Pumpkin-spiced cupcakes are topped with a maple cinnamon glaze – tastes like fall!
pumpkin pound cake cupcakes with maple cinnamon glaze

How close are we getting to pumpkin-overboard, do you think?

Should I be battening down the hatches? Strengthening the fort? Figuring out how to build a bulletproof vest out of roasted pepitas?

Preparing for a coupΓ©?!?


I’m going to need a surveillance teamΒ stat because while I would like to say there’s not much more where these came from.

I just can’t make promises that I know I won’t keep.


I added some maple flavor to these in the form a glaze because I figured that even if you had gone off the pumpkin deep end, maple might still make your autumnally inclined heart skip a beat.

At least, that’s what I was hoping as I sent them off to Faye from Like…Bake…Love… for this month’s The Leftovers Club. I mean, what if she was all pumpkin’ed out! I needn’t have feared, though, because she sent me the most fabulous pumpkin coffee cake with a chocolate walnut streusel in return! Are we kindred spirits, or what?

To see what kinds of deliciousness everyone else baked up and shipped out, check out the following links! And if you would like to join in next month, head on over to The Leftovers Club where you can learn more about how to join in!

And feel free to call one of these bad boys a "muffin" and have it for breakfast. I won't judge.

Pumpkin Pound Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Glaze
Pumpkin-spiced cupcakes are topped with a maple cinnamon glaze - tastes like fall!
Yield: 12 cupcakes
For the cupcakes
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
For the maple cinnamon glaze
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • sea salt, to taste
  1. For the cupcakes, heat oven to 350F. Line a cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, combining well after each addition. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour until just incorporated. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners, filling them ¾ full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow cupcakes to cool in the tins for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Once cupcakes are completely cool, make glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the confectioner's sugar, maple syrup, milk, and cinnamon. Add more milk as necessary to reach desired consistency. Dip cupcake tops in the glaze. Sprinkle with sea salt.
Cupcake recipe adapted from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cupcake


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70 Responses to Pumpkin Pound Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Glaze {#TheLeftoversClub}

  1. debbie says:

    The pictures are so great that the cupcakes look like I can just put my hand up to my screen and pick it up and eat it. They look delicious Joanne.

  2. Kelster says:

    How did you package these for mailing?

  3. I am all for more pumpkin, loooove these!

  4. I wish all my kitchen stuff wasn’t packed!

  5. wait. it’s possible to get sick of pumpkin? I eat it year round and am still going strong almost 25 years in πŸ˜‰ These sound delicious!

  6. Shaina says:

    I am definitely nowhere near pumpkined-out yet, so keep the pumpkin recipes coming!

  7. Is there really such a thing as too much pumpkin?!?!?!?? If there is, I’m definitely not there πŸ™‚ Luvvvvv the pumpkin + maple combo!!

  8. Simply Life says:

    looks like the perfect november muffin to me!

  9. No such thing as “pumpkin overboard.” Pumpkin forever. <3

  10. bellini says:

    Its funny but when I first logged on to EWWO your profile picture seemed to have an even bigger smile. My imagination; I think not. As for the pumpkin cupcakes I am a pumpkin lover so will never tire of any recipes.

  11. I could use one of these for breakfast!

  12. I dig pumpkin overload, although I haven’t made anything with it yet…I guess everyone else is doing it for me! Love this!

  13. Megan says:

    I love pumpkin, so keep it coming! And that glaze sounds like just the right match!

  14. Pumpkin and maple is a fav combo of mine this time of year! I would happily sink my teeth into one…or a few…of these beauties!

  15. That glaze is divine. I totally posted another pumpkin recipe today too–oh well, you only live once right? And now I totally need a vest made of roasted pepitas, because that just sounds awesome. Next year’s halloween costume? πŸ˜‰

  16. I like how you glazed these vs. smothering them with icing. It makes them feel kind of healthy haha.

  17. You have one lucky LOC partner!! Beautifully done, Joanne!

  18. im starting to get over pumpkin related things but again recently made a huge batch of homemade pumpkin puree so this recipe just came in time πŸ™‚

  19. Faye says:

    I couldn’t wait to log on this morning to see what you posted! So funny that we both sent each other something baked with pumpkin! I actually LOL’d at that!! Well, you can never get enough pumpkin in my opinion and I agree with Dan – I’m one lucky partner to be receiving these cupcakes. Can’t wait!!

  20. I will never get tired of pumpkin! The maple glaze looks fantastic.

  21. Zainab says:

    I’m getting close to a pumpkin overload too but I can’t resist when you make things like this. I love the maple glaze and it’s the perfect breakfast!!

  22. I’m not even close to pumpkin overload. These sound absolutely delicious. Keep the pumpkin recipes coming!

  23. I’m definitely not tired of pumpkin stuff! I’ve seen a lot of pumpkin recipes out there, but not pumpkin pound cake cupcakes. These look delish! And I’m really loving that maple glaze. Maple flavored things have been my craving lately since coming home from Quebec City last month where they have a lot of maple flavored goodies.

