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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


Makes 12 cupcakes



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (100% pure pumpkin)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Streusel Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • 1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 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 2/3 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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68 Responses
  1. burgundy

    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.

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. Leann

    “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.

      1. Leann

        I wish I was. Why would you make those two statements in a row? I bet there are a lot of people in NJ right now who would love to be able to afford a generator that runs their toilets, ovens, etc. and I think it’s ridiculous that you would be semi-complaining about the hurricane when you are a fortunate person who can afford to buy a nice generator (and you still have a house to use the generator in!). It’s basically an advertisement that your family has a bunch of money sitting around to buy a generator, that should be given to people who need to rebuild their homes and businesses.

        1. shelly

          I am assuming that you are saying that I shouldn’t buy a generator to heat my home that my small children live in? That’s pretty bold.
          And how in the world would you know that I HAVEN’T donated to those who are less fortunate than I?
          I was obviously trying to make light of a very difficult situation…and until you are living without power for 12 days and also being hit with a Nor’Easter on top of that, which left us with snow in an already freezing home, I will forget your ridiculously ignorant comment.
          Now excuse me while I go roll around in all the money that I must have lying around.

          1. Leann

            I, too, live on the east coast and was hit by the storm. By some miracle, our power did not go out but many of our neighbors lost power or had damage from trees and branches falling. I have family living in New York, on Staten Island actually, whose store was absolutely destroyed and it isn’t getting rebuilt.
            No, I am not saying that you shouldn’t buy a generator, but to be publicly talking about it (and don’t deny that a generator that powers your heating system, plumbing, and stove costs thousands of dollars that many, many people who were affected by this storm wouldn’t be able to buy and may actually have read your post) and contradicting a statement you made in a previous post is, in my opinion, very rude. And no, I wouldn’t have any idea about if you donated money or not. That wasn’t the point of my comment. The point was that you publicly complained in the previous post about not having a generator, and then in this post you had one, which you bought before the storm! I also don’t think it’s right to make light of a major storm that killed people and damaged property. I don’t think it’s funny when you joke about a serious situation.
            Oh, and I also recall you saying a couple posts ago in relation to the storm about how Halloween was cancelled until Christmas. You may want to read this article:

          2. shelly

            If you actually read my first post, you would understand that I was making a joke..
            My neighbor is a sweet friend with a sense of humor. If you didn’t get the joke then you and I aren’t meant to be friends.
            The end.

        2. Wow – I’m really sorry but I am extremely shocked at this comment. Really? How do you know she didn’t use credit card or take money from her kids college savings to pay for the generator.

          Judging, under any circumstances, is not cool… at all. I’m sad that you felt the need to make someone feel bad by simply making a statement that her situation isn’t any WORSE. Seriously? She had been without power for 11 days. Yes, she is fortunate to not have died or had her house torn apart, but good grief… what do you WANT? She’s been without power for a long time and had the foresight to get a generator and this post was in NO way bragging. She’s trying to feel normal and keep somewhat sane in an insane situation.

          Get some manners and stop judging others. I’m sickened.

          1. Leann

            Where did I say that she bought a generator with cash? I just was irritated that in the post before this she was complaining about NOT having a generator, and then she suddenly had one. That doesn’t mean she and her family did not suffer as a result of the storm, or that she’s selfish. I also felt that this might make other people who can’t afford a generator feel bad.

        3. Cheryl

          this really blows my mind!

          Think of how many people you could have helped with the time and energy you spent here smacking Shelly’s hand for talking about her generator. I think it’s amazing to see her humor still intact after all she and her family have been thru.

          So happy you got your power back Shelly!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 could have figured out how to wire up the oven correctly, I’d have been baking my buns off. And it appears that you DID. These are some impressive cupcakes, friend.

  7. EJ


    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?


  8. 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!!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

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