Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffin Recipe

Great Gift for Teachers

These are my kids favorite muffins. They are one of the gifts that I often have them give to teachers, Sunday School teachers or new neighbors. However, we often have to make two batches since these muffins disappear faster than we can make them. You can also make these with nuts, dates or raisins or just with pumpkin. This basic recipe can have lots of variations too. You can substitute applesauce, bananas, or any pureed vegetable/fruit combination for the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Muffin Step by Step

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Pumpkin MuffinsStart with 1 box cake mix, 1 16oz can of pumpkin and two eggs.Mix everything up.Mix with a spoon until smooth.  You can also use a mixer but don't worry about lumps, the muffins will taste fine.Pumpkin Muffins with chocolate chips (Optional: you can add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.  You can also add regular chips, dates, raisins and/or nuts.)Pour in the chips.Mix in the mini chocolate chips into the pumpkin mix gently.  Then spoon the mixture into 24 muffin tins, or put it in a bread pan.Bake Pumpkin Muffins 20 minutes at 350 degrees for muffins, or about 30-40 minutes for bread.
Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Muffins | Source
Start with 1 box cake mix, 1 16oz can of pumpkin and two eggs.
Start with 1 box cake mix, 1 16oz can of pumpkin and two eggs. | Source
Mix everything up.
Mix everything up. | Source
Mix with a spoon until smooth.  You can also use a mixer but don't worry about lumps, the muffins will taste fine.
Mix with a spoon until smooth. You can also use a mixer but don't worry about lumps, the muffins will taste fine. | Source
Pumpkin Muffins with chocolate chips (Optional: you can add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.  You can also add regular chips, dates, raisins and/or nuts.)
Pumpkin Muffins with chocolate chips (Optional: you can add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips. You can also add regular chips, dates, raisins and/or nuts.) | Source
Pour in the chips.
Pour in the chips. | Source
Mix in the mini chocolate chips into the pumpkin mix gently.  Then spoon the mixture into 24 muffin tins, or put it in a bread pan.
Mix in the mini chocolate chips into the pumpkin mix gently. Then spoon the mixture into 24 muffin tins, or put it in a bread pan. | Source
Bake Pumpkin Muffins 20 minutes at 350 degrees for muffins, or about 30-40 minutes for bread.
Bake Pumpkin Muffins 20 minutes at 350 degrees for muffins, or about 30-40 minutes for bread. | Source

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3.7 stars from 3 ratings of Cake Mix Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 24 regular size muffins or 48 mini muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cake mix, white or yellow (can use sugar free or gluten free also)
  • 1 can of pumpkin, 16 oz. (substitute the same amount of applesauce, mashed acorn squash or grated zucchini)
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Put cake mix, pumpkin and eggs in a bowl. Mix by hand or with a mixer until moist. Lumps are ok!
  2. Mix in the mini chocolate chips (optional). You could also add raisins, dates, nuts or regular chocolate chips.
  3. Spoon into muffin cups or greased muffin tins or bread pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until top of muffin springs up when you touch it.
  5. Options: You can also bake in two loaf pans for 45 minutes.

Pumpkin Muffins Make a Great Gift

Best of all, this simple recipe is one kids can follow. You can have them look at the step by step photos or the written instructions below. Although parents may want to put the pans in and out of the oven, kids can do most of the rest on their own. Even my littlest preschoolers have loved to put the muffin cups in the muffin tins.

Can Make Sugar Free for Diabetics or Gluten Free

I've also made these with no sugar mixes (no chocolate chips or sugar free ones) and gluten free mix.. It worked just fine with both. So you can use this recipe even if you have some special diet needs.

Teens Love them Too!

They have especially been favorites of my teenage daughter's friends. Every time she makes them, she has to take half the batch to school to share at lunch. I like the fact that they take only 5 minutes to mix, and 15 minutes to bake, so they are great if my kids have friends over. They can make them and then have a tea party.

Pumpkin Muffins are a Healthy Snack!

Plus, they do have pumpkin, so that counts as a vegetable, right?! However, my husband (Mr. Chocolate) says that the mini chocolate chips should count for something too!You can also make these with mashed acorn squash, grated zucchini or applesauce (you might want to hold the chocolate chips).

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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Yes--these are great and so easy. We make lots of variations of them using other mashed fruits like apples/applesauce or peaches.


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alexishope 4 years ago

These look delicious! And with halloween coming up now would be the perfect time to bake them. They seem easy enough and not being too skilled in the kitchen this is just the type of recipe I am looking for.


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Global-Chica! That says a lot from such a global gal!


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Global-Chica 4 years ago from New York, NY

Mmm I love pumpkin and I love muffins. Can't wait to try this recipe! Voted up and useful... and I'm bookmarking this.


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

That is a great idea to use a spice cake mix. I will definitely try that! I have a caramel frosting recipe that might be good with that too. Yum. I'm hungry!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I made a recipe similar to this in the fall that had a spice cake mix instead. I made it in a 9x13 pan instead of as cupcakes. So simple and delicious!


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for stopping by Deborah--I've found you can replace the pumpkin with apple sauce or mashed banana or other fruit for a different flavor. I've also made this with sugar free or even gluten free mix.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

this is really good.. MMMMm I will be trying this.. thanks for sharing

Debbie

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