Spiced Molasses Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting


We won't lie, our cream cheese frosting recipe for these molasses cupcakes is so good, you'll want to start using it on other baked goods too. Make sure you include this cupcake recipe on your holiday dessert table!

Spiced Molasses Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray for baking

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoon light stick butter (not margarine), softened

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs or 1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup mild-flavored molasses

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 ounce reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

  • 2 tablespoon butter, softened

  • ½ cup marshmallow creme


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line fifteen 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups or lightly coat the muffin cups with cooking spray for baking. If using paper bake cups, spray with cooking spray also; set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and light butter together with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the water and molasses. Alternately add flour and molasses mixture to the butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.

  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully remove cupcakes from pans; cool completely on a wire rack.

  5. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and 2 tablespoons butter until well combined and smooth. Stir in marshmallow creme. Spread or pipe on top of cooled cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
8g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 193mg 4%
Folate, total 30.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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