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Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cake Mix

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Chocolate pumpkin cupcakes are easy to make with the help of a cake mix. They are the perfect mix of pumpkin spice and rich chocolate cake. The best part is they only take a handful of ingredients to make and they taste delicious.

close up of chocolate pumpkin cupcake with frosting and sprinkles.

This chocolate pumpkin cupcake recipe couldn’t be easier to make. The cupcakes are so moist and delicious. They are perfect for a fall party or just because.

These cupcakes really do have something for everyone. They start with a chocolate cake mix, so they are crazy easy to make.  

Even people who consider themselves “not a baker” can bake these. There are so few ingredients and steps, it would be hard to mess them up!

chocolate pumpkin cake batter in cupcake wells.

The texture is fabulous. Sometimes chocolate cake can be a bit dry and bland. There is nothing worse that looking forward to chocolate goodness and being disappointed.

That is not going to be an issue with these. They are moist and flavorful. They have a perfectly soft crumb that begs you to take another bite.

chocolate pumpkin cupcakes cooling on rack.

There is just a bit of cinnamon spice to them which really adds something. It lets you know this isn’t just any chocolate cupcake, this is more!

MiMi has been mixing cake mixes and cans of pumpkin for years. She almost always used a yellow or angel food cake mix though.

chocolate pumpkin cupcake with frosting and pumpkin candy.

She also baked them in a 9×13 and we always enjoyed it. If I remember correctly, sometimes she did a little drizzle of glaze or a bit of streusel too.

Made plain, it really doesn’t get any more simple. I figured if it worked so well for her, I could put a spin on it and make a chocolate cupcake version!

inside of chocolate pumpkin cupcake.

Cupcakes are always so much fun and they are easy to serve at a party. Everyone can just grab one when they are ready, there’s no messy serving to be done.

We also strayed from the 2 ingredient recipe. While only using two ingredients is easy, the cake can sometimes be a bit dry.

These cupcakes give you full flavor and a moist crumb. It is worth the extra 30 seconds to go ahead and add a few more ingredients.

A few eggs and tablespoons of oil helped keep them moist, and gave them structure enough to hold those perfect cupcake domes. Under that dome is the softest chocolate cupcake!

Frosting Suggestions

We enjoyed our cupcakes with whipped sweetened condensed milk frosting on top. The super airy vanilla frosting was a nice foil to the spiced chocolate pumpkin cupcakes.

unwrapped chocolate pumpkin cupcake.

But these cupcakes would be delicious with so many frosting options. Just imagine them with a schmear of cream cheese frosting!

If you want something pipeable, I’d recommend sweetened condensed milk buttercream, chocolate buttercream, or Italian meringue buttercream.

So put a chocolate cake mix on your grocery list and plan to make a batch of these this fall. Your family and friends will thank you!

Tips and tricks

  • Want a more true chocolate flavor? Leave out the cinnamon and nutmeg!
  • Want them even more chocolaty? Stir in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips 
  • Don’t want cupcakes? Just bake the batter in a 9×13″ pan, using the directions on the back of the box to estimate the baking time.
  • Want to eat them for breakfast? Leave off the frosting and call them a muffin! 😉
  • Of course you could substitute a vanilla cake mix in for the chocolate for a tasty and easy pumpkin cupcake.

More great cupcake recipes:

If you like these pumpkin chocolate cupcakes, you may also like making chocolate banana cupcakes. They are also really moist and flavorful.

That recipe is from scratch, but is still pretty simple to put together. So it is worth a look if chocolate and banana has your interest.

Or try crazy chocolate cupcakes. That is another from scratch recipe, but only requires a bowl and a whisk to put together.

Maybe pumpkin cupcakes are more your style. I have a recipe for homemade pumpkin cupcakes that are perfect for fall.

close up of chocolate pumpkin cupcake with frosting and sprinkles.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes Using Cake Mix

Servings: 18 Cupcakes
Author: Carlee
Super simple to make and full of flavor, these chocolate pumpkin cupcakes have something for everyone to love. Whip up a batch and make your favorite frosting and sink your teeth into a delicious bite of fall.
4.91 from 11 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 15.25 oz chocolate cake mix
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or similar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and place paper cupcake liners in 18 cupcake wells.
  • Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
    15.25 oz chocolate cake mix, 15 oz can pumpkin puree, 2 large eggs, 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Beat on low until combined. Scrape bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.
  • Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Scoop into lined cupcake tins. (I like using a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop for this.)
  • Bake 20-22 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly touched with a finger.
  • Remove from cupcake tin and place on wire rack until completely cooled.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 193mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Chocolate pumpkin cupcakes are easy to make with the help of a cake mix. They are the perfect mix of pumpkin spice and rich chocolate cake. The best part is they only take a handful of ingredients to make and they taste delicious.

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Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Thank you!


Sunday 4th of November 2018

Chocolate Pumpkin? I bet those are so moist!! They look lovely!


Tuesday 12th of February 2019

They really are so good and plenty easy!


Monday 8th of October 2018

Tank you!


Monday 8th of October 2018

Thank you so much!


Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Oh YUM! I bet the pumpkin and cinnamon really enhanced the flavor of the chocolate cake.


Monday 8th of October 2018

Thanks =)