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Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Several pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon streusel on a burlap cloth


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.

Pumpkin cupcake with a swirl of cream cheese frosting and streusel on top

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…

Top view of dry cupcake ingredients in a bowl with a whisk

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

Combine your wet and dry ingredients.

Pumpkin cupcake batter in a stand mixer bowl

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

Pumpkin cupcake batter in paper-lined muffin tins

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…

Shortbread streusel on a 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.

Baked shortbread streusel crumbles on a baking sheet

Finally you have to make your frosting.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Melt some white chocolate….

White chocolate chips in a glass mixing bowl

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

Pipe it on your cupcakes when they are cooled.

Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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.

Half of a pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting and streusel topping
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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 comments on “Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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) ?

    1. We bought an 8000-10,000..not sure what that means, but that’s what my husband told me 🙂 Definitely able to run the fridge..too bad we got it too late in the outage…I had to throw pretty much everything out! BUt I’ll be ready next time 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. “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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!

  8. Laura Dembowski

    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.

  9. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    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!

  10. Carlas Confections

    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!!!

  11. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    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.

  12. Audra@The-Baker-Chick

    I am so sorry you still don’t have power! I’m sure the nor’easter didn’t help things. Glad you have a generator at least….

    On another note- I adore these cupcakes! They are beautiful!

  13. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

    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.

  14. Hi!

    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?


    1. When i say a lined baking sheet, I just mean line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner!

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