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Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Easy Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcakes

Crazy Little Projects
Calling all pumpkin lovers-these easy vanilla pumpkin cupcakes are super simple to make and will give you that taste of pumpkin that you love. Add a little spice and a yummy buttercream frosting to the top and you've got a perfect pumpkin cupcake recipe. 
Servings 24 Cupcakes


  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1 can pumpkin 15 oz (Please note, this is a very subtle pumpkin taste. If you are a pumpkin lover you might want to add more.)
  • 1 vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cinnamon to sprinkle on top



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients except cinnamon and mix thoroughly with an electric mixer.
  • Spoon batter into lined muffin tins.
  • Bake for 18 minutes. (Give or take 1-2 minutes. I bake mine for exactly 18 minutes but your oven may be slightly different. Cupcakes should just spring back when touched.)
  • Allow pumpkin cupcakes to cool. Frost and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe:


    • about 6 C powdered sugar
    • 1/2 C milk
    • 3 sticks softened butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • Combine ingredients. If it seems too runny, add a little bit more powdered sugar. Too thick? Add a tiny bit more milk.
    • I spoon it all into a ziplock bag, snip off one corner and use that to pipe the frosting on.
    • Add a dusting of cinnamon and serve!
    • So easy right?! Hope you love these pumpkin cupcakes!