Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting are insanely delicious and so easy! They start with a box cake mix and I can't wait to make them again!

Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting are topped with toasted coconut and are a super simple dessert to make this Fall!

These Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting are insanely delicious and so easy! They start with a box cake mix and I can't wait to make them again!pinterestPumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect way to welcome in that gorgeous fall weather!

How is it already September!? You guys, I hate to sound like I’m 89 years old, but time sure does fly as you get older.

These Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting are insanely delicious and so easy! They start with a box cake mix and I can't wait to make them again!

I have been chomping at the bit to make some pumpkin recipes, and these cupcakes had to happen first this year. I actually made and published this recipe back in 2010, but the photos were horrendous and just didn’t do the cupcakes justice.

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Tell me you don’t want to just dive into that moist and delicious pumpkin cupcake…

These Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting are insanely delicious and so easy! They start with a box cake mix and I can't wait to make them again!

So I have to tell you the funniest story. Yesterday was Labor Day and I took a drive up to the nearby mountains with my daughters and we went mountain biking. Well, right before we left, I told my oldest (she’s almost 13 guys!) to go ahead on the trail and cruise down the mountain and I would pick her up at the bottom.

She didn’t want to go.

There were rain clouds creeping in and she kept saying that she thought it looked like rain, but I convinced her to go anyway.

These Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting are insanely delicious and so easy! They start with a box cake mix and I can't wait to make them again!

I packed up my younger two girls and we drove down to the bottom of the trail where we waited for her. All of a sudden it started pouring rain.

Like, a LOT of rain.

Ten minutes later my daughter emerges from the trees… covered in mud and not looking so happy.

I must be the worst mom ever because I was laughing so hard. So. Hard.

She didn’t see the humor in it, but I gave her a hug and told her I was sorry. On the way home I bought her a slice of pie. That sorta made up for it.

These Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting are insanely delicious and so easy! They start with a box cake mix and I can't wait to make them again!

You know what else would have made things better? These cupcakes.

Please, for the love of all things delicious, make these cupcakes and frosting… that frosting is my fave!

Oh and don’t send your kids down the mountain during a storm… life lessons.

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Serves 24 cupcakes

Pumpkin Chip CupCakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

These deliciously moist pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are topped with a lightly spiced cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut.

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 boxed yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • For the Frosting:
  • 8 oz cream cheese; softened
  • 1/2 cup butter; softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut**

Instructions

    For the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combing cake mix, water, oil, eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat with a mixer for 30 seconds on low, then 2 more minutes on high speed. Fold in chocolate chips. Line cupcake pan with paper liners and fill each cup 2/3 of the way. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  3. For the Frosting:
  4. In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and butter. Beat with a mixer until smooth and fluffy. While mixing add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time until combined.
  5. Frost cupcakes with the frosting, and sprinkle with a little toasted coconut on top. Enjoy!

Notes

*Use this combination of spices if you can't find pumpkin pie spice: 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground allspice, 1/4 tsp ground cloves.

**To toast the coconut: Use flaked sweetened coconut. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add coconut. With a wooden spoon keep the coconut moving until it’s browned and toasted. Remove from heat and let cool on a sheet of wax paper.

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Originally published on 10/27/2010. Updated on 9/5/2017

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
9 Responses
  1. Anonymous
    These are delicious. I added a cup of chopped pecans to the cupcakes and used my own cream cheese icing recipe (and didn't use spices in the icing). Toasted coconut was the perfect finishing touch to these moist cupcakes! Thank you!
  2. Candy Heflin
    I just made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins yesterday and let me tell you they are the best I've ever had! My family snapped on them!!!! OMW!!!! I'm so happy I found this recipe , I was looking for something different AND this was it !
  3. oak dining tables
    Wow! These cupcakes really look so delicious! I love it. This is something that I should give a try. Thanks a lot for sharing.
  4. J,J and H
    Shawn...these look awesome. I think I am going to whip some up for the ward party! We miss you guys! I hope all is well and you are lovin the trailer life. Who wouldn't especially when you are doing it with such a cute little group : )
  5. Shawn
    Ali- We don't know when we'll be back :( There is no set time when we will be done here, and no jobs lined up anywhere else as of now. But I will keep you informed when we find out something new!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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