Spice Cupcakes

Well folks, I’m back! In June I announced on my Instagram that I was starting a hiatus from baking/blogging after we brought home an adorable and energetic little pug puppy named Boyd. As expected, life has been hectic the last few months adjusting to life with a puppy and I’ve had little time to bake in the same quantity I used to.

Boyd  ♥

I’m happy to announce however that as of this month, I’m back at it just in time for the best baking season of the year: Fall. While I’m a true believe of baking all flavors year-round, I have to admit I am one to get caught up in the pumpkin hype this time of year. It’s not technically fall yet, but pumpkin-flavored everything has already hit the shelves (and Starbucks!) and I can’t resist getting in the spirit with a fall favorite of my own:

Spice Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

I’ve always felt Spice cake is under-represented among the onslaught of pumpkin each year, which is why I’m kicking off the season with it. These cupcakes are always a surprise hit with friends who don’t realize they enjoy spice cake so much! Topped with a smooth, strong cream cheese frosting and a drizzle of caramel, prepare your taste buds for the joy of the best parts of Fall – the nostalgic scents and mouthwatering flavors.


  • 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1/2 c. whole milk

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 ½ c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Prepare a cupcake pan with paper liners or by greasing well (yield ~ 1½  dozen)
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, all-spice, ginger, nutmeg, and salt together. Mix well and set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on high until smooth and creamy (at least 1 minute)
  • Scrape well before adding the brown sugar. Mix on high until fully combined and creamy
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until combined.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix well, scraping the bowl as needed.
  • Gradually mix in the dry ingredients and mix well between each addition, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl after each.
  • Once all dry ingredients are mixed well, add the milk and beat just enough to fully combine but not overmix.
  • Spoon the batter into the liners – fill only 2/3 full to avoid spilling over the sides.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth.
  • Add confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 2-4 minutes until thick and creamy.
  • Pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcakes using a pastry bag for best results.
  • Top with bottled caramel sauce for an added sweet treat!

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