Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cupcakes Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

These pumpkin snickerdoodle cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are perfect for fall gatherings. They start out with a cake mix, and couldn’t be easier! 

pumpkin snickerdoodle cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

*Originally published in 2017, this post has been updated with new images, and much more information. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Hello everyone! Elizabeth here, and today I’m welcoming you into my kitchen, better known as The Drakery, while I try my hand (and my mixer) at Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. For those of you who might not know, I’m Ann’s daughter, and I occasionally crash my mom’s blog to share a recipe, or something I’ve done around my house. I love all things snickerdoodle, and all things pumpkin, and these cupcakes are the perfect combination of both. They are also extremely moist, and have just the right amount of spice. 

pumpkin snickerdoodles cupcakes batter

This recipe can also be made into a Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake. Just prepare a bundt pan, pour in the batter, and bake according to the directions on the cake box. If you don’t want to make the cream cheese frosting, here are two other options:

  • Heat one container of store-bought vanilla frosting in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Stir in one teaspoon of cinnamon. Drizzle over the cooled bundt cake. 
  • Simply dust the bundt cake with powdered sugar.

pumpkin snickerdoodle cupcakes in pan

To get the perfect size for your cupcakes, and one that looks beautiful with the frosting, use a large scoop. The scoop should not be overfilled, and should be fairly even. The cinnamon cream cheese frosting that goes on these cupcakes is delicious…and it really adds so much flavor. 

How to Pipe a Cupcake

  • Using a spatula, fill your piping bag (fitted with a tip) about ¾ of the way full with frosting.
  • Squeeze the frosting down towards the tip of the bag, and then twist the open end to close it. It’s important to make sure that there is no air inside.
  • Hold your bag with the tip in the middle of the cupcake.
  • Squeeze your bag, and move the tip in a circular motion around the cupcake – I like to move clockwise.
  • Once you’ve piped a complete circle, continue to pipe smaller circles on top until you have your desired amount of frosting on the cupcake.

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About the Cinnamon Chips

Cinnamon chips can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store. They usually appear in September, and disappear after Thanksgiving. If you can’t find them, click {HERE} to order them online. This link is for a pack of four bags, but they freeze well. Just put them in a resealable bag, and pop them in the freezer. Plus, they are delicious in my Snickerdoodle Bread Recipe.

If you can’t find the cinnamon chips, and don’t want to order, just leave them out. These pumpkin snickerdoodle cupcakes are still very tasty! A good substitute that’s a little easier to find is Nestle’s Pumpkin Spice Morsels. A reader left a comment below saying that she used butterscotch chips, and that they were delicious. 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcakes full of pumpkin and cinnamon topped with a cream cheese frosting. Perfect for fall family gatherings or after-school snacks.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Time to Frost 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


For the cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 can 100% pure pumpkin (15 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Hershey Cinnamon Chips (or Nestle Pumpkin Spice Morsels)

For the frosting

  • 2 lb. bag powdered sugar
  • 3 sticks butter softened (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put first six ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
  • Beat according to directions on cake box.
  • Add cinnamon chips. Mix until combined.
  • Place cupcake liners in the vessels of a muffin pan or spray each vessel with Baker's Joy.
  • Using a large scoop, fill vessels with batter.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  • Add the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and cinnamon to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Mix on medium-high until well combined.
  • Add half the bag of powdered sugar. Mix well. Keep adding powdered sugar until the frosting is the desired consistency. You will have about 1/4 of the bag left.
  • Top cupcakes with frosting. Store in an airtight container.
  • Refrigerate leftover frosting for up to 2 weeks.
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There is nothing better than the smell of pumpkin combined with cinnamon baking in the oven. If you are in the mood to bake, I highly recommend these pumpkin snickerdoodle cupcakes. They will definitely put you in the mood for Fall!

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