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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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Comments

  1. 1
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    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. 2
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    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. 3
    Hoosier Homemade says:

    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. 4
    Hoosier Homemade says:

    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. 5

    These look divine and I am so going to put them on my list!

  6. 6

    These look divine and I am so going to put them on my list!

  7. 7

    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. 8

    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. 9

    All I have to say is YUMM!!! I will look today for the pudding. They sound amazing. :)

  10. 10

    All I have to say is YUMM!!! I will look today for the pudding. They sound amazing. :)

  11. 11

    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. 12

    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. 13

    Those sound delicious! Definitely bookmarked that recipe!

  14. 14

    Those sound delicious! Definitely bookmarked that recipe!

  15. 15

    I dont even like pumpkin, but I would have to try one of those.

    Looks scrumptious!

  16. 16

    I dont even like pumpkin, but I would have to try one of those.

    Looks scrumptious!

  17. 17

    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. 18

    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. 19

    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. 20

    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. 21
    He & Me + 3 says:

    I saw pumpkin on my dashboard and had to come right over. YUM

  22. 22
    He & Me + 3 says:

    I saw pumpkin on my dashboard and had to come right over. YUM

  23. 23

    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. 24

    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. 25
    Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    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. 26
    Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    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. 27

    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. 28

    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. 29

    oh, man. yum.

  30. 30

    oh, man. yum.

  31. 31

    Your cupcakes sound delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  32. 32

    Your cupcakes sound delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  33. 33

    Those look picture perfect! And YUMMY!

  34. 34

    Those look picture perfect! And YUMMY!

  35. 35

    These look yummy! You have been baking a lot lately!

  36. 36

    These look yummy! You have been baking a lot lately!

  37. 37
    heartnsoulcooking says:

    I love all the ingredients in this WONDERFUL!!! cupcake and BEST!!! of all the frosting.
    Geri

  38. 38
    heartnsoulcooking says:

    I love all the ingredients in this WONDERFUL!!! cupcake and BEST!!! of all the frosting.
    Geri

  39. 39
    Gina Trexler says:

    OMG I wish I had seen these earlier. I bet those are delicious! Might have to bake those once the pumpkin pie disappears!

  40. 40
    Gina Trexler says:

    OMG I wish I had seen these earlier. I bet those are delicious! Might have to bake those once the pumpkin pie disappears!

  41. 41

    Oh wow!! These sounds PERFECT! I want to try a bite right now. Thank you! I'm trying these asap.

  42. 42

    Oh wow!! These sounds PERFECT! I want to try a bite right now. Thank you! I'm trying these asap.

  43. 43
    Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas says:

    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. 44
    Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas says:

    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. 45

    These look soooo yummy! I just stocked up on my pumpkin supplies yesterday. Can’t wait to try these. :)

  46. 47

    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. 48

    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. 49

    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. 50

    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. 51

    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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