Pumpkin Cupcakes With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

A delicious treat for the holiday season.  Easy to pull together and delicious for kids and adults alike.  The toasted coconut on top gives it great texture, color and flavor.  Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Cupcakes With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Course: Desserts
Keyword: Gluten Free, Holiday Entertaining, Seasonal Favorites
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: Denise



  • 1 ¾ cup flour I used gluten free blend⁣
  • 1 tsp baking soda⁣
  • 1 tsp salt⁣
  • 1 1/2 tsp chai seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon⁣
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom⁣
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg⁣
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée⁣
  • cup canola or vegetable oil⁣
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt⁣
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract⁣
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature⁣
  • 1 cup sugar⁣
  • 2 eggs room temperature⁣


  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a standard size muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, and spices).
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (pumpkin puree, oil, yogurt and vanilla) until smooth. ⁣
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or using electric beaters, cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and slightly fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add in 1 egg and a time and mix until smooth. ⁣
  • Evenly divide batter amongst muffin tins and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer or cake tester inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out with few moist crumbs attached. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes.
  • While cupcakes are cooling, prepare icing.  Use a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and milk and beat again until smooth.  Adjust powdered sugar until you get desired consistency.  Add all icing to a gallon sized ziploc bag.  Move icing to bottom corner and twist bag to remove extra air.  Snip a very small hole in corner of bag and pipe icing out of bag on cupcakes.  Chill while toasting coconut.
  • Turn oven up to 375 degrees.  Spread coconut out on small baking sheet.  Bake 7-8 minutes or until lightly toasted.  Garnish cupcakes with toasted coconut.
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