much can I decrease the sugar. Two cups is a lot with only 1.5 cups of flour.

    Thank you!

  • Brandy says:

    Will this yield 24 standard cupcakes? Or should I double the recipe?

  • Janice says:

    I love all the delicious recipes you post. Keep ’em coming!

  • Sharianne says:

    I couldn’t get into the recipe for pumpkin whip cream. That would be delicious on your cup cakes and also pumpkin pie cupcakes.

  • Caryn Brock says:

    Love your recipes!

  • Michelle Londa says:

    If I use mini cupcake liners, how low should I bake?

  • Mary Ann says:

    Looks great but where is pumpkin frosting receipe