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Everyone loves these decadent Pumpkin Cupcakes. They are so easy to make and the cream cheese frosting is heavenly. The entire recipe is super easy and sure to impress.

Pumpkin Cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting
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Did you enjoy the pumpkin cake recipe? Well, I have a similar recipe to share with you today that I think you are going to love – pumpkin cupcakes! This pumpkin cupcake recipe is so easy, delicious and would make an easy Halloween Recipe.

I made a delicious, yet equally simple cream cheese frosting to top these pumpkin cupcakes for one fabulous pumpkin dessert. Everyone goes crazy over them and I think you will see why after you make them.

It is the perfect fall flavor dessert recipe that you can enjoy for the holidays and more. Make this Easy Pumpkin Crisp Recipe or Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe for the perfect fall dessert.

Why We Love This Recipe:

There is so much delicious pumpkin flavor and it is one of our favorite pumpkin recipes. The frosting recipe is easy and everyone will love these pumpkin spiced baked goods.

Whether you make regular size cupcakes or mini cupcakes, they are so easy and absolutely delicious. The cupcakes are so light and fluffy and just an all around great recipe.


Ingredients for pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting - boxed cake mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • Cubed Butter, softened
  • Cream Cheese, softened
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk


  • Cake Variation – Feel free to use different flavors of box cake mix. We have made this recipe with spice cake, white cake and even a gluten free cake mix.
  • Pumpkin Puree – Make sure to use pumpkin puree instead of pumpkin pie filling. You can make your own or use store bought.
  • Warm Spices – Feel free to add in ground cinnamon, ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves instead of pumpkin pie spice.

Step by Step Instructions:

Combining the pumpkin cupcake ingredients in a bowl with a spoon

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare muffin tin with paper liners. Mix together cake mix and canned pumpkin in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. You can also easily make homemade canned pumpkin too.

Dividing the pumpkin cupcake batter in the muffin tin

Step 2 – Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with pumpkin cupcake mixture. This will make 12 cupcakes.

Baked pumpkin cupcakes in the muffin tin cooling on the rack

Step 3 – Bake at 350 F for 12-16 minutes or until top of cupcake bounces back when pressed down lightly and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.

Combining the cream cheese frosting ingredients in a bowl

Step 4 – Cream together butter and cream cheese with electric mixer with whisk attachment. Slowly add powdered sugar, whisking for 3-4 minutes. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk if the icing is too thick. Once cupcakes cooled, frost and enjoy.

Recipe Tips:

  • Prepare Muffin Tin – If you have cupcake liners place in the muffin pan. If you don’t have any, you can spray cooking spray in the pan to easily remove cupcakes.
  • Filling Cupcake Batter – When filling the cupcake liners with the batter, do not overfill. You want to give room for the cupcakes to expand as they bake.
  • Frosting Cupcakes – Cool completely before frosting the cupcakes.
  • Making the Frosting – Slowly add in the powdered sugar to obtain the consistency that you prefer. If it comes out to thick, you can add in a tablespoon of milk at a time to thin it out.
Pumpkin cupcakes on a platter

Can I Make Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes?

Yes, this recipe would also be perfect to make mini cupcakes. Just use a a mini-muffin pan. This is the perfect size for little hands or when you want smaller portions. What a fun treat!

The kids get excited because they get to eat more than one since they are mini size. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time if you decide to make mini pumpkin cupcakes.

The mini cupcakes do not take as long to bake.

How to Serve:

These are so pretty displayed on a cupcake stand. I have one that I use for all my birthday parties, holidays and more. They come in so handy! You could also put some of the cupcakes on a pretty cake stand.

If you need to transport  your cupcakes, these cupcake carries are so handy! You can even get one of the double or triple ones to carry even more cupcakes!

This is especially nice if you are taking the cupcakes to school or a cookout. There isn’t anything worse than ruined cupcakes in the back of a car!

Pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting on a platter

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store the leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge. They will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

Can you Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze the Pumpkin Cupcakes. If you plan on freezing them, I would wait to frost them.

Make sure they are at room temperature before freezing in a freeze container. They will stay fresh for up to 2 months when stored properly in the freezer.

When ready to enjoy, thaw on the counter.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 4 votes
These pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting will melt in your mouth. Made with a cake mix, these cupcakes are easy but still delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 462


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 box Cake Mix
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or 1 can 100% pumpkin. Make sure you also see how to make pumpkin puree easily to save you money.)
  • pumpkin pie spice

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

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For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  • Mix together cake mix and pumpkin. Mix until well combined.
  • Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. This will make 12 cupcakes.
  • Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 12-16 minutes or until top of cupcake bounces back when pressed down lightly.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before topping with frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Cream together butter and cream cheese with electric mixer with whisk attachment.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar, whisking for 3-4 minutes. Add up to 1 tablespoon of milk if the icing is too thick.
  • Once cooled, frost the cupcakes. You can add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for added flavor and presentation.

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftover cupcakes covered for up to 4-5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 462kcal, Carbohydrates 79g, Protein 3g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 9g, Cholesterol 41mg, Sodium 430mg, Potassium 136mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 59g, Vitamin A 6845IU, Vitamin C 1.7mg, Calcium 127mg, Iron 1.5mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    Yes, I would refrigerate them when not serving them with the cream cheese frosting. Thank you!

  2. Djdx3 mommy says:

    Does it need to be refrigerated due to cream cheese icing? Thanks second time making but 1st making in advance.

  3. Carrie says:

    Yes, that’s correct. Use 2 cups of the homemade puree or 1 can of pumpkin. I hope your granddaughter and you enjoy them!

  4. Marcia says:

    I assume the can of pumpkin is the one equal to 2 cups? This would be great for my granddaughter who is allergic to eggs and it is hard to make a cakelike dessert for her.

  5. Mary says:

    How much pumpkin spice ..recipe doesnt specify

  6. Jillise says:

    Can you use this recipe and just make a 9×13 cske?

  7. Kayla says:

    I tried it with beet purée & chocolate cake mix tonight, this is a game changer for whipping up healthy cupcakes without the kids suspecting a thing! Thank you for such a simple way of making cupcakes!!! Would it work to still add some eggs to the recipe by decreasing the amount of puréed vegetable? I’d love to add some protein in there as well! Thanks!!

  8. Joanna says:

    Great recipe!!
    Made some for coffee time at Church.

  9. Pamela says:

    5 stars
    I live the dump cake recipes and make them often. I was so glad to find your recipe for the Mandarin cake will try that soon.
    I also sprinkle in some cinnamon and a dash or two of nutmeg in with the pumpkin. I have also used the pumpkin in box mix of carrot cake, and butter pecan cake mix. Also my recipe calls for 1/2 cup water but I usually use milk. I have also used frozen blueberries, peaches and berries. I usually mush up the fruit to make some juice but find that they benefit from the milk for moisture.
    I love your site and have found a lot of great recipes and especially like the freezer meals, I only wish you would include the nutritional values so that I can also take that into consideration when choosing a recipe. I also strongly believe that people who are over weight do not realize how many calories can be in a recipe, I found a recipe on another site that had 860 calories in each serving, that one even surprised me.

  10. Linda S Heller says:

    Thank you! Made them today and they turned out awesome!

  11. Carrie says:

    You are just using the box cake mix, not following the directions on the box

  12. Linda S Heller says:

    It does not specify weather or not to use ingredients required for mixing box cake.
    Do you use dry mix and pumpkin purée only?
    Or do you add eggs, oil and water plus purée?
    Thank you for clarifying!