Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting



So..yeah, Day 11 with no power.

BUT…our new, snazzy generator finally got delivered that we ordered before the storm.

So now I can do things like, flush my toilet…or take a warm shower…or heat my house…and even bake cupcakes!


Certainly I shouldn’t be too worried about cupcaking in the midst of hurricane devastation…but cupcaking makes me feel normal.  And happy.


So I decided that today I would make some big, showy cupcakes.

And I will tell you, they were worth it.

They’re pretty…they’re yummy and they have the longest name ever:  Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Yep, rolls off the tongue.



There is a lot going on here, but I promise it all works.

And each step is easy.



First make your cupcakes.

The cupcakes are simple…

Just whisk your dry ingredients together…


Then mix up some butter, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and eggs…

Combine your wet and dry ingredients.


Then fill up your liners…about 2/3 full.


Bake them 15-20 minutes or so…

Next you get to make some simple shortbread streusel.

This stuff is so yummy.

Just flour, butter, sugar and water…oh yeah, and a little cinnamon.


Mix it until it forms a crumble…spread it out on a lined baking sheet…


And bake it for about 20-25 minutes.

You can break apart the crumbles a few times while baking…

You don’t want it to get too brown…just slightly golden.  It will harden more as it cools.


Finally you have to make your frosting.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Melt some white chocolate….


Mix it up with some cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar…

Pipe it on your cupcakes when they are cooled.


Top them all off with that yummy shortbread streusel…

And if you’re feeling crazy, drizzle a little caramel all over that.


Make them.

Trust me.


Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Cupcake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 12 cupcakes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin (100% pure pumpkin)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
Streusel Topping
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 2½ Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  3. In a bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add in pumpkin, eggs and vanilla and mix together on medium speed until incorporated.
  6. Turn mixer to low and add in dry ingredients, mixing until combined evenly.
  7. Fill each liner about ⅔ full with batter.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until centers are set.
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  1. In stand mixer combine flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Mix a few seconds until combined.
  2. Pour in melted butter and mix until mixture is a coarse crumble.
  3. Sprinkle mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until crumbs start to golden. (They will still feel soft, but will harden more as they cool.)
  4. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  1. In mixer beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Melt white chocolate over double boiler and add to butter/cream cheese mixture.
  3. Beat on medium speed until smooth.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in powdered sugar. Turn speed up to medium and beat until smooth.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes before frosting cupcakes.
Assemble cupcakes
  1. Frost with a few tablespoons of frosting and top with streusel. Drizzle with caramel, if desired.
Pumpkin Cupcake recipe adapted from Food Network



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76 Comments on "Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting"


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Averie @ Averie Cooks
November 8, 2012 5:24 pm

I cannot believe you’re making cupcakes on a generator – but I am very happy you are! First because they look amazing! the frosting!! the streusel topping!!

But b/c I know that baking makes you happy and therefore, you should be doing anything you can right now that will make you happy!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
November 8, 2012 5:25 pm

Shut the front door — these look fantastic!!!!

November 8, 2012 5:32 pm

SO HAPPY your power is back 🙂 Ive been baking your stuff this week YUM !!!

Cassie | Bake Your Day
November 8, 2012 5:41 pm

Oh goodness, I don’t know how you did it without power for so long. These cupcakes look fantastic. I love the streusel!

November 8, 2012 5:42 pm

I can not even image 11 days of no power. Ugh!

As for that streusel. I’d eat it like candy.

Cookbook Queen
November 8, 2012 5:48 pm

11 days of no power officially qualifies you as Amish. WIN!!!

November 8, 2012 5:56 pm

Are these real? They are made of my dreams.

Mimi @ Culinary Couture
November 8, 2012 6:21 pm

Oh dear! I can’t believe you are still without power! We got ours back Tuesday night, thank goodness! I’m over by Central Jersey, near Sayreville. It felt like a lifetime without it…but I feel really guilty having it now when thousands of people still don’t. You and your family are in my prayers, Shelly. Stay safe, and warm!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
November 8, 2012 7:01 pm

This turned out a total delight! Great idea!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
November 8, 2012 7:16 pm

You are most definitely a pioneer woman now! 11 days with no power? That should be illegal. You, miss, are a genius. One with the most badassest cupcakes I ever did see.

Blog is the New BLack
November 8, 2012 7:56 pm

Love everything about these!

alyssa - life a la wife
November 8, 2012 9:07 pm

Drooling over these – So sorry you didnt have power for so long 🙁 We were fortunate to not lose power where we are currently staying. Hopefully you stayed warm in the snow last night!

Jenny @ The Brunette Baker
November 8, 2012 9:13 pm

Seriously, you are like the one person that comes to mind every time I hear about the aftermath of Sandy. I’m so happy to hear you have things up and running to at least a civilized pace. You are a trooper….and still blogging through it all! Oh, and the cupcakes. A-MAZING. XO

Julie @ Table for Two
November 8, 2012 9:24 pm

11 days? Girl, you’re strong and thinking of you guys daily and hoping the best!!!

that’s so awesome your generator got delivered!! i’m trying to convince J to get us one but he refuses. i should give him 11 days w/o power, huh?

these cupcakes look so pretty and perfect! i’d devour them instantly!!

November 8, 2012 9:45 pm

Well even if you don’t have REAL power, I’m so glad you finally have at least something to get you through!! And now you can stress eat cupcakes – MAJOR win. These are pretty much chock full of all things good in this world!

