Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes


One of my most popular fall shenanigan recipes is my 2 ingredient pumpkin cake mix muffins. Since fall is creeping around again I decided to look for some similar easy pumpkin recipes that could take my pumpkin muffins to the next level. While researching, I came across these pumpkin cupcakes by LilLuna on Pinterest. I liked the recipe because, like my pumpkin muffins, this recipe used boxed cake mix as the base of the recipe. They looked delicious so I decided to test it out!

Here’s what you will need for your pumpkin spice cupcakes:


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • The ingredients on the box (minus the water)
  • 1 can of pumpkin pure – 15oz
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



1. Blend together cupcake ingredients: Cake mix, ingredients on cake mix box EXCEPT for water, can of pumpkin, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and ground cinnamon.



I used a standing mixer, but a normal hand mixer works fine too.



2. Put batter into cupcake liners, filling each a little over half full.



3) Bake at 350 degrees F for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.



4) While the cupcakes are cooling, mix together your cream cheese icing ingredients.




Be careful not to over mix or your icing will become a little bit runny, if that happens put it in the fridge for a little to harden up.


5) Ice your yummy pumpkin spice cupcakes! I used this Wilton 415-0906 Dessert Decorator Plus to decorate my cupcakes, it is the easiest icing piping tool that I have ever used. Also make sure your cupcakes are totally cool when icing them or it will melt your icing.


Sidenote: with or without the icing they are delicious!




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One Response

  1. joann

    I love pumpkin! And this is just in time for the holidays!! They look amazing!!