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pumpkin cupcakes { y u m }

    I love to bake {maybe because I love sweets?} and my kids love to bake with me. It’s a fun {and messy} activity that produces  the best kind of results {edible ones}. We made some Autumn treats yesterday that were super easy and equally tasty that I think you’ll enjoy as well.


    The recipe came from Real Simple last year {although this was my first time making them}.  You use a box cake mix, add in pureed pumpkin instead of the water and a dash of pumpkin pie spice for extra fall flavor.


    The batter was a pretty lumpy, but came out just fine.



    Yum : don’t they look good even without frosting? Ryan thought so {and he might have stolen a few}.

    I have recently discovered {thanks to my friend Dee} that piping on frosting is much easier than spreading it and it makes the cupcakes look fancy.


    You just need a pastry bag and a piping tip {which you can get at any craft store}.


    Start on the outside and swirl around {at least that is how I did it!}.


    While I piped on the frosting, this little guy enjoyed the beater and this little girl played with the remote

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    {anything to keep them busy!}

    Once the cupcakes were frosted


    #3 was pretty excited about adding the candy corn




    Here is the recipe if you want to give them a try:


    {your family & tummy will be happy if you do}

    44 thoughts on “pumpkin cupcakes { y u m }”

    1. I made these wonderful cupcakes this week, but I made them gluten free by substituting the Betty Crocker Gluten Free yellow cake mix. They turned out so yummy and I had tons of requests for the recipe! I think it’s because they looked so cute. For the first time ever, I piped on the icing. It was just as easy as you said. Mmmmm….mmmmm…I think I might have to go eat another. :)

    2. I just came across your blog and am loving it! Wanted to say, I make a similar recipe after seeing the Cake Mix Doctor lady on TV years ago. Her recipe is one box of spice cake mix (I’ve also used carrot cake mix), one can of pureed pumpkin, and one egg. Mix all together, place in cupcake tins, and bake according to the cupcake time on the back of the cake mix box. This is one of my son’s favorite treats! I’ll occasionally add in raisins, dried cranberries, and/or chopped nuts. Oh my. It’s almost 86 degrees out but now I want pumpkin muffins! Thanks for your blog! It’s very inspiring. :-)

    3. super great idea! next time you pipe frosting, try making a backwards capital G and it will help build a foundation for your frosting to make that “ice cream swirl” effect. i looooove reading all your great ideas!!

    4. This is the third time I’ve made these since your post. Today I put orange zest in my yummy! Thanks for posting it Emily!

        1. The last time I used papers for cupcakes the muffin stuck to the papers …any ideas before I mae these ?? Thanks emily LOVING your blog !!!

          1. You might try a small squirt of spray oil in each muffin cup before you add the batter. Makes them a bit oily-so might not be good for kids at a party but sure makes them easier to get out of the for our breakfast muffins!

    5. Yummm! these were so fun to make:) I would almost add more sugar to the frosting though…but I didn’t because I felt guilty!

    6. Yummy is right. I use Spice cake to bring it up a notch. FYI, you can drop the eggs and turn them into cakie (sp?:) cookies! Going to pipe my frosting next time!

    7. Emily,
      Thanks sooo much for posting this recipe. I am incredibly obsessed with making cupcakes lately and these are perfect for the season. I’ve been loving your blog for a while now and just wanted to say thanks because your blog brightens my days. :)

    8. I am a newish reader to your blog and wanted to say how much I enjoy it. I love your stenciled office and decided to try a feature wall behind my TV and am featuring it today, it you want to check it out.
      I love everything pumpkin so I will definitely be trying these!

    9. Emily,

      I am so glad you posted this recipe! I have been craving pumpkin cupcakes and these are perfect. I’m hosting a party tonight and these are in the oven……. I have an amazing pumpkin chocolate chip bar recipe that is to die for! I’ll have to send it to you!

    10. i make pumpkin muffins constantly this time of yeaar. except my recipe calls for a box of spice cake mix {instead of the yellow cake and then having to add the pumpkin spice}.
      hmmm, i might have to go make some right now!! :)

    11. Thanks for sharing! I was just thinking today that I needed to look for a pumpkin cupcake recipe now that fall is officially here. You saved me a ton of legwork : )

    12. Yummy! This is very similiar to a cake I make called an Autumn Spice Cake. All the same ingredients, just in cake form. Super easy and super fallish! Is fallish a word? :)

    13. I love this recipe and its so easy! I make it with a spice cake mix and you don’t even need the frosting, but of course, frosting is soooo good. :-) Actually, without the frosting, the cupcakes are pretty low cal and the pumpkin adds fiber.

    14. I have that same page ripped out of Real Simple! I have made the peanut butter cookies, but have never gotten around to making the cupcakes. You have convinced me it’s time!

    15. These sound delish! You can also try an even easier recipe with a box of spice cake mix, can of pumpkin, and 1/2 bag of choc. chips. Bake for about 15 minutes at 350. Mmmmmm, and they make the house smell so good!!

    16. Emily! You have me in stitches laughing at Mason while he was applying the candy corn….did you notice the rim of frosting around his mouth, how adorable is that! Those moments are what make baking with kids so much fun! Thanks for sharing and bringing a big huge smile to my face!

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