Quick + Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

I love to bake, but I haven’t really been making much time for it these days. So, anything with “quick” or “easy” in the recipe, I’m sold. And if the recipe only calls for 2 ingredients? Ummm, now THAT is my kind of sweet.

Full disclosure: I’ve made these easy pumpkin cupcakes twice this week. (One batch for me, one for the baby.) Actually, the first time I made them, they were gone before I could even take photos of them. Harper, the Mister and I all devoured them.

Since they only have 2 ingredients, they look a little like muffins. But just add some frosting and don’t you worry –Β they are mouth-wateringly scrumptious cupcakes.

Oh and ps – I’m afraid Harper is taking after her mama as far as the sweet tooth goes. I limit the amount of sweets she has, but she does get to indulge in a little treat every day. Cupcakes are easily her favorite, and she calls them “cupkates,” which is doubly funny because my best friend’s name is Kate and she and I have a cake-making tradition that stems back a couple of decades.

I hope you enjoy these easy Pumpkin Cupcakes. Errr, I mean, Cupkates.


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Quick + Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

12 cupcakes


  • 1 package of yellow cake mix (you can also use spice cake mix)
  • 1 15 oz can pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Blend cake mix, pumpkin and spice.
  3. Scoop batter into prepared cups, 3/4 full.
  4. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool on a wire rack and frost when completely cooled. Sprinkle with nutmeg.


FOR FROSTING: In large bowl, beat softened butter and cream cheese until blended. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy. (Try not to eat it all before you frost the cupcakes.)

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Decorate some with spooky sprinkles for the kiddos,Β or make them fancy pants for the adults and sprinkle with a little nutmeg. YUM.




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  • Allison - Celebrating Sweets

    I love pumpkin treats! My kids would go crazy for these!

    • suzanne

      They’re soooo good!

  • Christine

    I enjoy all things pumpkin and have a bit of a sweet tooth! These look really yummy and I know my son will love them too. Thanks for the recipe!

    • suzanne

      Thanks for stopping by, Christine! I hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie Lowry

    These look great! Thanks for sharing.. this will make the perfect Halloween treat!

    • suzanne

      Yes, they will! Thanks, Stephanie!

  • Kiana

    These look yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    • suzanne

      Enjoy, Kiana!

  • Julie McCullough

    Yummy recipe. Thanks.

    • suzanne


  • Logan

    These look delicious! I love yummy pumpkin recipes!

    • suzanne

      Me too! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  • candy

    I would use my homemade cake mix but will be making these soon.

    • suzanne

      That sounds delicious, too!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Only 2 ingredients? Could these be any easier? I need to make these up for the Halloween party at school. I also just love the sprinkles you added. So, so cute!


    • suzanne

      Right?! I hope you love them!

  • Ruthie

    The perfect cupcake for this time of year!! Can’t wait to try!!

    • suzanne

      Yes! Enjoy, lady πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    These look perfect!! I have made all kinds of pumpkin stuff so far this month, but not cupcakes. I will add that to my growing list.

    • suzanne

      You just can’t have too many pumpkin treats πŸ™‚

  • linda spiker

    Super cute. I love all things pumpkin!

    • suzanne

      Me too!

  • cara

    These are so cute and I bet they taste delicious! Love the sprinkles on top!

    • suzanne

      They do! Thanks, Cara πŸ™‚

  • Kristen Kavan

    i love everything pumpkin and everything that is easy! 2 ingredients?! yes! I can totally understand how they were eaten before you could take pictures!

    • suzanne

      Right?! Me too πŸ™‚

  • Maggie Unzueta

    I could eat a dozen of these cupcakes. Yum!

    • suzanne

      Haha – pretty sure I almost did πŸ˜‰

  • Elaine McKellips

    Yum yum YUMMM! These look so good! Fall is making me want to try so many new recipes out. I love to cook, but timing is such an issue living in Houston. I spend so much time in my CAR, haha. Thank you so much for sharing a quick and easy, yet still so good recipe! Can’t wait to try it. xx, E

    • suzanne

      Fall makes me want to try new recipes, too! Hopefully you can find some time soon πŸ™‚ xo

  • Jenna

    These sounds amazing and I’m going to try these this weekend !

    • suzanne

      Yay! Let me know how they turn out!

  • Meghan

    OMG this looks do delicious!!! The recipe looks so easy too! Gotta try it this season!

    • suzanne

      Do it! πŸ™‚ Hope you love them!

  • Nicole Parise

    Fun and easy! Love your photos πŸ™‚
    xx nicole

    • suzanne

      Thanks, Nicole! xo

  • Morgan

    Making these this weekend! YUM

    • suzanne

      Yay! Let me know if you love them as much as I do πŸ™‚

  • Stacy

    What a great simple recipe! And love the festive frosting and sprinkles!

    • suzanne

      Thanks, Stacy! Have great weekend πŸ™‚

  • Lynn

    I totally understand about having to bake again to capture these “cupkates.” It won’t last an hour in my house.

    • suzanne

      Right?! Oh, the life of a blogger πŸ˜‰

  • Bobbi | Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen

    I have got to make these. I love pumpkin EVERYTHING!

    • suzanne

      Me too! Pumpkin can do no wrong πŸ™‚

  • Jenni Laplow

    Looks delicious! Definitely pinned this to make soon! I love the skull plate too πŸ™‚

    • suzanne

      Yay! Thanks, Jenni!

  • Corina | Now THAT I Can Do, Mama!

    Yummy and simple! I’m a sucker for box cakes… they are so good. Adding pumpkin is so brilliant!!

    • suzanne

      Yes, me too! They’re so easy – and the pumpkin makes it super delicious πŸ™‚

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