Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Meringue Frosting

Small batch moist pumpkin cupcakes topped off with brown sugar meringue frosting. A perfect Fall dessert!

Small batch moist pumpkin cupcakes with brown sugar meringue frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

It’s that time again to dig out the snow gear and see what fits, or doesn’t and what’s missing. Anyone in colder climates will totally understand this. If you wait until the last minute, or until snow gear is actually needed, you’re pretty much out of luck. You have to plan in advance. The same goes for summer gear honestly, but you can find flip flops and swimsuits year round and the prices typically don’t go from reasonable to ridiculous. That’s not the case with winter gear. Plan early and you can get gear at normal prices. Wait and you pay price for not planning ahead.

I pulled out everything I could find and had the kids try it all on. Seems silly to do when it’s nearly 70 degrees out, but it’s necessary. Only one pair of snow pants is missing… that we’re sure to find next Spring or at least after I’ve bought a new pair and they’ve been worn. It’s always the way.

Of course I kept being drawn to all of the cute scarves while doing winter gear browsing online…not that I need any more scarves! You can only wear one at a time, but options are always good! Or at least that’s what I like to tell myself.

Small batch moist pumpkin cupcakes with brown sugar meringue frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Monday’s can be rough enough, so I figured let’s kick off the week with something extra special and sweet.


I’d dreamt up this cupcake ages ago and finally had the time to test it out. They turned out spectacular. If you love pumpkin goodies, you have to make these pumpkin cupcakes!

Perfectly moist pumpkin cupcakes topped off with airy brown sugar meringue frosting. A light toasting gives these cupcakes the perfect finishing touch! An absolute must make Fall dessert!

Bonus…this recipe makes just eight cupcakes, so you won’t have a ton taunting you each time you walk through the kitchen!

Add these pumpkin cupcakes with meringue frosting to your Fall baking plans! You won’t regret it!

Small batch moist pumpkin cupcakes with brown sugar meringue frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 8 cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20-22 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes, plus

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Meringue Frosting

Small batch moist pumpkin cupcakes topped off with brown sugar meringue frosting. A perfect Fall dessert!



  • 1/4C unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1/4C light brown sugar
  • 1/4C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1C all purpose flour
  • 1/2C pumpkin puree


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2C light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with 8 paper liners. 
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Mix in flour and pumpkin in alternating batches until fully incorporated and no streaks remain. 
  3. Divide batter between prepared liners using a large cookie scoop.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  5. Add egg whites, brown sugar and cream of tartar to a metal stand mixer or mixing bowl. Place over simmering water. Whisk mixture until sugar dissolves and egg whites are frothy and warm to the touch. 
  6. Place mixing bowl in stand mixer, beat with whisk attatchment until stiff peaks form. Whisk in vanilla during the last 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to a large piping bag fit with a piping tip. 
  7. Pipe meringue frosting on cooled cupcakes. Lightly char frosting using a kitchen torch.

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31 Responses to “Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Meringue Frosting”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

    You are SERIOUSLY the cupcake QUEEN! I wish you were my neighbour so you could just ship them all over to me. I mean these would definitely make waking up at 4am on a Monday better – pinned!

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2015 @ 1:25 pm

      Thanks Taylor!

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    Marie — October 12, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Can this recipe be doubled to yield a higher count??

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

      Absolutely! The recipe can easily be increased for a larger batch. I hope you enjoy them, Marie!

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    Medeja — October 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

    That meringue looks so perfect!

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

      Thanks so much!

  4. #
    Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny — October 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

    These look so delicious! It’s okay to have dessert for breakfast, right?? ;)

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

      The perfect breakfast treat ;)

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — October 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    That toasted meringue frosting looks like absolute perfection! I could easily eat a couple of these delicious cupcakes right now!

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

      Thanks Danae!

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    Beatrice Kalle — October 12, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Should the vanilla extract be 3/4 tsp?

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

      Yes, just a typo. Thanks for catching that! :)

  7. #
    Marie — October 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you, Rachel!

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    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — October 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I love meringue on pies so I’m thinking these cupcakes need to be in my face right this MOMENT!! So, so pretty!

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 7:48 am

      You’d love these cupcakes then ;) And thank you!

  9. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Darling, just darling!! And I love/hate that time of year to see what fits and what doesn’t – for the kids or for the adults – but mine isn’t because I’m a growing kid, it’s because I had too many treats! But these cupcakes, I wouldn’t be able to turn down!

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 7:49 am

      I totally believe adults need adjustable waist pants just like kids. That would help a lot with the seasonal fluctuations ;)

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — October 13, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Wow. Thanks so very much for brightening my Monday :) These look absolutely amazing! I’m going to dream about that frosting tonight! I must try these!

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 7:49 am

      Thanks Patricia!

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    June @ How to Philosophize with Cake — October 13, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Cupcakes make any day better! These especially look glorious, with all that meringue frosting–yum!

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 7:49 am

      Thanks so much June! :)

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — October 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Brown sugar meringue?!?! Oh my goodness, need to make these!

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 12:51 pm

      You definitely do!

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    Ambar — October 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    If you come to Miami you wont ever have to worry about winter gear! You’ll be in flip flops all year round! Starting the week with something sweet is just what everyone needs :)

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

      Flip flops year round would be amazing!

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    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — October 13, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    These are so pretty! I love meringue frosting and it sounds so delicious on top of these cupcakes! I still need to dig out everyone’s winter clothes myself! I have been putting it off since it is still so warm and it can be quite the job!

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

      Thanks Malinda! I totally would have held off longer too if I could have!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 13, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    These are such gorgeous cupcakes, love that meringue frosting!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2015 @ 7:46 am

      Thanks so much Laura!

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    Mayte — January 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Hi, these look delicious! I have a question: can you add color to this frosting? My friend wants me to make these BUT with green frosting. (Themed birthday party).

    • Rachel — January 26th, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

      You should be able to color it without any problems. Be sure to use gel food coloring, not liquid food coloring, and add it in at the end of the whipping cycle. Remember that a little big of gel color goes a long way! Good luck!

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