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Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Buttercream

 

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

Vanilla Pumpkin Cupakes with Cinnamon Buttercream at TidyMom.net

 

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

Ingredients

    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

Instructions

    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!

Notes

*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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90 Responses to “Vanilla Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Buttercream”

  1. bridget {bake at 350} posted on November 24, 2009 at 9:44 am (#
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    These look incredible!!! I never would have thought of using a Jello packet for flavoring!

    What tip do you use for the frosting? Yours always look so perfect!

  2. bridget {bake at 350} posted on November 24, 2009 at 9:44 am (#
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    These look incredible!!! I never would have thought of using a Jello packet for flavoring!

    What tip do you use for the frosting? Yours always look so perfect!

  3. Hoosier Homemade posted on November 24, 2009 at 9:53 am (#
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    Oh my! I haven't seen that pudding yet! I'm gonna look for it today! Thanks so much for joining in the party at Cupcake Tuesday!
    ~Liz

  4. Hoosier Homemade posted on November 24, 2009 at 9:53 am (#
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    Oh my! I haven't seen that pudding yet! I'm gonna look for it today! Thanks so much for joining in the party at Cupcake Tuesday!
    ~Liz

  5. elizabeth posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:07 am (#
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    These look divine and I am so going to put them on my list!

  6. elizabeth posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:07 am (#
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    These look divine and I am so going to put them on my list!

  7. Ann Marie posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:10 am (#
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    WOW – they look perfect! Almost too perfect to eat!! ;o) Almost!

    ps – please put me on the waiting list to be one of your taste-testers! LOL

  8. Ann Marie posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:10 am (#
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    WOW – they look perfect! Almost too perfect to eat!! ;o) Almost!

    ps – please put me on the waiting list to be one of your taste-testers! LOL

  9. Kay posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:21 am (#
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    All I have to say is YUMM!!! I will look today for the pudding. They sound amazing. :)

  10. Kay posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:21 am (#
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    All I have to say is YUMM!!! I will look today for the pudding. They sound amazing. :)

  11. TidyMom posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:23 am (#
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    Kay, just so you know, it was on an endcap display at our store, NOT with the rest of the pudding and jello- I looked for it for weeks before I suddenly found it one day!
    ~TidyMom

  12. TidyMom posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:23 am (#
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    Kay, just so you know, it was on an endcap display at our store, NOT with the rest of the pudding and jello- I looked for it for weeks before I suddenly found it one day!
    ~TidyMom

  13. Tonya posted on November 24, 2009 at 11:07 am (#
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    Those sound delicious! Definitely bookmarked that recipe!

  14. Tonya posted on November 24, 2009 at 11:07 am (#
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    Those sound delicious! Definitely bookmarked that recipe!

  15. TammyLee posted on November 24, 2009 at 11:52 am (#
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    I dont even like pumpkin, but I would have to try one of those.

    Looks scrumptious!

  16. TammyLee posted on November 24, 2009 at 11:52 am (#
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    I dont even like pumpkin, but I would have to try one of those.

    Looks scrumptious!

  17. Lolli posted on November 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm (#
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    My mouth was watering before I even clicked over to your blog. You had me at the title. I am copying this recipe for sure! Thanks for sharing. :)

  18. Lolli posted on November 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm (#
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    My mouth was watering before I even clicked over to your blog. You had me at the title. I am copying this recipe for sure! Thanks for sharing. :)

  19. Teresa posted on November 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm (#
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    TidyMom!
    When I saw those perfectly iced cupcakes I had to pop over here…even tho I need to be OFF of this computer and on to duties and errands and workouts!
    Those cupcakes look like they are out of a magazine!
    Maybe one day I will have the gift of producing such baked beauty!
    Just lovely!
    XXOOXX

  20. Teresa posted on November 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm (#
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    TidyMom!
    When I saw those perfectly iced cupcakes I had to pop over here…even tho I need to be OFF of this computer and on to duties and errands and workouts!
    Those cupcakes look like they are out of a magazine!
    Maybe one day I will have the gift of producing such baked beauty!
    Just lovely!
    XXOOXX

  21. He & Me + 3 posted on November 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm (#
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    I saw pumpkin on my dashboard and had to come right over. YUM

  22. He & Me + 3 posted on November 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm (#
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    I saw pumpkin on my dashboard and had to come right over. YUM

  23. Ingrid posted on November 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm (#
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    Your cupcakes look wonderful! And I bet taste even better! I've got to see if my local Publix has that pudding. Yours is the 2nd blog in two days that has featured it in a recipe.

    Btw, I blogged about your upside down apple pie. It was very good. Thanks for sharing.
    ~ingrid

  24. Ingrid posted on November 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm (#
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    Your cupcakes look wonderful! And I bet taste even better! I've got to see if my local Publix has that pudding. Yours is the 2nd blog in two days that has featured it in a recipe.

    Btw, I blogged about your upside down apple pie. It was very good. Thanks for sharing.
    ~ingrid

  25. Amy @ Living Locurto posted on November 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm (#
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    Seriously, how do you stay so skinny? I think I've gained 5 lbs by reading your blog this past week! Lol! These look delish, especially the frosting. Yum!

