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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

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Moist and lightly sweet pumpkin cupcakes are topped with a creamy maple-flavored Swiss meringue buttercream. They're a quintessential fall dessert!

Two pumpkin cupcakes on a white cakestand

It's Day 4 of #PumpkinWeek!

Today I'm sharing pumpkin cupcakes with maple buttercream. I really, really like these cupcakes. They're light and fluffly, like cupcakes should be. They also not overly sweet.

An overhead shot of three pumpkin cupcakes

You can make these cupcakes up to two days ahead of time and store them, unfrosted, at room temperature. Cupcakes tend to lose moisture when stored unfrosted in the refrigerator.

But let's talk about my favorite part: the frosting. The frosting is a maple-flavored Swiss meringue buttercream. I love the flavor and smooth, creamy texture of this buttercream. Swiss buttercream is also easier to make than French or Italian because it doesn't involve cooking the sugar into a syrup.

A straight-on view of three pumpkin cupcakes

Obviously, from the name, this is a meringue-based buttercream, so as with all meringues, you need to ensure you start with a clean, dry bowl. Meringue will not whip up if it comes into contact with even a trace of fat. Before I start any meringue, I wash my bowl with hot, soapy water, dry it thoroughly, then wipe it down with a paper towel dampened with white vinegar.

Some tips for Swiss buttercream success: once you've whipped your egg white/sugar mixture to soft peaks, make sure they are room temperature before starting to add the butter. Warm meringue will melt the butter. It won't ruin your buttercream, but it will make the process take longer.

If, once you've added all the butter, your mixture looks separated, watery, or curdled, just keep whipping on medium-high speed. Walk away for about five minutes. You'll probably come back to luxuriously creamy buttercream. If not, chill your bowl for about 10 minutes, then continue whipping.

A close-up shot of a pumpkin cupcake with maple syrup dripping down the frosting

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Monday 24th of May 2021

You should probably put what the temperature should reach when mixing the egg whites and sugar (140-160 or until the sugar is completely dissolved) for novice bakers. Just a suggestion!


Thursday 1st of November 2018

Oh my goodness! These cupcakes look amazing!

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Wendy Klik

Thursday 20th of September 2018

Love the photo with the drizzle of maple syrup. Made my tummy grumble.