Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Buttercream


The perfect cupcakes for the season, a moist Vanilla Pumpkin cake topped with Cinnamon Buttercream frosting.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any time, you know my love affair with anything pumpkin. So when I spied Kraft’s Jello Instant Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix I just KNEW I had to make something with it!! – not a pie, although they do have a yummy Triple Layer Pumpkin Spice Pie recipe on the Kraft website

I had visions of cupcakes! A soft moist vanilla cupcake with just a hint of pumpkin! And why not top it off with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting!……and hey, sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on top!!

Oh YUM!!! these cupcakes turned out even better than I had dreamed!?
I’m making another batch for thanksgiving!! What a great treat for the young, and not so young!

Grab up a few boxes of the Kraft Jello Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding mix on Amazon or if you see it at your local grocer, it’s only available for a limited time!


Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Buttercream

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Buttercream


    Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • 1 Box Betty Crocker Super Moist French Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 pkg. Jello Instant Pumpkin Spice pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup real butter (softened)
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


    Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl mix all ingredients, batter will be very thick.
  2. Bake cupcakes 23 mins (test with toothpick)
  3. Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
  4. In a mixing bowl, blend butter and shortening until smooth. Add a pinch of salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Continue mixing until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Eventually you will have a very thick gooey mixture. On the highest speed of your mixer, stream in the heavy whipping cream- pour nice and slow.
  5. Continue beating on high speed until frosting is fluffy.
  6. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon and C&H sugar!


*my first batch of cupcakes fell – not sure why because I don’t think they could have baked any longer – but they still tasted great and you couldn’t tell with the frosting on top!

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