Quick + Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes


October 13, 2016

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 – 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. And try my mom’s simple scone recipe next!


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Easy pumpkin cupcakes
Easy pumpkin cupcakes

Quick + Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 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.

Recipe Notes

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.)

Easy pumpkin cupcakes


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

Easy pumpkin cupcakes



Two ingredient pumpkin cupcakes

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2 ingredient pumpkin cupcakes

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

  2. Christine says:

    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!

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

  4. Kiana says:

    These look yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Yummy recipe. Thanks.

  6. Logan says:

    These look delicious! I love yummy pumpkin recipes!

  7. candy says:

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

  8. 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!


  9. Ruthie says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. linda spiker says:

    Super cute. I love all things pumpkin!

  12. cara says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. I could eat a dozen of these cupcakes. Yum!

  15. 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

  16. Jenna says:

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

  17. Meghan says:

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

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

  19. Morgan says:

    Making these this weekend! YUM

  20. Stacy says:

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

  21. Lynn says:

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

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

  23. Jenni Laplow says:

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

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

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