Pumpkin Muffins {Cake Mix Recipes}

    Posted by  ·  October 23, 2012

    Do you love pumpkin muffins? Here is a simple recipe to make muffins that start from a cake mix. You don’t even need oil or butter to make moist low-fat pumpkin muffins.  Cake mixes are a great start for yummy recipes.  I also love to make cake mix sugar cookies and double chocolate chip cake mix cookies for the best homemade ice cream sandwiches.

    You only need three ingredients, four if you count the water.

    Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

    1 Spice Cake Mix
    1 can pumpkin
    3 eggs
    1/4 water

    Mix all the ingredients together. Place in muffin tin. This makes about 18 muffins.

    Now, if you want to make these muffins extra special you will want to add this streusel topping.

    Streusel Topping Recipe

    1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup butter

    Mix flour and sugar together and cut in butter. Place a couple of spoonfuls of topping on each muffin.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes.

    Don’t miss these delicious pumpkin recipes! You will love this pumpkin bread recipe.

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    1. Friday, November 10th, 2017
      I absolutely love these muffins, thank you for the recipe!
    2. Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
      Cindy, I tried these, and man, they are so yummy! And so easy. My friends loved them too. Thank you.

    3. Monday, August 28th, 2017
      Is the batter suppose to be real thick/dense?
      • Cindy
        Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
        Yes, Gram it is pretty thick.
    4. Chris hauge
      Saturday, February 11th, 2017
      What size can is the pumpkin? I have a large one but I think it's to big...
      • Cindy
        Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
        Hi Chris, the can is the smaller one not the large one.
    5. Denise
      Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
      I have made these for years! I use only the cake mix and can pumpkin ! It raises great ! ADD NOTHING TO IT !
      • Cindy
        Monday, December 12th, 2016
        I am going to try that Denise!
    6. EJ
      Saturday, October 15th, 2016
      For high altitude muffins--takes longer to cook--25-30 minutes depending if you have a shiny metal (30 min) or non-stick or dark metal pan (25 min)
    7. Kristie Shunkwiler
      Thursday, October 13th, 2016
      Opps. I forgot to ask if so what size pan
    8. Kristie Shunkwiler
      Thursday, October 13th, 2016
      Instead of doing muffins can you put the batter in a baking dish with the streusel on top.
    9. Debbie A
      Sunday, October 9th, 2016
      I love pumpkin so I tried this for a quick morning fix. They were quick easy and good (my hubby, who was hungary even said so). I think they will taste even better when they are cooler and the pumpkin taste is stronger, but next time I will use a butter cake mix & add pumpkin spice!
    10. Kara Paulson
      Saturday, September 24th, 2016
      could i put this in a bundt cake pan and make a bundt cake?
    11. Octavio
      Saturday, October 24th, 2015
      My daughter and I made these. I like what the eggs did. Added 3 teaspoons of pumpkin spice to it for extra bite.
    12. emily
      Friday, March 13th, 2015
      Nope the middle didn't set!
    13. emily
      Friday, March 13th, 2015
      Hi! I used frozen squash puree and arrowhead mills organic vanilla cake mix with flax meal and grated carrots. They look and smell good but are taking forever to cook. They have been in the oven for 45+ minutes and not done!
    14. ~Becca~
      Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
      i often make cupcakes, cakes, muffins with only egg and apple sauce... So this is perfect for me!!! Puréed fruit to replace water and oil (or even milk)... Makes it healthier! Had a kiddo iN class who couldn't have milk, even in baked goods... That's why I started baking like this. Yummy!!!

