Spice Cake Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Warm, cozy, and filled with cinnamon – these spice cake cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting are perfect for fall. You’ll love the soft cupcake crumb and extra creamy buttercream.

 

A moist spice cake cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting on a white plate.

 

Fall is officially here – which means that I’ve been craving everything cozy.

Warm sweaters, heavy blankets, and all kinds of fall treats. That’s exactly where the idea for these spice cake cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting came from. They have a delicious cinnamon spice flavor with warm brown sugar and a soft cupcake crumb.

Then they’re topped with the creamy, slightly tangy, completely amazing cinnamon cream cheese buttercream.

 

 

I know that normally when people think of fall flavors – they opt for apple, pumpkin, or even pecan. But after trying these spice cake cupcakes, you’ll definitely agree that they taste like fall. The combo of brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg creates this delicious warm and cozy flavor that’s not too sweet and so delicious.

 

3 spice cake cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese buttercream.

 

Spice Cake Cupcake Recipe

Normally, spice cake is known for being dense and moist. I knew that I wanted these spice cake cupcakes to be super moist – but I didn’t want them to be too dense since cupcakes should have a more delicate crumb. To get the perfect texture we’re using:

  • real butter so it never seems greasy
  • 2 eggs for tenderness
  • cake flour for a more delicate crumb
  • sour cream & buttermilk for moisture

Don’t worry if you don’t have cake flour or buttermilk in your kitchen – I’ve included substitutions in the recipe notes 😉

 

A plate of moist, flavorful spice cake cupcakes

 

Then the delicious spice cake flavor comes from using brown sugar, vanilla extract and our spice combo. We’re using cinnamon, ginger powder, nutmeg and cloves for this recipe. The spice cake flavor is delicious but it’s not too overpowering which was key for me!

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

 

A bowl of cinnamon cream cheese frosting for spice cake cupcakes

 

As much as I LOVE the spice cake cupcakes – it’s the cinnamon cream cheese frosting that’s my favorite part. It’s creamy, slightly tangy, and filled with cinnamon sugar goodness. I love it because it isn’t as sweet as a lot of other frosting recipes thanks to the cream cheese, and it has such a delicious cinnamon flavor.

 

Can I Use Low Fat Cream Cheese in Frosting?

Make sure to use full-fat, brick style cream cheese so that your frosting is thick and creamy. Then you can either pipe the frosting onto each cupcake using a piping bag (I used a 1M tip or a round tip works perfectly too), or frost them with a knife.

 

A spice cake cupcake topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting with a bite taken out of it.

 

These spice cake cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting are such a delicious fall treat. The combo of warm spices and cream cheese frosting makes them absolutely delicious and impossible to resist.

 

Spice Cake Cupcakes

Warm, cozy, and filled with cinnamon – these spice cake cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting are perfect for fall. You’ll love the soft cupcake crumb and extra creamy buttercream.

Ingredients:

Spice Cake Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)*
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk**
  • 1/3 cup sour cream

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 oz brick-style cream cheese, use full fat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons cream, as needed

Directions:

Spice Cake Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a muffin pan with muffin papers (you may need to do 2 pans).
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg & cloves.
  3. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugars until fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  4. Mix in the eggs 1 at a time, followed by the vanilla.
  5. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and sour cream.
  6. With the electric mixer on low speed, beat in about 1/3 of the flour mixture followed by about 1/3 of the buttermilk and sour cream mixture. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Repeat the process, alternating between additions of flour and buttermilk.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven on the middle rack for 16-18 minutes, or until the tops feel slightly firm to the touch and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until fluffy  (about 2 minutes).
  2. Then mix in the cream cheese until just combined.
  3. Add in the cinnamon and vanilla extract, then beat in 2 cups powdered sugar starting with the mixer on low speed.
  4. Mix in the rest of the powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time, going slowly until the desired sweetness is reached.
  5. If the frosting seems too thick, beat in 1-2 tablespoons of cream.
  6. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag, and frost. Or frost with a knife.

*If you don’t have cake flour, measure out 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. Remove 3 tablespoons, then add in 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Sift together 3 times.

**If you don’t have buttermilk, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to 1/3 cup of cow’s milk. Let sit for 5 minutes to sour before using.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12-14 cupcakes, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 351 Calories
  • Total Fat: 23.9g
  • Cholesterol: 88mg
  • Carbohydrates: 31.7g
  • Fiber: .6g
  • Sugar: 18.6g
  • Protein: 3.2g
All images and text ©Fiona Dowling for Oh Sweet Basil.

A moist spice cake cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting on a white plate.

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Fiona Dowling

Hi! My name's Fiona and I love to bake and blog. I share homemade, mainly from scratch recipes for desserts & sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.