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Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting are the perfect way to welcome fall.  The flavor combo of cinnamon and maple will quickly become a favorite.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword spice cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 244kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped for garnish

Maple Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup or 1 tsp Mapleine
  • 2 Tbsp milk or whipping cream, add as needed.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line cupcake pan with liners
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add in the eggs and mix well until combined
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spice blend and salt
  • Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk combined with the vanilla alternately in three parts
  • Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 16-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool and frost

Maple Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

  • Put butter in bowl and mix until whipped
  • Mix in powdered sugar and beat for about a minute
  • Scrape down the sides and add the brown sugar and maple syrup
  • Add in milk or whipping cream to get desired consistency.
  • Mix for another 2-3 minutes or until frosting is fluffy
  • Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with chopped nuts such as hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg