Pumpkin Cakes with Nutella Glaze


I’m not sure if this should be called a muffin, a cake, a cake-ette, or a cupcake. Nor am I sure if it should be considered a dessert or breakfast item. What I do know is that it’s incredibly tasty and I’d be happy to eat one morning, noon or night and under whatever name you’d like to give it ; 0

I always seem to have an extra can or two or three of pumpkin puree in my pantry. It’s one of those things that I seem to feel the need to stock up on. You never know when you’re going to get the pumpkin baking bug ; 0

This recipe makes me happy that I always have a can of pumpkin puree on hand. Now if you’re feeling froggy {and it’s in season}, you could absolutely use fresh pumpkin instead of canned. Just bake it and pass it through your food mill, blender, immersion blender, or food processor until it’s silky smooth!

Regardless of if you use the convenience of the canned puree or baking it yourself, you’ll love these muffins. They’re mini in size but they pack a mighty flavor punch. You’ll taste ever flavor note. From the zing of lemon zest to the crunch of the amaretti. You get it all in every bite.

I used my silicon muffin molds but you can absolutely use a regular muffin pan. They won’t have the cutie patutie tu-tu like edges but they’ll be oh so tasty none the less. If you’re anything like me {ehem Nutella-holic}, you might want to make up extra Nutella glaze. Because you’ll probably “spill” some of it into your mouth before it’s time to drizzle away ; )

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Pumpkin Cakes with Nutella Glaze

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter โ€“ room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 lemon โ€“ zested
  • 10 amaretti cookies โ€“ crushed, divided
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon Nutella


  1. Place butter and sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer and mix together until mixture is light and creamy. Add in eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly after each one. Add pumpkin puree, flour, lemon zest, 8 amaretti cookies and milk. Mix until well combined.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pans/molds with cooking spray. Evenly distribute mixture into muffins pans/molds. Bake for approximately 35-45 or until it passes the toothpick test.
  3. Transfer muffins to cooling rack to cool. WHILE muffins are cooling prepare glaze. To a small bowl add: confectioners sugar, milk. Whisk together to combine. Add Nutella and continue whisking until smooth and creamy.
  4. Drizzle glaze over tops of muffins and garnish with remaining crushed amaretti cookies.


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  1. 1

    This is beyond gorgeous… and I am sure amazingly delicious!!! (I am SOOOOO a canned pumpkin kinda girl!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2

    These cakes are so cute! And add nutella? Please! I love pumpkin any time of year!

  3. 3

    Droooool! I LOVE nutella and pumpkin. These look amazing!

  4. 4

    I adore Nutella…itsso amazing! Paired with pumpkin sounds like a winner to me!

  5. 5

    Those look so amazingly awesome. I want one now!

  6. 6

    Pumpkin and Nutella became a favorite of mine during Christmas this year. I made a bunch of pumpkin muffins that I would warm up and smother with Nutella for breakfast. So food! I love that you added amaretti cookies into and on top of the cakes. Sounds fantastic!

  7. 7

    Oh wow! Nutella glaze…. dreamy!

  8. 8

    You did it again, another brillant combo. I will be trying these!!! Clarice

  9. 9

    Just when I think you couldn’t possibly find another use for Nutella, you surprise me! How pretty are these? Pretty enough that I’d like one immediately.

  10. 10

    Ohhhh my! This sounds wonderfully delicious!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

  11. 11

    These look gorgeous! I wish I was more of a baker. I’d certainly be bookmarking this and sharing this recipe with my friends:) Pardon my ignorance, but what are amaretti cookies? I wonder if we have them over here in australia.

  12. 12

    Of course I love these!

  13. 13

    The combination of pumpkin and nutella is genius!

  14. 14

    I don’t care what you call these or when you are supposed to eat them, they sound delicious! Oh and you’re so wise to suggest that we should make extra glaze because some of might might ?spill? -that is very likely to happen ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 15

    OK miss Paula – these are beautiful and I am soooo happy you are still posting pumpkin recipes. I was hoping the pumpkin thrill wouldn’t end after the winter holidays. Love the tu-tu edge – need to get me some of those silicone pans. I am gonna go with “mini cakes” on this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. 16

    Wow! That is mouthwatering. I can’t imagine two things that I wouldn’t have thought to put together, but are such an obvious duo. I can’t wait to make this. I think cupcakes are in my future!

  17. 17

    Anything with a Nutella glaze makes my mouth water. These are fantastic, Paula!

  18. 18

    Gorgeous, Paula!

  19. 19

    I *do* have a can of pumpkin puree in my pantry! Guess what I’ll be making???

  20. 20
    Lora @cakeduchess /

    I most certainly have some canned pumpkin for a craving like the one I’m feeling now. These look fantastic.:)

  21. 21

    holy cow- that seriously is MOUTH WATERING and i dont even like pumpking haha! great post! love your blog girl! xo

  22. 22

    Yum pumpkin and Nutella a delicious pair for sure!

  23. 23

    Oh Paula, Paula, Paula…why, why, why did I look at this before my breakfast. So so so good! See…it’s making my stutter in 3s! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 24
    Kim /

    I made this last night but made it in a bunt cake pan. My kids, 11 and 15, boys, with a very plan pallet loved it. The boy like the flavor of coffee so needless to say this was gone by the morning. Very very good and a touch of Nutella goes a long way on flavor. Pumpkin made the cake very moist.

  25. 25

    These are beautiful! I bet they taste amazing.

    I’d love to have you share this recipe with Sweet Tooth Friday! http://alli-n-son.com/2011/02/24/cream-cheese-brownies/

  26. 26

    I LOVE pumpkin, and you already know how much I love Nutella! These look so fabulous!!!!

  27. 27

    The pictures are absolutely wonderful. I’m so inspired (and so salivating) that I want to start baking right away! Too bad I don’t have any amaretti cookies at home.
    Just wondering – could I replace them with something else? Or will the recipe not work without them?


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