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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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Our super moist Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes pack TONS of spicy flavor in each cupcake. Add our Maple Cream Cheese Frosting to the top and you will have the best flavor explosion in your mouth!

This Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe made with cake mix is considered a fall go to recipe in our home.  

Why do we use a box mix instead of a homemade mix for this recipe?

CONVENIENCE

The prep time for both cakes is almost the same. That makes it a hard argument to prove that one is more convenient than the other based on just ingredients or time saved.

I  feel as if  the cake mix gets an edge over homemade when it comes to peace of mind. We know that cake mix is going to work the same every time. It will taste the same every time and I dirty fewer dishes with a boxed mix.  Unless you are an avid baker, it is hard to get that same consistency with homemade cakes every single time.  I do; however, make the frosting for pumpkin spice cupcakes from scratch!

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What Ingredients do you need for the Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes?

  • Spice Cake Mix (boxed) 
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Pure Pumpkin

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How do you make Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes?

  1. In a large bowl combine boxed cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and pumpkin.
  2. With an electric mixer beat until well combined for about 2 minutes.
  3. Fill the lined cupcake pan with batter about 3/4 full per cup.
  4. Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes (or according to box instructions).

Use our recipe for Maple Cream Cheese Frosting on top!

What ingredients are needed for the Maple Cream Cheese Frosting?

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup 
  • Cinnamon **optional 

Domino Confectioners 10-x Powdered Sugar, 1 Pound Box (Pack of 2)Domino Confectioners 10-x Powdered Sugar, 1 Pound Box (Pack of 2)Domino Confectioners 10-x Powdered Sugar, 1 Pound Box (Pack of 2)Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32 Fl OzCoombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32 Fl OzCoombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32 Fl OzAmazon Brand - Happy Belly Cinnamon, Ground, 2.5 OuncesAmazon Brand – Happy Belly Cinnamon, Ground, 2.5 OuncesAmazon Brand - Happy Belly Cinnamon, Ground, 2.5 Ounces

 

How to make Maple Cream Cheese Frosting?

  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and maple syrup.
  2. Beat until well combined and powdered sugar in dissolved.
  3. Fill a piping bag or ziplock bag and pipe onto cupcakes.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Why do we use a box mix instead of a homemade mix for this recipe?

CONVENIENCE

The prep time for both cakes is almost the same. That makes it a hard argument to prove that one is more convenient than the other based on just ingredients or time saved.

I  feel as if  the cake mix gets an edge over homemade when it comes to peace of mind. We know that cake mix is going to work the same every time. It will taste the same every time and I dirty fewer dishes with a boxed mix.  Unless you are an avid baker, it is hard to get that same consistency with homemade cakes every single time.  I do; however, make the frosting for pumpkin spice cupcakes from scratch!

Can this recipe be used as a cake instead of cupcakes?

Of course!  Use the directions on the back of the box for cake instructions. 

Can’t find a boxed spice cake? Don’t fret… grab a white cake mix and add two teaspoons of each ground cinnamon, ground ginger and allspice.   

Need Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes?

Use Namaste Foods, Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix.

Other Great Pumpkin Recipes To Try:

pumpkin cupcakes w maple icing

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Rest Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

Wanting the best flavor explosion in your mouth?  Try our Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe made with Cake Mix is considered a fall go to recipe in our home.

Ingredients

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin (pure)
  • Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 4 tbsp butter (room temperature)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine boxed cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and pumpkin
  2. With an electric mix beat until well combined for about 2 minutes
  3. Fill lined cupcake pan with batter about 3/4 full per cup
  4. Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes (or according to box)
  5. For the Frosting
  6. In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and maple syrup
  7. Beat until well combined and powdered sugar in dissolved
  8. Fill a piping bag or ziplock bag and pipe onto cupcakes
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 211Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 34mgSodium 202mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 1gSugar 20gProtein 2g

I am not a nutritionist. All nutrition values have been automatically generated. If you have questions, please have a professional look at the ingredients and help you with new values.

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