      Thanks for the recipe!
    15. Chattycathy
      Sunday, December 21st, 2014
      I just made this for dessert tonight. I used 15 oz can of pumpkin, Janice, used the eggs and added pecans, it's delicious. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!
    16. Christina
      Thursday, December 11th, 2014
      How many calories are in this recipe, do you know?
    17. janice
      Monday, December 1st, 2014
      What size can of pumpkin
    18. Monday, December 1st, 2014
      this looks really good, thanks....
    19. Sunday, November 30th, 2014
      I love using cake mixes for a quick treat!
    20. Catherine
      Saturday, November 29th, 2014
      Just made these and they were a HUGE hit. Definitely worth the extra time to make the topping. Delish! And simple.
    21. Kallie
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      Just made these but didn't have spice cake so I used white and added 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. They taste great. Love the suggestions of adding nuts - next time. Also cream cheese oozed in the centre - brilliant. Thank you for posting this.
    22. Kelly
      Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
      Do i use salted or unsalted butter?
    23. Hellen J
      Thursday, October 30th, 2014
      Ok I've made this recipe last week and it was not fluffy or rised, it was thick and heavy instead...what I'm doing wrong? I love this cupcakes but I lost my original recipe and I can't get them right for some reason....Please help me!!
    24. Stacy paden
      Thursday, October 16th, 2014
      These are amazing!! So moist! They will be a regular at my at house! Its like dessert for breakfast.
    25. Lucy
      Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
      What size can of pumpkin, large or small?
    26. Candi
      Sunday, October 12th, 2014
      I used applesauce instead of water and added chocolate chips on top of the streusel. Very yummy! :)
    27. Joyce
      Saturday, October 11th, 2014
      I made the recipe almost to the T.. had to use Imperial veg spread vs butter for streusel. The smell is amazing and perfect for fall time. I enjoyed the muffin with some black tea.
    28. Kristie H
      Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
      I just used the cake mix and pumpkin, stir in cinnamon chips & bake. You can find the cinnamon chips next to the chocolate chips in the baking isle..
    29. Tess
      Monday, October 6th, 2014
      Hi! Wondering what size can of pumpkin you use! Thanks :)
    30. Melissa M.
      Friday, October 3rd, 2014
      Making these right now. Even putting a cream cheese filling inside half of them. My house smells amazing!! Can't wait to try them.
    31. Lydia
      Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
      I made the muffins without the eggs and they were tasty and moist.
    32. tescha
      Monday, September 22nd, 2014
      I used unsalted butter and added cinnamon to the topping. They were great!
    33. Sherree Taylor
      Thursday, September 18th, 2014
      Here's a variation- 1 can pumpkin, 1 box spice cake mix, 1/2 cup water, that's it. Mix in a owl, add to muffin pans, bake 400 degrees . Only like 1-2 weight watcher points. No oil, no eggs.
    34. mel
      Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
      For the topping, is it best to use salted or unsalted butter? or does it matter?
    35. Nancy W
      Thursday, December 5th, 2013
      These taste & look wonderful! PERFECT recipe as is, I added chopped walnuts to muffins (can see adding dash of ground flax seeds too), & to Streusel Topping added 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice. These are delicious, easy, inexpensive, moist, & freeze well! THANK YOU STML!
    36. Monday, November 11th, 2013
      These sound absolutely delicious! I'm determined to get some more pumpkin baking done before Christmastime arrives!
    37. Amy
      Friday, October 11th, 2013
      These are currently in the oven. Used a large can of pumpkin...... hope that was right.....
    38. Melody
      Saturday, March 30th, 2013
      I made these and they were yummy. I added a little additional ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Then I added some raisins and they were great!! Thanks!
    39. Kathy
      Sunday, March 10th, 2013
      I made these using sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin and I added chopped walnuts. My family loves them. I used just yellow cake mix, boiled about 2 medium sized sweet potatoes until tender, mashed them, mix this together, added walnuts, and put into sprayed muffin tins. Wonderful.
      • Sunday, March 10th, 2013
        Kathy, that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your changes!
    40. Thursday, December 13th, 2012
      Hi there, the whole thing is going sound here and
      ofcourse every one is sharing data, that's really good, keep up writing.
    41. Plum Crazee
      Sunday, December 9th, 2012
      Any suggestions for the muffins using fresh baked pumpkin. I just finished baking two pie punkins and they are just waiting to be added to something. Thanx! Yours look awesome!
    42. Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
      Cranberries are quintessential to Thanksgiving-time for me! As a liltte girl, my mom would read me the book "A Very Cranberry Thanksgiving" and it had a cranberry bread recipe in the back. After we read the book we would make the bread. What a sweet memory! (I found the book second-hand as an adult and I treasure it.) These muffins look great! I have a go-to pumpkin muffin recipe, maybe I'll throw in some cranberries next time!
    43. The Shoestring Contessa
      Monday, November 12th, 2012
      I made a version with cranberries..they are so delish! I'd love for you to check them out:
    44. Thursday, November 8th, 2012
      Mmmm these muffins look absolutely delicious!!!!
    45. Monday, November 5th, 2012
      Mmmmm. These sound so good. I'm on the hunt for nice and easy pumpkin recipes and this looks right up my alley!
    46. Becky Anderson
      Thursday, November 1st, 2012
      Made these a few days ago and WOW. They were not only wonderful but they made my house smell good too!
      • Thursday, November 1st, 2012
        Thanks for coming back and sharing! Glad you liked them!
    47. Thursday, November 1st, 2012
      Oh this sounds amazing! My daughter loves muffins, and I hate giving her store bought ones that I KNOW are clogging her little arteries :)
    48. Mary Beth
      Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
      YUMMY!! I used apple cider instead of the water and added some dried cranberries and chopped walnuts to the batter.
    49. Karen Burton
      Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
      I made these today and took them to my small group meeting tonight. Everyone loved them. They were a great hit. Thanks so much for sharing.
    50. Cynthia Ferrer Welch
      Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
      I made these muffins tonight...yummy!! So easy to make and very delicious!!
    51. Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
      These look delicious!
    52. emily
      Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
      i do mine without the eggs and without the topping so it's even healthier and they are AMAZING.
    53. Laura
      Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
      I have even made muffins like this with just the pumpkin and cake mix. It was a recipe that i had gotten years ago in weight watchers.
    54. Amanda A
      Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
      Yum!!I made pumpkin muffins a few weeks ago with just the spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin. They were super moist and so very pumpkin-y!