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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

I saw this recipe in a bargain cookbook, and instantly wanted to try it out. Pretty much anything with pumpkin has got to be good…Right???

These were easily the best cupcakes I’ve ever had!  My usual favorite cupcake is chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and I also like these raspberry filled ones which I’ve shown here before, but these pumpkin spice cupcakes were fantastic!  Serve them with a cup of coffee….YUM.

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Trust me, the picture cannot accurately portray their deliciousness, not to mention the tantalizing way your kitchen smells after making them.
Ok, enough drooling, here’s the recipe:
1 18 ounce box of spice cake mix
1 15 ounce can of pumpkin
3 eggs
1/3 cup of oil
1/3 cup of water
 
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Duncan Hines is the brand that I used, and it was perfect.
First mix all the ingredients together, and beat with a mixer for two minutes.
Fill 24 cupcake papered muffin cups  (I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup).
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until when you touch the top it springs back for you (at least that is what my cake baker mom tells me).  Let them cool, if you can wait.
They smell so good, that believe me, it’s tough!
These are so delicious that you could stop here, and eat them just like this, plain with no frosting, but if you want to take them up a notch…

pumpkin cupcakes, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, Joyful Homemakingyou can go with a store bought vanilla or cream cheese frosting, or your favorite homemade version, or…

pumpkin cupcakes, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, Joyful Homemakingmy husband’s all time personal favorite, cool whip or dunking them in a tall cold glass of milk.  Your choice.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • 1 18 ounce box of spice cake mix
  • 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 1/3 cup of water

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together and beat with a mixer for two minutes.
  • Fill 24 cupcake papered muffin cups (I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until when you touch the top it springs back for you (at least that is what my cake baker mom told me).
  • Top with cream cheese frosting, or cool whip and eat!

*recipe from The Best 1001 Short, Easy Recipes
If you are a special fan of either cool whip or pumpkin, here are a few other delicious recipes I’ve posted, with one or the other of these lovely ingredients:

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Low calorie “ice cream” sandwiches (made with frozen cool whip)

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Pumpkin pie with a shortbread cookie crust

pumpkin cupcakes, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, Joyful Homemaking
Cool lemon dessert with only two ingredients

pumpkin cupcakes, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, Joyful Homemaking
Icebox lemon angel food cake

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Pumpkin pie spiced and sugared nuts

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

18 Comments

  1. Hey Margo, these will be perfect for my fall desserts! Bookmarking this in my Recipe Folder. thanks for sharing it!
    JoAnn

  2. Margo
    those do look absolutely delicious..Im goin to save it too because it seems easy and delicious an I think my husband would love them.. Thanks for sharing with us! šŸ™‚
    Robyn

  3. Pumpkin cupcakes – whatever next!
    Glad I found you through It’s a Keeper’s linky party. I linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a super week.

  4. Pumpkin recipes are so yummy, and I love the simplicity of the spice cake. I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at OneCreativeMommy.com. I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

  5. Mmmm these look so good! I love pumpkin spice anything!!! I’ll put this on my “to try” list for the fall!

  6. OOps, sorry about that, I hit the wrong button.
    I just love Pumpkin and Spice, this will be an awesome cupcake! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Hi Margo, I’m so glad that I can’t gain weight simply by drooling over your recipes! LOL I discovered your pumpkin spice cupcakes via the Homestories A to Z link party, but then I also just enjoyed reading your raspberry filled cupcakes recipe…and now I’m off to read more! šŸ™‚

  8. i think i just gained 5 lbs.

    hope you have a moment to drop by and do check out my giveaway on the sidebar.

    smiles.

    michele

  9. These sound delicious! And so much more simple than the way I do it lol!

    Something you could try, find a recipe for maple cream cheese frosting and top them with that next time. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon, I promise you will be in love!

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