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Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes + Tea Party Cupcake Toppers

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Easy to make and perfect for fall (and a tea party, in this case), I have a twist on my classic vanilla cupcake for you – Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.

Add more or less pumpkin spice to your taste and top with vanilla buttercream or icing of your choice. I used vanilla under the fondant tablecloths, but if you’re serving these without covering in fondant, I’m thinking maple cream cheese icing would also be nice. More on how I made the tea party toppers in an upcoming post. Update – Here is the post along with a recipe for marshmallow fondant.

Happy baking in the meantime!



p.s. If you’re here looking for the Raspberry Ice KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway (I shared the wrong link on Facebook today), here it is!

Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Yield: Approx. 24 cupcakes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice*
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
  2. In a mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy (a few minutes).
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in vanilla and then pumpkin spice.
  5. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Stir dry mixture into wet (butter) mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 3 of buttermilk.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measurer, scoop batter into a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners.
  8. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, until cake tester (toothpicks or skewers work well too), inserted in centre comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in muffin tins for about 5 minutes, then remove and let cool completely before adding icing.
  10. *Note about pumpkin spice - Pumpkin pie spice is generally available in the grocery store. It is an already made mixture of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. If you'd like to substitute for this recipe, use 1 1/2 tsp ginger, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp nutmeg.



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  1. Tatyana
    October 18, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    These are incredible. Marian, you are so talented!

  2. October 18, 2013 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Can I just say these cupcakes took by breath away! So sweet, feminine and simply beautiful! You are a real talent Ms.Marian!

  3. Abril Evans
    October 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian!

    These are too adorable, I cant wait to make them! How many servings does this recipe make? Can it be halved or doubled?

    Mrs. Evans

    • marian
      October 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Abril,

      Oops, I’ll go add that to the recipe- it makes approximately 24 cupcakes. I haven’t tried halving or doubling, sorry, although my guess is that it would be fine. xo

  4. Barbara
    October 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I can not wait to see how you made the toppers!

  5. October 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    SO Cute!!!!!

  6. Lucie
    October 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian!

    I was searching the web the other day when I found your blog and I have to say it’s absolutely gorgeous! Everything looks delicate and yummy plus you use things like sparkling powders that are hard to find in France so your blog really makes me dream! 🙂


  7. Tracy
    May 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,
    I made these cupcakes and they are delicious! So I wanted to use recipe for a cake…but I can not seem to get the cake to bake in the middle without the top starting to brown/burn. Am I missing something…should I be doing something else in the recipe to change it?


  8. May 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian…
    I am not a baker but am interested in purchasing sets of toppers for my personal use in my home. Do you ever make them for the inept? I would love to put them on a faux cupcake in my collection under my lovely cake dome…I have a wee house that I use as my tea room in my yard…it’s quite cozy and very full of fairies etc. These would be precious on display there.
    Thank you for your consideration and your talent!

    • Patty Olivieri
      February 29, 2016 at 12:09 am | Permalink

      Stefeni. Did you get a reply regarding purchasing the little toppers? I’m with you. Don’t think I could make them. Also, did not see directions for them.
      Thank you.

  9. Jo
    October 19, 2018 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Are the decors edible ? Where can I buy ?

    • marian
      October 27, 2018 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Hi Jo,
      They are edible, but I made them for personal use, and don’t sell them, sorry!

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