Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

This is an easy semi-homemade recipe that starts with a spice cake mix. Full of pumpkin flavor that screams fall, these cupcakes will be  ideal for your Halloween party or any fall get-together. The sweet cream cheese frosting is the perfect accompaniment to these spicy little cakes.


Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

adapted from My Baking Addiction

For the cupcakes you will need:

1 box spice cake mix (15-18.25 ounces)

1 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup pure pumpkin puree

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting you will need:

2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 pounds (5 3/4 cups) confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare two 12 cup muffin tins with either paper liners or non stick cooking spray.

Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mix on medium speed until smooth.

Distribute batter evenly among muffin cups, 1/2 to 3/4 cups full.

Bake for 18-22 minutes. Test for doneness using a toothpick.

Leave cupcakes in baking pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely.

Prepare Frosting.

A stand mixer works best, but you can use a hand mixer. Beat softened cream cheese on medium high speed until smooth and creamy. Add butter and beat for 3 minutes more. Slowly add in confectioners sugar and beat on low until fully mixed in. Add vanilla and beat for another 3-4 minutes. Frosting should have a light and fluffy consistency.

Frost cupcakes generously when cooled completely. Decorate as you desire.

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