Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Flaxseed meal and agave nectar help lighten up these rich pumpkin cupcakes.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
48 mins


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin

  • cup agave nectar

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and lightly flour twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin cups. Or line cups with paper baking cups and lightly coat cups with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl lightly whisk eggs. Whisk in pumpkin, agave nectar, and oil. Add pumpkin mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.

  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

  4. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting evenly on cooled cupcakes. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. Serve immediately or store cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Serve the same day they are made.

Cream Cheese Frosting

In a small mixing bowl combine 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), 2 tablespoons agave nectar, 1 to 2 tablespoons softened butter, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
9g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 67mg 1%
Folate, total 21.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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