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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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It’s time for pumpkin week, a week that I look forward to each year. We are starting off with Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting. Pumpkin is one of those fall flavors that I love. It also let’s me know we are getting close to my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving.

I love pumpkin in about any form with the exception of pumpkin pie. I have never liked it, and have even tried it several times over the years hoping that I will change my mind. However, it has not happened.

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Today’s pumpkin recipe if for pumpkin cupcakes that all begin with a cake mix, with some extra ingredients including pumpkin, buttermilk, and sour cream. These cupcakes are amazingly moist. Then they get topped with a delicious chocolate frosting that has a bit of lightness to it from some whipping cream. The final touch is a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips.

Now, I think these cupcakes are best served chilled. Not right out of the fridge, just refrigerate them and bring them out about 5 minutes before eating them.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 box yellow cake mix


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • mini chocolate chips for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk pumpkin, pumpkin spice, eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla together. Add in the yellow cake mix and stir just until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Fill the lined muffing cups halfway full with batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes just until centers barely spring back.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 1 minute, then place them on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • To prepare the frosting - in a bowl, whip butter and cocoa powder until creamy. Add in vanilla, salt, and heavy cream.
  • Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time and beat in. Pipe frosting on cupcakes and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Makes 24 cupcakes.
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Recipe adapted from Baking with Blondie.

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