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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

HELLO!  It’s Amber from Dessert Now, Dinner Later!  I’m back with another holiday dessert idea, and let me tell you, put this on your “to make” list ASAP!  The Nutella frosting alone, I could eat with a spoon, but paired with the pumpkin cupcakes – PERFECTION!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

If there’s one thing I know about fall, it’s that EVERYONE goes mad over pumpkin!!!  I can’t even count all the instagram posts I’ve seen dedicated to Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the first official day of fall was only 2 days ago!  It’s that flavor the everyone looks forward to all year long, that’s for sure!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

I brought these pumpkin cupcakes with me to a baby shower and the ladies just hovered over them!  I even, accidentally, tipped them over in the car ride there, so they were all “ruined,” but they got scarfed up just the same!  That means they must be good, right?!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

I won’t even tell you how many of these pumpkin cupcakes I ate…. Make these, just trust me!

Can Cupcakes Be Baked Without the Paper Liners?

You can bake cupcakes and muffins without using the paper liners made for muffin tins.

Just be sure you spray the pan with non stick spray and let the cupcakes cool before removing from the pan.

Can Pumpkin Puree Be Frozen?

You can freeze pumpkin puree in air tight freezer containers or in heavy duty freezer bags.

Frozen pumpkin puree will last several months in the freezer.

Should Nutella Be Refrigerated After Opening?

Nutella should be stored in the pantry, at room temperature.

Make sure the lid is tight to keep the freshness.

If Nutella is refrigerated, it will become hard and impossible to use.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 20


Pumpkin Cupcakes:

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp [Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice]
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water

Nutella Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Nutella


  • Combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, pumpkin, eggs, and water.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just moist.
  • Prepare muffin tins with paper cups and fill each cup 2/3 full of batter; about 20 cupcakes.
  • Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 18 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched.
  • Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Prepare frosting by beating the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer.
  • Beat in the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add the Nutella and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Fill a pastry bag with a large tip full of frosting and swirl on top of cupcakes.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Recipe from Amber at Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
Frosting recipe altered from The Baker Upstairs
store in an airtight container for 3-4 days
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 329 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 199mg9%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2215IU44%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Did I read Nutella frosting?! I did made some pumpkin cupcakes once, but my frosting was nothing compared to this! Looks scrumptious!And since we’re talking about Nutella, think it’s time to open that new jar I bought yesterday! Yum, yum!

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    • It’s life changing! You must try it!

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  • Anything with nutella is an instant hit in my books. Definitely craving one of these cupcakes right now, they look incredible!

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    • Thanks Thalia! I too am a Nutella fan!

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  • These cupcakes look gorgeous Amber! Love the Pumpkin and Nutella combo!

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    • Thanks Kelly! It’s a match made in heaven, for sure!

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  • I love everything about these cupcakes! Great flavor combo!

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    • Thanks Amanda! It really was the perfect combination!

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  • It’s been far too long since I’ve made anything with Nutella. I love pumpkin combined with chocolate so I bet these are awesome.

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    • I don’t bake with it too often because it gets gobbled up quickly, but I bought a fresh jar, just for this recipe! 😉

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  • You’ll always have me at Nutella!

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    • I know, right?! That stuff is addicting!

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