If you've ever wandered through the charming bakeries of Guatemala, you've probably heard whispers of the beloved "cubiletes." These delightful treats hold a special place in the hearts of many, right alongside the classic "pan dulce." As the New Year approaches, we refuse to let the season go by without sharing our take on this cherished recipe.

Our Pumpkin Muffins are infused with the warm, comforting flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. What sets them apart is the enchanting presence of pumpkin, which keeps them irresistibly moist. These muffins make the perfect companion for a steaming cup of coffee on chilly afternoons. The best part? This recipe is a breeze, and it's so much fun to create.

pumpkin muffin cubilete

We've made it easy for you, and it's a family-friendly project too – kids can dive into the dough-mixing adventure. With this recipe, you'll whip up a batch of 10 to 12 delightful muffins. Let's get started.


- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup thick pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon orange zest

**For the Sweet Icing**

- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Step 1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining your muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Step 2. In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, raising, orange zest and ginger.

Step 3. In a larger mixing bowl, combine the eggs, thick pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Blend in the flour mixture until everything is wonderfully harmonious.

Step 4. Now, divide this delectable dough among the 10 to 12 muffin cups and bake for approximately 20 minutes. To ensure they're ready, insert a toothpick into the center – when it comes out clean, your muffins are good to go.

Step 5. Gently remove them from the tin and let these aromatic treats cool down, taking in the heavenly scents that fill your kitchen.

Step 6. Time to add the finishing touch – our sweet icing! Mix the powdered sugar, warm water, and lemon juice until you've got a lusciously thick mixture. Spread this icing over each muffin, adding a touch of sweetness to every bite.

And there you have it – simple, yet absolutely divine Guatemalan Pumpkin Muffins that are bound to warm your heart. Enjoy!