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Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffin Recipe

Updated on January 17, 2017
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VirginiaLynne has been experimenting in the kitchen for almost 50 years. She loves to share her recipes, cooking tips and reviews.

Great Gift Kids Can Make

These are my kid's favorites. 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 disappear faster than we can make them. You can also make these with nuts, dates or raisins or just omit the chocolate chips. This basic recipe can have lots of variations too. You can substitute applesauce, bananas, or any pureed vegetable/fruit combination.

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Ready for breakfast!Start with 1 box cake mix, one 16 oz. can of pumpkin and two eggs.Mix everything up.Stir with a spoon until smooth.  You can also use a mixer but don't worry about lumps, they will taste fine.Add chocolate chips and stir. You can also add nuts or dates. Mix in gently.  Then spoon the mixture into 24 cups, or put it in a bread pan.Bake  20 minutes at 350 degrees for muffins, or about 30-40 minutes for bread.
Ready for breakfast!
Ready for breakfast! | Source
Start with 1 box cake mix, one 16 oz. can of pumpkin and two eggs.
Start with 1 box cake mix, one 16 oz. can of pumpkin and two eggs. | Source
Mix everything up.
Mix everything up. | Source
Stir with a spoon until smooth.  You can also use a mixer but don't worry about lumps, they will taste fine.
Stir with a spoon until smooth. You can also use a mixer but don't worry about lumps, they will taste fine. | Source
Add chocolate chips and stir. You can also add nuts or dates.
Add chocolate chips and stir. You can also add nuts or dates. | Source
Mix in gently.  Then spoon the mixture into 24 cups, or put it in a bread pan.
Mix in gently. Then spoon the mixture into 24 cups, or put it in a bread pan. | Source
Bake  20 minutes at 350 degrees for muffins, or about 30-40 minutes for bread.
Bake 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 or 48 mini

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, (or dates, raisins or chopped nuts)

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 springs up when you touch it.
  5. Options: You can also bake in two loaf pans for 45 minutes.

Kids Cooking

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. 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 paper cups in the tins as a help when we are cooking this recipe.

Sugar Free or Gluten Free

I've also made these with no-sugar cake mixes. You can either omit the chocolate chips or add sugar-free ones. This works using a gluten-free mix and chips too. That means you have a good option for someone with special dietary needs. In addition, you can easily freeze these when they are cooked and pull them out for visitors, just in case you have someone who can't eat what you have already provided.

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. We've made them for:

  • Breakfast after a sleepover.
  • To eat with ice cream hot out of the oven for dessert.
  • As an afternoon snack.
  • To serve with tea for a tea party.

Sneak in the Veggies!

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! Want more chances to sneak in the veggies? You can also make these with mashed acorn squash, grated zucchini or applesauce (you might want to hold the chocolate chips).

Cake Mix Muffin Ideas

Muffin Type
Cake Mix
Add
Extra ingredients
Almond Poppyseed
white or yellow
3 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 TB poppyseed, 1 tea. almond extract
Chocolate
dark chocolate
3 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil
12 oz. package mini chocolate chips
Raspberry Almond
French vanilla
3 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup fresh raspberries or 3/4 cup jam and 1 tea. almond extract
Spice
spice
3 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Add cinnamon sugar mixture to top before baking
Apple date
spice
1 cup applesauce, 2 eggs, 1 cup chopped up apples
Add cinnamon sugar mixture to top before baking
Blueberry
yellow
3 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup oil
1-2 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen)
Zucchini
yellow with pudding in mix
3 eggs, 1 tea. vanilla, 1 cup grated zcchini
1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1/2 cup golden raisins
Orange Cranberry
yellow
2 eggs, 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup fresh or dried cranberries
Cinnamon sugar on top before baking

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      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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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

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

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      Anna 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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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      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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      Rose Clearfield 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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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      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 Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

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

      Debbie

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