  26. Amy @ Living Locurto posted on November 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm (#
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    Seriously, how do you stay so skinny? I think I've gained 5 lbs by reading your blog this past week! Lol! These look delish, especially the frosting. Yum!

  27. Katie posted on November 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm (#
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    Those look and sound super yummy!
    Too bad I can't get any of the mixes…But I think I'll dream about them tonight :)

  28. Katie posted on November 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm (#
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    Those look and sound super yummy!
    Too bad I can't get any of the mixes…But I think I'll dream about them tonight :)

  29. SnoWhite posted on November 24, 2009 at 6:53 pm (#
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    oh, man. yum.

  30. SnoWhite posted on November 24, 2009 at 6:53 pm (#
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    oh, man. yum.

  31. Karine posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:23 pm (#
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    Your cupcakes sound delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  32. Karine posted on November 24, 2009 at 10:23 pm (#
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    Your cupcakes sound delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  33. Cole posted on November 25, 2009 at 12:48 am (#
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    Those look picture perfect! And YUMMY!

  34. Cole posted on November 25, 2009 at 12:48 am (#
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    Those look picture perfect! And YUMMY!

  35. Jenny posted on November 25, 2009 at 1:25 am (#
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    These look yummy! You have been baking a lot lately!

  36. Jenny posted on November 25, 2009 at 1:25 am (#
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    These look yummy! You have been baking a lot lately!

  37. heartnsoulcooking posted on November 25, 2009 at 2:18 pm (#
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    I love all the ingredients in this WONDERFUL!!! cupcake and BEST!!! of all the frosting.
    Geri

  38. heartnsoulcooking posted on November 25, 2009 at 2:18 pm (#
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    I love all the ingredients in this WONDERFUL!!! cupcake and BEST!!! of all the frosting.
    Geri

  39. Gina Trexler posted on November 26, 2009 at 1:33 am (#
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    OMG I wish I had seen these earlier. I bet those are delicious! Might have to bake those once the pumpkin pie disappears!

  40. Gina Trexler posted on November 26, 2009 at 1:33 am (#
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    OMG I wish I had seen these earlier. I bet those are delicious! Might have to bake those once the pumpkin pie disappears!

  41. { L } posted on November 28, 2009 at 1:54 am (#
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    Oh wow!! These sounds PERFECT! I want to try a bite right now. Thank you! I'm trying these asap.

  42. { L } posted on November 28, 2009 at 1:54 am (#
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    Oh wow!! These sounds PERFECT! I want to try a bite right now. Thank you! I'm trying these asap.

  43. Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas posted on December 8, 2009 at 12:50 am (#
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    I love pumpkin too and these sound fabulous. I can't wait to try them out. I'll have to add the jello pudding to my shopping list.

  44. Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas posted on December 8, 2009 at 12:50 am (#
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    I love pumpkin too and these sound fabulous. I can't wait to try them out. I'll have to add the jello pudding to my shopping list.

  45. Kita posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:10 am (#
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    These look soooo yummy! I just stocked up on my pumpkin supplies yesterday. Can’t wait to try these. :)

    • TidyMom replied on September 21st, 2010 at 11:23 am

      These are one of my most FAVORITE cupcakes I’ve made!! The cinnamon and sugar butter cream really tops them off!

  46. Debbie posted on October 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm (#
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    I too LOVE pumpkin…and cinnamon….and anything cupcake ( I just made 200 cupcakes for my daughters wedding…come check them out if you like)
    ooh…I so hope I can buy that flavour of Jello pudding here in Canada…I’m going to search it out and make these for sure…thank you Tidy Mom!!
    Cheers:)
    Debbie

  47. Dawn posted on November 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm (#
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    I totally made these today! You were right on the batter, it was so wonderfully thick and smelled amazing! The only thing I’ll need to do next time is tap the pan a little, some of them had a little pocket of air on the bottom where the batter didn’t spread well before it baked! I made lemon-chocolate frosting from them because that’s all I had and they are amazing!

    PS I almost had a heart attack when I couldn’t find the pumpkin mix, thankfully, it was in the holiday display rack and not on the shelf with the regular puddings.

  48. nicole posted on December 22, 2010 at 1:26 am (#
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    I bought this pudding last month hoping to find a recipe with it and here you are!!! Have you made these with other flavors of cake mix? I don’t have the french vanilla and am wondering if yellow would still bring out the flavor. What do you think? Maybe if I added some vanilla to the mix? Thanks for sharing!

  49. nicole posted on December 23, 2010 at 12:20 am (#
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    I wanted you to know I made these today and they were a HUGE hit with everyone! Thanks for sharing. :)

    PS- my cupcakes “fell”, too- not sure why but I’m going to research and see if I can find out why. It did force me to use a bit more frosting. Also, these cupcakes were very large. I think next time (which will be very soon) I will make about 30.

  50. teara posted on October 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm (#
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    Is their anything I can use as a substitute for the pumpkin spice pudding? I cannot find it anywhere. I went to several different grocery stores with no luck, I even tried looking at the seasonal items.

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