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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes https://holycowvegan.net
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes


  • For the cheesecake cupcakes:
  • 1 15- oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 14- oz package of extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 8 ounces of vegan cream cheese
  • 1 cup unrefined cane sugar or turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp powdered cinnamon
  • ½ tsp powdered nutmeg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • For the lime buttercream icing:
  • 8 tbsp vegan butter (1 stick)
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • Make the cupcakes:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a pan filled with water on the lowest rack.
  • Place the tofu and cream cheese in a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Add the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt and process for a few more seconds or until you have a velvety mousse.
  • Line a 12-cup cupcake tin with paper liners.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the cups. Smooth the tops with a spatula.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the cupcakes have firmed up and the sides are a slightly deeper orange than the center.
  • Remove to a rack, cool. and then place the cupcake tin in a refrigerator until the cupcakes are chilled. This will make it easier to unmold the cupcakes. When the cupcakes are chilled, remove them. Tilt the tin and give it a little shake if necessary and they will slide right out.
  • Make the buttercream:
  • Place the vegan butter in a bowl and whisk with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until it's light and fluffy, about two minutes.
  • Add the vanilla, lime juice, and the sugar, half a cup at a time, beating well to incorporate after each addition. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl frequently to ensure everything's well-mixed.
  • Using a pastry bag or a spatula, spread some of the icing on top of each chilled cupcake. Crumble some delicious vegan cookies on top, like my Amaretti Cookies.
  • Eat.