Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins

These super soft pumpkin crumb cake muffins are topped with pumpkin spice crumbs and finished with sweet maple icing. They’re a reader favorite and after baking one batch, you’ll understand why!

Soft and moist pumpkin muffins topped with pumpkin spice crumbs and maple icing! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s all just agree that the crumbs are the best part of crumb cake.

…or so I thought until I made these pumpkin crumb cake muffins. Underneath pumpkin spice crumbs (!!) there’s an irresistible pumpkin cake– and I, for one, cannot resist anything pumpkin. Both the muffin itself AND the crumbs are equally awesome. Theres absolutely no picking the crumbs off these orange beauties. Top the pumpkin muffins with a little maple icing and there’s basically no need for any other breakfast food.

Soft and moist pumpkin muffins topped with pumpkin spice crumbs and maple glaze! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Readers’ Favorite Pumpkin Muffins

Like clockwork, September rolls around and we all go crazy for these pumpkin crumb cake muffins. They’re the perfect combination of everything we love about fall. Their ease and taste also help us transition into the chillier months.

Here’s why these are the best pumpkin muffins:

  • The batter is based off of my pumpkin bread— it’s SO good
  • Easy to make and no mixer required
  • Ready in less than one hour
  • Soft and moist thanks to power ingredients like pumpkin, oil, eggs, and milk
  • Topped with pumpkin spice crumbs + sweet maple icing
  • Delicious as a breakfast, snack, or dessert
  • Packed with warm and cozy fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves

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How to Make Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins

Instead of using my iced pumpkin coffee cake recipe as the base, I turned to my pumpkin bread. I LOVE using that bread recipe to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. All you do here is take out the chocolate chips, reduce the sugar, and use milk instead of orange juice. Though you could definitely use orange juice if you’d like! (Orange juice provides incredible flavor to the bread, trust me on that one.)

Made with basic ingredients, these pumpkin muffins come together quickly.

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Whisk the wet ingredients together.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Fill muffin cups— almost full, but leave room for the topping.
  5. Make crumb topping. Spoon this onto each muffin, pressing the crumbs into the tops.
  6. Bake.
  7. Whisk 3 icing ingredients together.
  8. Drizzle + serve.

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Pumpkin Spice Crumb Topping

If you thought crumb topping couldn’t get any better, think again. We’re topping pumpkin crumb cake muffins with pumpkin spice crumbs. YES!

We use oil in the muffins themselves for extra moistness, but we use melted butter in the crumb topping. Why? F-L-A-V-O-R. The crumb topping also has brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, and pumpkin pie spice. (Like my traditional crumb cake topping but with pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon.) There are repeat ingredients used in the muffins, so this is not only an easy recipe, it’s a convenient one too.

Fun fact: I reduced the sugar in these muffins because they’re getting an extra dose of sweet from the crumb topping and maple icing. With that, I also reduced the salt to make sure the muffins didn’t taste salty with less sugar.

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Optional Maple Icing

Maple icing is optional, but I don’t think we should ever label icing as an option! Honestly though, they taste great even without it. Also honestly, the maple icing seeping into the crumb topping is better than you can imagine.

Soft and moist pumpkin muffins topped with pumpkin spice crumbs and maple icing! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 15 muffins
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Soft and moist pumpkin crumb cake muffins with pumpkin pie spice and maple icing topping.


  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (340g) canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk, at room temperature*

Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
  • 6 Tablespoons (86g) unsalted butter, melted

Maple Icing (optional)

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk*


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners. This recipe makes 15 muffins, so prepare a second muffin pan in the same manner. Set aside.
  2. Make the muffins: In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together until combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs and milk together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then fold everything together gently just until combined and no flour pockets remain.
  3. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them almost full.
  4. Make the crumb topping: Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice together until combined. Using a fork, lightly mix in the melted butter until crumbs form. Don’t over-mix. Spoon crumbs evenly on top of the batter and gently press them down into the batter so they’re snug.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 16-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 21-22 minutes, give or take. Allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes in the muffin pan as you make the icing. *For mini muffins, bake for 11-13 minutes at 350°F (177°C) the entire time.
  6. Make the icing: Whisk all of the icing ingredients together until combined and smooth. Drizzle over muffins and serve warm. Cover tightly and store at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: For longer storage, freeze muffins (with or without icing) for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature or warm up in the microwave if desired. Top with icing before serving if needed.
  2. Special Tools: Muffin Pan | Muffin Liners | Mixing Bowls | Spatula | Whisk
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice: Instead of prepared pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1/4 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, and ground allspice. Sometimes I use closer to 1 and 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice. I like a lot of spice flavor!
  4. Milk: Any milk works. I’ve tested with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, whole milk, and skim milk. You can use any, dairy or non.

Keywords: pumpkin crumb cake muffins, pumpkin muffins


  1. I made these this morning for my family along with a big pot of Chai, and I have to thank you because they came out delicious. What a wonderful recipe. This is one that I’ll be making again and again because everyone loved them so much! It’s the perfect recipe for a chilly fall morning.

  2. oh my gosh! made these twice already and i am so in love with them. everyone who’s tried raves about them and tells me they’re the best muffins they’ve ever tasted! 🙂 such a great recipe! they came out perfectly moist and the crumbs are an amazing touch that i didn’t know i needed in my life until now. these muffins have the perfect amount of sweetness  so that my parents and the little ones both can’t get enough!! definitely will be making them again for the family on thanksgiving! lots of love 

  3. Omg I read the milk directions wrong and put 4 cups, I was wondering why so liquidy and why I have so much batter. Now what????

  4. Just made this tonight, but had to sub ginger and cardamom for other spices due to allergies and I made it as a cake.  Other half was hanging out in the kitchen waiting for it to come out of the oven because it smelled so good!  He never does that!  It was amazing and I was told the maple glaze is not optional. Ha!

  5. Sooooo good! I added walnuts which was a nice touch. I made half in mini muffin tins which I sprayed with coconut oil first. They came out of the tin perfectly. Next time I may do them all as mini muffins–nice to get that added crunch that the baked edges provide. Came out perfectly moist and utterly delicious!

  6. These are my FAVORITE muffins ever! So moist and delicious!!! I took these to work and they were a huge hit!!! Everyone loved them.

  7. Absolutely love this recipe. Love how moist and tasty these muffins are. I substituted the veg oil out and used coconut oil. My whole family devoward them, definitely will be making these again !

  8. I just made these vegan (egg substitute, unsweetened vanilla almond milk) for my 17 month old, and they smell amazing! I didn’t put the crumb topping or frosting since they’re a trial run, but I can’t wait to try them once they cool. (She has an allergy to eggs and bananas) Thanks for sharing!

  9. I’ve made this recipe multiple times and it’s always a hit! I’ve never made them as muffins but in a baking dish. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Forgot how great this recipe is! I’ve found that folks enjoy this pumpkin muffin anytime of the year. Not only is it tasty and I love the crunchy topping with the flavorful and tender cake, but the muffin looks professional. Folks at work asked me where I bought the muffins !!

    1. I’m unsure of the nutritional info of this recipe, but there are many great online calculators like this one: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  11. A very dear couple recently had a father pass away, his father. There was going to be lots of food taken to the parents home but due to her knee being really bad she is unable to do much right now. She is going to have knee replacement soon but with family flying in and folks in her home I knew she would need some help with feeding them. We live in a rural area and not a lot of restaurants close by. The funeral is going to be at 10am and breakfast would be a hurried meal so I made a Farmer’s Casserole and looked for muffin recipes to make to go with the casserole. This one just fit the bill of something different with lots of flavor. I am not able to eat them due to gluten allergy but my husband said they were wonderful and so moist!! I bought a maple syrup that really just tasted like plain syrup so the glaze did not have that good maple flavor. I added some nutmeg and cinnamon to it to try and pump up the flavor so it wasn’t so plain tasting. Next time I make them I will add a touch of maple extract to the glaze or find a syrup that has a strong maple flavor but other than that would not change a thing!! They looked absolutely beautiful on my white decorative square plate I use for taking food places. Sure hope it will help start the day on a sweet note for them. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

    1. Hi Kristy! Cover tightly and store at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Even with a drizzle of icing, they’re fine at room temperature for a couple days.

  12. It’s September, so I’m ready to bake with pumpkin even though it’s still around 80 degrees here most days! We have new neighbors, and I’d like to bake something for them to welcome them to our street. I was thinking of making these because ( a ) I love pumpkin and want to keep some for myself 🙂 and ( b ) they don’t have nuts, which I try to avoid when I don’t know someone’s allergy situation. If I already have regular paper muffin liners at home, do you think they will be ok? I see you have parchment liners in the recommended products above, but if I order them I don’t think they’d arrive before I was hoping to bake. Thanks!

  13. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I made them in giant muffin pans and baked them longer 25-30 min otherwise followed your recipe… it made 8… I plan on adding chopped pecans next time! 🙂

  14. Love these muffins! I made them with gluten-free flour, and they turned out great. Next time, I’m going to try crumbling the butter mixture without melting in hopes that the crumbles won’t fall off the muffin.

  15. These muffins are the definition of amazing. The texture is great and the cake is not dry at all. I love the crumbs because they add a nice crunchy texture. I added a pinch of salt to the crumb mixture though to balance out the sweetness of the icing right on top. Also, I used extra icing because it was so good. I’m already planning to make another batch this week, I guess next time I should just double the recipe!

  16. Hi, I have a fresh pumpkin at home, can u please tell me how can I used it to make this recipe??? Here in Germany I haven’t seen canned pumpkin… only fresh and frozen : / …. thanks!

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