Pumpkin Noosa Cupcakes – Dia de los muertos

Día de los muertos is a religious holiday celebrated throughout Latin America- not every country, and not in every home, but it is a popular holiday. Growing up Catholic, it was a day to go to Mass and remember those departed, and so the Latin traditions mixed well with my religious traditions. This year, we celebrated The Day of the Dead with these moist mini cupcakes flavored with Pumpkin Noosa (a fabulous yogurt made in my hometown!) I found the cupcakes toppers from my friend Diana over at Ladydeelg.com– the link to the free printable is below! These cupcakes are perfect for the day after Halloween because they aren’t too sweet, and have just enough a hint of pumpkin flavor to remind us that Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

Yield: 16 large cupcakes or 30 mini cupcakes


1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
3 eggs, room temperature, separated
1 cup Noosa pumpkin yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (affiliate)
Cupcake liners or grease to line the cupcake baking pan


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line or grease your cupcake tins (affiliate). Next, combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl; set aside.  Whisk together egg yolks, and add the butter and the sugar, and mix well (I did this in the stand mixer) (affiliate). Fold yogurt and vanilla into egg yolk mixture. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy. Combine yolk mixture and egg white. Gently fold in flour and stir until just combined. Pour evenly into the cupcake baking pan (affiliate). Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven when a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool, and frost.I frosted these with cinnamon cream cheese frosting from my friend Sara at Mom Endeavors. It was perfect, the cupcakes weren’t too sweet and had the taste of fall! I cut out the cupcake toppers and taped them to a toothpick and put them in the mini cupcakes! Delish.

What are your favorite Día de los muertos recipes? How do you celebrate the holiday?


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