Spice Cake Pumpkin Muffins {3 Ingredients}

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Spice Cake Pumpkin Muffins are the ultimate 3 ingredient fall treat! Forget about complicated recipes, these pumpkin muffins requires minimal effort but delivers maximum taste satisfaction.

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These Spice Cake Pumpkin Muffins are the perfect quick and easy dessert. With just three simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of these mouthwatering treats in no time. Whether you’re hosting a last-minute gathering or simply craving something sweet, these muffins are sure to impress.

If you’re looking for more easy pumpkin recipes, try these Pumpkin Dip, Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies and Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats.

A cake split on a white plate.

Why We Love this 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Discover why this treat has earned a cherished spot in our culinary hearts. Prepare to be convinced as we share the irresistible qualities that make these cake mix muffins with pumpkin a must-try.

  • 35 Minute Dessert: In just 35 minutes, you can whip up a batch of these scrumptious easy pumpkin muffins recipe, making them the perfect last-minute dessert option.
  • Easy Ingredients: With only two ingredients and some water is required, these muffins are a breeze to prepare, making them ideal for busy weeknights or impromptu gatherings. Really you could call this recipe 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins.
  • Family Friendly: These muffins are not only quick to make but also a hit with the whole family. Kids and adults alike will love the warm, spicy flavor of these muffins. Like pumpkin bread but better. If they love fruit muffins such as banana muffins then the spice flavor of these two ingredient pumpkin muffin will be a hit.

Ingredient Notes to Make Pumpkin Muffins with Spice Cake

Ingredients for the dessert.
  • Spice Cake Mix: The star ingredient is a box of spice cake mix, which infuses the muffins with all the warm flavors of fall. Add a little pumpkin pie spice to the cake mix and pumpkin to this easy 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins for more pumpkin spice flavor.
  • Pumpkin Puree: Canned pumpkin puree adds moisture and a natural sweetness to the muffins. Ensure you’re using pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix. The pumpkin pie filling has added ingredients you do not need for this super easy pumpkin recipe.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

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Variations and Substitutions for this Pumpkin Recipe

Looking to put your own unique twist on our 3 ingredient cake muffins? Explore our variations section for exciting ways to customize this classic pumpkin spice muffins recipe. This easy and delicious recipe is so great to adapt.

  • Different Box of Cake Mix: While spice cake mix is a perfect match for pumpkin, you can try other cake flavors like chocolate cake mix, carrot cake mix, vanilla or yellow cake mix for a different taste sensation for this easy recipe.
  • Mini Muffins: For smaller portions, easily adapt the recipe to make mini muffins. Simply use a mini muffin tin and adjust the baking time accordingly.

How to Make 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins with Spice Cake Mix

These are the basic steps for making 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Mixing the ingredients and baking them.

Step 1: Make Muffin Batter

First, preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine the spice cake box, pumpkin puree, and water. Then mix together the ingredients until a batter forms.

Step 2: Prepare Muffin Tins

Next line a muffin tin with liners or spray with cooking spray. Then spoon the batter into the muffin tins until its about three quarters of the way full.

Step 3: Bake the Cake Mix Pumpkin Muffins

Place the muffin tin into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Finally, insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin to ensure they are fully cooked.

Recipe FAQs Easy Pumpkin Muffin with a Cake Mix Recipe

You can keep these muffins moist by storing them in an airtight container at room temperature. If they start to dry out, a quick zap in the microwave or a few seconds in a steamy oven can refresh them.

To maintain freshness, store the muffins in an airtight container. If you anticipate not consuming them all within a few days, you can freeze them for longer storage.

While this recipe is quite simple and indulgent, you can make some adjustments, like using a sugar-free cake mix to reduce the sugar content. This adjustment can make for great weight watchers pumpkin muffins.

Absolutely! These muffins freeze beautifully. Simply wrap the cooled muffins, individually in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

Spice cake pumpkin muffins with coffee on the side.

Expert Tips for Making The Best Pumpkin Muffins with Cake Mix

Our expert tips are here to help you master the art of making the best pumpkin muffins. Explore these tricks of the trade and infuse your muffins with extra flavor, texture, and flair.

  • Add Chips: Take your muffins to the next level by adding chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips to the batter before baking.
  • Nuts: For a delicious crunch, try adding chopped pecans or walnuts to the muffin batter.
  • Crumb Topping: If you love a crumbly topping, sprinkle a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon over the top of the muffins before baking.
  • Cake Mix Box: Use a spice cake or use a yellow cake mix even chocolate for chocolate pumpkin muffins.

What to Serve with Spice Cake Pumpkin Muffins {3 Ingredients}

A group of spice cake pumpkin muffins.
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Spice Cake Pumpkin Muffins {3 Ingredients}

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Spice Cake Pumpkin Muffins are the ultimate 3 ingredient fall treat! Forget about complicated recipes, these pumpkin muffins requires minimal effort but delivers maximum taste satisfaction.
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  • 18 ounces Spice cake mix, 1 box
  • 15 ounces Pumpkin puree, 1 can
  • 2 tablespoons Water


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.
  • Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper muffin cups.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a tooth pick, inserted into the center, comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Add to the Top of the Muffins: Sprinkle powder sugar on top. Drizzle icing on top of the muffins. Cream cheese frosting are wonderful on these 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins.
  • Spray: Use a nonstick spray on the top of the muffin pan to keep the muffin tops from sticking.
  • Variation tip: Use a yellow cake mix and add a few teaspoons pumpkin pie spice to make a spice cake.
  • Chips: Add caramel or chocolate chips to the batter.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 5516IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

2 thoughts on “Spice Cake Pumpkin Muffins {3 Ingredients}”

  1. You could probably use white or yellow cake mix too… I want to try this with french vanilla cake mix (I think D.H.??? makes this)…
    I try to collect some really simple recipes for my son; he has down’s syndrome & loves to help daMama in the kitchen, but gets confused/frustrated by complex recipes… This one will workgreat for him…
    Thanx for sharing…


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