These 2-ingredients pumpkin muffins are easy to make and are moist and delicious. I love a spice pumpkin muffin and using spice cake mix and pumpkin puree makes such delicious muffins that you’ll love having this simple pumpkin recipe on your go-to list.

I’m a sucker for delicious fall recipes and pumpkin is one of the best ingredients for fall. After you make these pumpkin cake mix muffins, be sure to try my pumpkin chocolate chip bread and pumpkin chocolate chip coffee cake! Each of these recipes are easy to make and turn out delicious, moist pumpkin treats!

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Only 2 ingredients. Craving a pumpkin dessert but missing a few ingredients for that complex treat? Bake these pumpkin cake mix muffins instead! These are so simple and easy to make — you can whip them up in no time.
  • Not a lot of kitchen equipment needed. I only used a hand mixer, bowl, muffin liners and a muffin pan. But you can easily use a wooden spoon and spray the muffin pan and nix the muffin liners to make the prep even simpler.
  • Easily customizable. Add chopped nuts, chocolate chips or even a pumpkin spice glaze on top!

Ingredients

A box of spice cake mix and a bowl of pumpkin puree on a cream textured background.
  • Spice Cake Mix: Any brand of this works great. Using a cake mix for the muffins makes these muffins come out tasty and fluffy!
  • Pumpkin Puree: This is different than pumpkin pie filling.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Line a muffin tin with liners or spray the tin with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, mix the spice cake mix with the pumpkin puree until combined. (You can use a wooden spoon or spatula but takes a bit longer to get it well mixed). 
A cake mix and pumpkin puree in a glass bowl
A hand mixer beating a 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffin batter in a bowl.
  1. Portion the batter into the muffin tins to be a little over ¾ full and bake at 350°F for 16-20 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. 
A cookie scooper scooping out orange pumpkin muffin batter from a bowl.
  1. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Recipe Tips

Don’t add any of the ingredients asked for on the spice cake box. Remember, it’s just the cake mix and the pumpkin puree we need!

Make these into cupcakes by adding some cream cheese frosting on top!

Make cream cheese pumpkin muffins by microwaving some cream cheese until it is very soft and dollop a spoon of cream cheese on top of the batter in the muffin tins. Using a toothpick, swirl the cream cheese around.

Add a spiced crumb topping to the muffins if you’d like by using a bit of flour, pumpkin pie spice, butter and brown sugar to make a crumble mixture. Spoon onto the batter in the muffin tins and pat the crumb into the batter a bit.

You can use a different cake mix such as yellow cake mix or carrot cake (just don’t add the carrots). Because those cake mixes don’t have spices add a teaspoon or 2 of pumpkin pie spice to the batter.

Two pumpkin muffins stack don top of each other against a brown background.

FAQs

Why is the pumpkin muffin batter so dense?

The batter will be really think, but don’t let that worry you! These muffins turn out moist and delicious!

How can I make my pumpkin muffins lighter and fluffy?

Typically cake box mixes will have either baking soda or baking powder — or both — in them which helps the cake rise and get fluffy. So we are set for these muffins since we are using a boxed cake mix.

Do I need to add any ingredients listed on the cake box?

Nope! That’s the beauty of this recipe! Just two simple things: pumpkin puree and the cake mix. So easy and hassle free!

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5 from 2 votes

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

All you need is 2 ingredients to make these delicious pumpkin muffins: spice cake mix and pumpkin puree.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 23 mins
Servings: 13 muffins

Ingredients
 

  • 15.25 oz box spice cake mix
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a regular sized muffin tin with muffin liners or spray the tin with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer, mix the spice cake mix with the pumpkin puree until combined. (Can use a wooden spoon or spatula but takes a bit longer to get it well mixed). 
  • Portion the batter into the muffin tins (muffin tins will be a little over ¾ full) and bake for 16-20 minutes . Or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. 
  • Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Notes

Mix-ins
  • add 1 ½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter.
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts or pecans
You can use a different cake mix such as yellow cake mix or carrot cake (just don’t add the carrots). Because those cake mixes don’t have spices add a teaspoon or 2 of pumpkin pie spice to the batter.
Add a glaze or cream cheese frosting to a more cupcake feel.
Mini pumpkin muffins: Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 27g (9%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 5g (8%)Saturated Fat: 1g (5%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 220mg (9%)Potassium: 181mg (5%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 17g (19%)Vitamin A: 5092IU (102%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 40mg (4%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
Course: bread, muffins
Cuisine: American
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