Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins and Etc.


Who knew that this post would be such a hit? It seems many of you loved the idea of the two-ingredient pumpkin muffins. 


It's such a quick, easy make that I decided to whip up another batch, this time using Duncan Hines devil's food cake mix. And again, I wasn't disappointed. In half an hour from start to finish, I had delicious, moist muffins. Here are my notes on using chocolate cake mix:


I added about 1/4 c. of milk to thin the batter just a little.

No pumpkin flavor detected this time. Just tastes like a delicious, chocolate treat!

Chocolate chips, nuts or dollop of peanut butter in each cup would make excellent additions.

As before, mix your 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree with one box cake mix (ignore any ingredients the cake mix calls for) with an electric mixer until you have a well-blended batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes (may vary with different cake mixes)






Many of you shared your own experience with this recipe. Thanks so much! I loved reading all of your tips and suggestions. If you're considering making these be sure to go through the comments on my original post  to see what worked and what didn't work for others. 

Here's some of the ones that I found particularly interesting:

Lots of you experimented with different cake mixes, and extra ingredients... 









Gluten Free? Cindy may have the answer to make this recipe work for you and your loved ones...



Heather from Pinfluence blogged about her results with 3 different cake mixes. Read about her experience here




And doesn't cream cheese frosting make everything better? 

1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
1 stick of softened unsalted butter
2 cups of powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients until well combined. Have a taste and add more sugar if you like!





Don't feel too guilty about indulging. According to Weight Watchers, each muffin is less than 100 calories! 

And as always, I'd love to hear any of your other tips or experiences with this recipe as well (: 

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29 comments:

nic + alli said...

Can I eat the pictures? They look delish! I bet I could make these Gluten Free by using a GF cake mix...Yum!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

mmmmh good call with the cream cheese icing.

If only i didn't live in a dorm room! I'll have to try these when I'm moved back home :)

♥ Elena said...

I've been meaning to try to make these for the past month. I think this weekend I'll try to make them. They look yummy.

Erin said...

These look soooo good! I may try to make them for our pumpkin carving party this weekend. :-)

Pinfluence said...

Thanks so much for linking to my post! :)

I LOVE that you tried these with chocolate! Y-U-M YUM! :) Those are for sure next on my list!

YAY for {healthier} muffins! :)

Lyndi said...

I saw this and had to make them! They taste so good!!!

AaReAn said...

OH my these look fantastically delicious! I have got to make these this weekend! Thanks so much!

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Debby@Just Breathe said...

Saw this link on Pinterest. When I finally got around to making them I only had a spice cake mix and they were awesome. I frosted them with homemade cream cheese frosting which made them awesome. Today I am going to actually use the yellow cake mix but I am going to put a piece of cream cheese in the middle from another recipe I saw. I love how simple this is!

One in the World said...

Last batch is in the oven now! I added mini chocolate chips per my husband's suggestion. Yummy!

Kimi said...

I used chocolate and pumpkin and spoon balled them into cookies instead of adding milk and spooning into muffin tins. My two year old loved how much she was able to help and watched the cookies bake in the oven. So fun and so very yummy. Thanks for sharing!

zinkemom said...

We make these using spice cake mix, pumpkin, and 1/2 bag of cinnamon baking chips. (I used Hershey's found in the baking aisle next to chocolate chips) Yummy!

HowDoYouCook.com said...

These look AMAZING! I can't wait to experiment with this idea. Thanks for the recipe.

LilOleMe said...

Has anyone tried banana cake and mashed bannana with nuts? What about applesauce instead of pumpkin with other mixes?

Nitrous said...

We topped our cupcakes with the new cinnamon cool whip...YUMMO!

Susan Tidwell said...

Just found this recipe, will definitely try. Clicked on your Weight Watchers link - they say it makes 24 muffins(?). Does all of this mixed together fit into 12 muffin cups? Looking forward to trying it, thanks!

Stacey Hutto said...

If you love pumkin like i do use the big 29 oz can and it is a pumkin-holics dream. Love it with spice cake

aMUSEingComedy said...

I just made mini muffins using Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix and I added a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and a little cinnamon. I got 28 overfull mini muffins and they're about 60 cal/1g fat each. Very tasty and moist too.

Sabrina said...

I'm on Weight Watchers and I just ran it through the points calculator. On the new Points Plus plan each muffin in 3 points. That's fantastic!

Carla Helene' from Caheez said...

I saw this on Pinterest and I must say, WHAT AN IDEA!! I wonder if you could make these with muffin mix instead of cake mix. I'd like them to be good and healthy for breakfast instead of so caky like cupcakes. Anybody try?

Kelsey said...

Made these for breakfast this morning but I used a white cake mix....added vanilla, cinnamon, and a small scoop of nutella! These were sooo yummy! Probably altered the calorie content but way worth it!

Caroline said...

i added chopped walnuts to some and topped them with walnuts. Others I put cream cheese frosting on the top. Delicous!

Schweeniemama said...

I made the chocolate ones and added the pumkin pie spices to the batter (1tsp cinnamon, 1/4tsp ginger, 1/4tsp nutmeg, 1/4tsp groiund cloves). I topped them with the cream cheese frosting but added a melted square of baking chocolate! They were so rich, moist and chocolatey and the spices made them a little interesting tasting than just plain chocolate!!

Peggy said...

I make these with a spice cake mix, add about a tsp of pumpkin pie spice and to really take it over the top, mix in white chocolate chips.
My family went bonkers over these last year and I probably ended up making about 4 different batches just between October through November, lol!

NicoleS said...

Sounds crazy, but I wanted something quick and somewhat healthy for those crazy school day mornings. So... I used a SF spice cake mix and added crushed up bran flakes, raisins & dried cranberries. They were amazing!!

Shelly Hendler said...

I was wondering about using canned pie filling in place of pumpkin. Like Burberry?
Thanks

Shelly Hendler said...

I was wondering about using canned pie filling in place of pumpkin. Like Burberry?
Thanks

CaterCarol said...

I made these tonight and they were wonderful. I made the Chocolate ones and, to the second batch, I added banana and peanut butter for protein.

Marlene Detierro said...

OMG, i want a coupe of these right now. they look amazing.

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Marlene Mirabella said...

This looks great. Can you tell me how long to cook mini muffin size and jumbo size?

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