Vegan Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice…Meet Kahlua.

Vegan Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Have you ever wondered how people are able to come up with those amazing cake recipes that appear on your Pinterest feed? I know I have plenty of times! I have all these creative ideas about what flavors I’d want to combine or something new I’d like to try. However, I didn’t know all the details about the foundation of a cake, the measurements, and the reasoning behind all those random ingredients like baking powder. So I started to do some research about the foundation, the purpose of ingredients, and the ratio of ingredients. With all the notes I took, I decided I’d create my very own cupcake recipe.

Since pumpkin spice coffee and lattes are pretty popular this time of year, I figured that Kahlua (being a coffee flavored liqueur) and pumpkin would make for a great cupcake recipe. Kahlua is great for baking and I’ve used it for brownies before as well. I found that there is a Pumpkin Spice Kahlua, so you could use that for the recipe instead, but I used the regular one.

So just to preface the recipe…

I was a bit nervous with how this would turn out and taste with it being my first baking recipe that I have created. I taste the raw batter and was like, “Okay, this is good!”, then I had to worry about the baking part. What if it doesn’t rise properly? What if it falls apart? I kept the oven light on so I could frequently check it. Pretty sure I did a happy dance when I realized they looked “normal”!Vegan Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Due to the fact that all the ingredients are vegan, the texture may seem a bit closer to that of a muffin. Side note: what really is the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?! I spent a good 10 minutes looking it up before deciding what to call the recipe. Anyway, I went with cupcake since it had frosting, but honestly it’s closer to the consistency and density of a muffin in my opinion. You be the judge! Regardless of it being a cupcake or muffin, it still tasted great. It almost reminded me of cornbread, but of course a totally different flavor. The Kahlua flavored frosting really adds to the deliciousness too, so definitely give that a try!


You can’t really go wrong with pumpkin or rum, so the both of them together…even better!

Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving
By author Loretta Kartforosh
Say "hello" to Fall with these delicious, festive, Vegan Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.



  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Sugar


  • 1/2 cup Butter (1 Stick; Softened)
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 2 Flax Eggs (One flax egg is 1 tbsp of ground flax meal mixed with 2.5 tbsp of water.)

Frosting (Optional)

  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter (1 Stick; Softened)
  • 3 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If you would prefer to make a loaf/pan cake, then about 350 degrees instead. Prepare the cupcake baking sheet with cupcake liners or grease the loaf/pan if you are using that.
Dry Ingredients
Step 2
In a large bowl, combine and all the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon).
Wet Ingredients
Step 3
In another bowl (medium size works), combine and mix the wet ingredients (flax eggs, butter, Kahlua, and pumpkin puree). Once everything is mixed add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient bowl. Mix until everything is combined well and you have a smooth batter. This will be more on the thicker consistency side of cupcakes, so if you need to you could add a tablespoon extra of water or Kahlua.
Step 4
Put the batter into cupcake liners. If you have an ice cream scooper, I suggest using that because it's much easier. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes (Times may vary depending on your oven. It took mine 25 minutes to be baked all the way through.) Check that the cupcakes are ready by using a toothpick and making sure it comes out clean.
Step 5
In a bowl, add the powdered sugar, butter, Kahlua, and pumpkin spice. I suggest using an electric mixer in order to get a creamy frosting. Once the cupcakes are cool enough, add the icing. Sprinkle some cinnamon or pumpkin spice on top to add a little more flavor.

Let me know if you try out the recipe! How did it go? Did you enjoy it? Comment below!

I’m going to work on coming up with more recipes now that I’m understanding how the process works!