  24. These are some great looking pound cakes. When it looks this good with the glaze and all, who can resisit.

  25. The maple cinnamon glaze sounds amazing, I’d not only put it on these cupcakes but maybe pancakes too!

  26. Barbara says:

    Not possible to go overboard on pumpkin…never fear. Keep ’em coming! πŸ™‚
    These are truly awesome, Joanne! Yum.
    And congrats again…so happy for you!

  27. Beth says:

    Your cupcakes look great, and her coffee cake sounds pretty amazing too! Too much pumpkin isn’t such a bad thing.

  28. Pam says:

    Oh good lord – these have me drooling!

  29. Too much pumpkin…what’s that?

  30. Marygrace says:

    Don’t worry, no such thing as pumpkin overboard. It’s a myth.

  31. Kate says:

    I don’t think there’s such a thing as pumpkin overload.

  32. I’m still all about pumpkin! And I love these cupcakes. SO pretty, J!

  33. sandra says:

    maybe you need to make a squash cookbook – if there isn’t one out there already… πŸ™‚

  34. These look incredible! Keep bringing on the pumpkin!

  35. Danielle says:

    These sound and look amazing, Joanne! I definitely need to put them on my to-make list!

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  37. Pumpkin overboard? NEVER! These little pound cake cupcakes — I shall call them muffins — sound perfect for breakfast!

  38. These sounds AMAZING soooo perfect for fall! I would totally make these!

  39. Hotly Spiced says:

    Well…we’re not doing much with pumpkin in this part of the world apart from adding it to a few salads! So I’m enjoying seeing the vast array of pumpkin recipes coming from the USA. I love the glaze on these and you can never go wrong with maple syrup and pumpkin – great combo xx

  40. You can’t pumpkin me out! Although it may be because although I’ve been seeing a lot of pumpkin, I haven’t actually gotten to bake with it much yet. Love the idea of a maple glaze tho…yum!

  41. Kathryn says:

    These are some great looking cupcakes especially with that swoon-worthy glaze!

  42. Tracey says:

    I will never, ever be tired of pumpkin – keep it coming! I still plan to post pumpkin recipes throughout November πŸ™‚

  43. I keep saying that every pumpkin recipe I post will be my last and then another one appears. I’m over it…onto gingerbread!

  44. Can I bathe myself in that glaze? Oh My, it looks brilliant!

  45. Eileen says:

    It is totally acceptable to keep dealing out the pumpkin left & right–it’s barely November! Winter squash is good and seasonal until at least March, don’t you think? Plus these cupcakes sound DELICIOUS.

  46. Oh gosh, Joanne, if I started on these I wouldn’t stop till they were gone — they’re right up my alley!

  47. These look so fluffy! I am a long way off pumpkin overboard when it comes out looking like these do πŸ™‚

  48. These look amazing! I am still on the pumpkin trail!! We can eat them till March! YUM…

  49. I’m enjoying squash more this year than any other. Keep it coming.

  50. Serena says:

    I am hardly pumpkined out…might even make your vest into trail mix. Ha! I refused to read a single squash recipe til October. So I am still going strong. Hope to make these this weekend for pot luck!

  51. Monet says:

    Maple and pumpkin and cinnamon? Yep, these are pretty much a fall orgasm waiting to happen πŸ™‚

  52. Tara says:

    That maple cinnamon glaze caught my attention! I love that it only has a few ingredients in it. You guys are definitely kindred spirits!

  53. This cupcake is full of autumn, bursting till it falls out πŸ˜€


  54. This is perfect! I need to use up my stash of last year’s cans of pumpkin, so I can buy more!

  55. Johanna GGG says:

    surely there is no such thing as too much pumpkin – I’ll have a cupcake please!

  56. cquek says:

    I have got to try this!

  57. Your pumpkin pound cake is bringing me memories of vegan maple glazed Ronald’s Donuts!

  58. OMG yummmmm!! I could live off of pumpkin anything for the remainder of Fall/Winter. These look amazing πŸ™‚

  59. Reeni says:

    That lucky girl! These are my ideal pumpkin treat! I still have a big appetite for pumpkin left in me! I need one of these ASAP.

  60. Heather M says:

    I am fairly certain there is no such thing as too much pumpkin. Yummy! I LOVE the combination of maple syrup and pumpkin. You need to live closer to me so we can swap yummy foods.

  61. Ashley says:

    Beautiful cupcakes! Pumpkin and maple together sounds like a dynamic duo!

  62. Foodiewife says:

    Too much pumpkin? I’ve never heard of such a thing. The maple was a brilliant addition.

  63. Angela says:

    Just when I’m on the very edge of pumpkin overload, I get pulled back in. I just can’t help myself. Pumpkin bourbon marshmallows, anyone? I have at least 6 large cans of pumpkin puree in my pantry and I gotta use ’em before peppermint season descends on us. Love these cupcakes, and I love the idea of a maple glaze vs. maple frosting. Something just skipped. Yea… Heartbeat..

  64. There can never be too many pumpkin desserts!! I love these cupcakes, yum.

  65. grace says:

    i’ve been tired of pumpkin since day one, but i can still appreciate some soft and fluffy cupcakes!

  66. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I’m not over the pumpkin mania quite yet πŸ™‚ these look delightful, and I just adore the maple glaze…yummy!

  67. There is no such thing as too much pumpkin cake! These look awesome!

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