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Pumpkin surprise cupcakes

Surprise your family and friends with this easy two-ingredient treat. Make it your own by adding additional seasonings or fruits.

Number of servings: 24
Serving size: 1 cupcake


1 15-ounce can pumpkin

1 18-ounce box carrot cake mix

Non-stick cooking spray or shortening


Time needed: 5 minutes preparation; 20 minutes cook time

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray muffin tins.
  2. Combine the pumpkin and cake mix in a large mixing bowl. Beat batter well.
  3. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full of batter.
  4. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes (about 20 minutes).
  5. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool on rack for 5-10 minutes. Remove from tin.

Nutritional information

Calories 89
Total Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 134 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 19 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Total Sugar: 9 g
Protein: 1 g

Allergens: Wheat

Tips and variations

For variety, you can try stirring in different seasonings (cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, etc.) or dried fruits (raisins, etc.).

If the batter seems too thick, stir in a small amount of water (1 tablespoon at a time).

Use paper muffin liners to reduce clean-up time.


This was inspired by the's Weight Watchers Pumpkin Cupcakes (no date).

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