Katie B.
November 8, 2012 10:33 pm

I committed myself to making some sort of pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting for an event this weekend with friends because I knew I would have all of the cupcakes. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. I’ll be making these delicious looking things…I even have the white chocolate chips…yay!!

luv what you do
November 8, 2012 11:01 pm

Those look so good, I would have licked the entire mixer blade clean!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
November 8, 2012 11:44 pm

Happy to hear your generator has you back to baking! Honestly..this frosting looks dreamy. I absolutely love your photos! 🙂

November 8, 2012 11:56 pm

Ugh, I’m so sorry that you are still without power. These cupcakes look absolutely fantastic…and what a flavor combination!

Colleen @ What

I’m not sure that there could be a more perfect cupcake! Holy cow.

November 9, 2012 7:53 am


Thank you for this awesome recipe! I was wondering if I could still make this if I don’t have a lined baking sheet for the streusel?


Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
November 9, 2012 9:42 am
True Story: Before we got power back, I *vacuumed* on generator power. I know it was incredibly wasteful. I know it makes me seem absolutely crackers. But my house was filled with leaves from traipsing in and out to the generator, and power cords were draped every which way to Sunday to power the various things we needed. And I just.. lost it. If I spent one more minute looking at my filthy floors, I was going to tear my hair out. So I vacuumed. You gotta do what makes you feel normal in times of great stress. If James… Read more »
Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
November 9, 2012 12:25 pm

Ugh, I’m so sorry you still don’t have power. I hope that there’s at least some plan to restore it soon…and in the meantime, please feel free to eat as many of these cupcakes as you want. We all know calories don’t count when they’re baked on a generator. Psh.

Carlas Confections
November 9, 2012 2:07 pm

Now that is the perfect way to spend a day using a generator! Way to make the best of a situation! These look absolutely beautiful!!!

November 9, 2012 2:10 pm

So sorry about the power! These look FANTASTIC! Thank You for sharing!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
November 9, 2012 2:29 pm

Still no power? At least you are making the best of it now that you have a generator. The cupcakes look insanely good – love the streusel topping!

Laura Dembowski
November 9, 2012 3:04 pm

11 days without power? That is horrible. A generator is on my to do list. These cupcakes look wonderful. I love the streusel. Such a great idea to bake it separately.

November 9, 2012 3:50 pm

These are adorable and looks so yummy. Great photos too.

November 9, 2012 4:27 pm

“But to pass my time, I borrowed a neighbors kitchen who has a big, showy generator. She can run her oven, which I frankly think is kind of rude.”
Funny how you said that in your last post before this…I guess you’re the rude person with an oven that’s running and a big, showy generator. Kind of ironic.

Kim Bee
November 9, 2012 5:14 pm

These are so gorgeous. I cannot believe you’re baking with a generator. You rock. Sometimes doing normal things during these things just makes it all seem less harsh. I love your outlook and am hoping power gets restored soon.

Jen @ Savory Simple
November 9, 2012 5:53 pm

Thank goodness for generators. I hope you get your power back ASAP!

November 9, 2012 8:03 pm

Shelly, These DO look amazing, especially that soft and creamy frosting! If I remember correctly I read on facebook that you have your power back!!! Woo hoo! 🙂

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
November 9, 2012 9:39 pm

these look amazing!!

November 9, 2012 10:11 pm

These look great. I will be adding these to my thanksgiving desserts. But I want to saysomething to Miss leann but its not my blog and I don’t want to bring drama to your blog and I was taught if you can’t say something nice say nothing at all.

November 10, 2012 3:30 pm

You can never have too much streusel…I believe that to me true.

November 10, 2012 3:51 pm

Glad you are able to have a little bit of normalcy with making these aMAZing looking cupcakes!!!!

November 10, 2012 5:49 pm

nothing like old fashioned comfort food.
What kind of a generator did you buy? I have to get one also.
Can it run the refrigerator (a major concern) ?


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Deb Sage
Deb Sage
November 11, 2012 12:26 am

TY so much for sharing this recipe & the great job you do with the pics & recipes, a big help to those of us who can cook but not so much bake! Def going to try to make with my g/k’s soon!
I’m so sorry for those of you that suffered & went without thro the storms~I can’t imagine!~My heart hurt so for the kids & elderly! I’m glad you & your family came thro it ok!

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
November 11, 2012 2:49 pm

Wow, I can’t imagine going that long without power! You must have felt like a pioneer woman.

First of all, that streusel looks incredible. Second, that swirl of frosting is beautiful.

November 11, 2012 11:05 pm

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November 12, 2012 12:39 am

These cupcakes look outstanding!! I can’t wait to try them! I especially like the idea of the white chocolate frosting, mmmm!

November 12, 2012 7:32 pm

this may sound like a stupid questions but in the ingredients you can for pumpkin,

what kind of pumpkin do you use? spice? puree? i am unsure what pumpkin ingredient this calls for. please help me out 🙂

Jen @ Jen
November 13, 2012 12:47 pm

You could use all that cash you have lying around to come to my house. I have power and an oven, and a hankerin for some pumpkin cupcakes and cream cheese frosting. I personally think this arrangement is a match made in heaven.

November 14, 2012 6:30 pm

Counting down the time til I can bust my diet, and this is where I am going to start!

November 16, 2012 8:34 am

I think I’d make my own homemade generator hooked to a bike or something if I had to just so I could make these. Yum.

And on another note, some people are whack.

December 7, 2012 4:22 am

These cupcakes look awesome. I can’t believe that you made them from cup cakes.

December 30, 2012 6:12 am

I love pumpkins, and of course cupcakes too. Thanks for this recipe, will definitely try it! YUM!

January 1, 2013 5:09 pm

Just tried your recepie
they came out sooo perfect i might start crying.. :’) xxxxx