Espresso and pumpkin spice come together in these cream cheese-topped cupcakes to taste like the best pumpkin spice latte, but in dessert form.
I love most when I first notice the weather begin to cool down. I count down the seconds until I can finally break out my boots and sweaters. I long for the time when I can stroll through the park tripping out over how beautiful the trees look in vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. I not so patiently wait for the very first time all the fall-inspired food and drink are released. And yes, I am talking about the pumpkin spice latte.
I admit that I am so into pumpkin spice. To an extent, I mean. Things like pumpkin spice granola, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, or pumpkin shrubs are all amazing. But I draw the line at things like pumpkin spice candy corn (which are terrible already without the added potpourri strength of the spice), or dog treats. So making something like these pumpkin spice latte cupcakes were a long time coming.
I took a favorite pumpkin cupcake I used to make and added a healthy dose of espresso so there is a sweet balance of warm fall spice and coffee kick. To top the cupcakes, I didn’t want to do a traditional frosting for these pumpkin spice latte cupcakes. Instead, I wanted to give it a more “latte” feel by using a whipped cream topping to which I added a touch of cream cheese for stability and added flavor. Then, of course, there is the caramel drizzle. You can use any caramel you like, but for these particular cupcakes, I actually used cold brew caramel I had from Fat Toad Farm to amp up that coffee flavor just a touch more.
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ⅔ cups brown sugar
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (not canned pumpkin pie)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2½ tablespoons instant espresso powder
- ¼ cup whole milk
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- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with liners.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice together. Set aside.
- In a mixer, add both sugars and butter together and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well for at least two minutes. Beat in the pumpkin and vanilla for an additional minute.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the espresso powder and milk together.
- Alternate between adding the flour mixture and the milk mixture into the mixer. Begin and end with the flour. Add the flour in three additions and the milk in two additions.
- Bake for about 15 - 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove the cupcakes and allow to cool in the pan for one minute before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
- While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Click the link above for the recipe.
- Top the cupcakes with the frosting and top with caramel drizzle.
- The cupcakes are best stored in an airtight container in a cool area for 24 hours, or in the refrigerator for up to three days.