3 spice cake cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese buttercream.

Spice Cake Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Additional Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 -14 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

Instructions

Spice Cake Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a muffin pan with muffin papers (you may need to do 2 pans).
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg & cloves.
  • In a large bowl beat the butter and sugars until fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  • Mix in the eggs 1 at a time, followed by the vanilla.
  • In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and sour cream.
  • 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.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each about 2/3 full.
  • 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

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

Notes

*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 Facts
Spice Cake Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 774 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 185mg8%
Carbohydrates 140g47%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 124g138%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.