Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe for a Thanksgiving Dessert


Okay, I couldn’t resist one last minute idea for a Thanksgiving dessert.  This easy Thanksgiving recipe is simple to make.  It is a pumpkin cupcakes recipe that takes just minutes but is delicious and will impress your guests. 

One of the concepts I discuss in Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget is to make your parties as stress free as possible.  This Thanksgiving dessert is an easy Thanksgiving recipe and I made these cupcakes just a few weeks ago and they came out great. 

This pumpkin cupcakes recipe I picked up from Real Simple Magazine and modified it slightly.

1 18.5 oz box of yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients called for in the packaged directions)
Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg to taste – Generally speaking I use about:
1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ginger and ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
12 oz of cream cheese (Bar form, not whipped) – room temperature
6 oz of butter – room temperature
2 cups of powdered sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla
½ teaspoon of lemon juice

Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Use two 12-cup muffin tins and line them with paper cupcake holders.  Prepare the cake mix as directed but with the following changes:

Add the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to taste and substitute the can of pumpkin puree for the water that is called for on the package directions. 

Pour the batter into the cupcake holders about half-way and bake for about 18 to 22 minutes or until they are done and then let cool.

In the meantime, combine the butter and cream cheese and beat until smooth.  Make sure they are both at room temperature so that the icing is not lumpy.  Add the sugar and beat until smooth.  Add the vanilla and the lemon juice and mix.

Please note that everyone has a slightly different take on cream cheese icing so you may want to add more sugar or cream cheese, it’s your decision.  Once the cupcakes are cooled, ice and serve. 

You can put mini-pumpkin candies on the top of the cupcakes if you desire for an added touch of décor. 

Budget Bash also offers a recipe on a dairy-free pumpkin pie (page 100), advice on easy design and décor (page 26), step-by-step easy flower arrangements (page 59) and more.  

I hope you enjoy this easy Thanksgiving recipe for an additional Thanksgiving dessert item at your dessert buffet or dinner table.  This pumpkin cupcakes recipe takes no time at all to make and the cupcakes are delicious and moist.  It is also a welcome addition to another Thanksgiving dessert such as apple pie or pumpkin pie. 

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

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