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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Meringue Frosting

Small batch moist pumpkin cupcakes topped off with brown sugar meringue frosting. A perfect Fall dessert!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake, Pumpkin
Servings: 8 cupcakes



  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened 
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/4 C 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
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with 8 paper liners. 
  • 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. 
  • Divide batter between prepared liners using a large cookie scoop.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Pipe meringue frosting on cooled cupcakes. Lightly char frosting using a kitchen torch.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel