Oatmeal Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 12-15 cupcakes


Oatmeal Cupcakes

  • 1⅓ cup boiling water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • two 8-oz packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Special Equipment

  • electric mixer
  • cupcake tin
  • cupcake liners



  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Insert liners into cupcake pans
  3. Combine boiling water and oats in a medium bowl; let stand 20 minutes
  4. Beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, shortening, and vanilla at medium speed of a mixer with a whisk attachment for 5 minutes
  5. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add oatmeal, beating until blended
  6. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Batter should be soupy
  7. Pour batter into lined cupcake tins, filling a third of the way up each liner. Sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean
  8. Cool in pans on a wire rack


  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, until smooth.  Add vanilla and mix for about 4 minutes
  2. Slowly sift the confectioners sugar into the butter/cream cheese, about one cup at a time
  3. Continue to beat until all lumps are gone.  Add the vanilla and mix until fully combined


  1. After cupcakes have cooled, using a pastry bag or spatula, apply frosting
  2. Dust with cinnamon

Oatmeal Cake recipe adapted from Cooking Light.  Frosting recipe adapted from Crazy About Cupcakes by Krystina Castella.