Pumpkin Spice M&M Cupcakes

by jessicaturner on September 30, 2013


With fall in the area, I have been craving pumpkin. A popular recipe making the rounds on the internet is two-ingredient pumpkin muffins/cupcakes. Basically, pick a box cake mix, add pumpkin and you have a delicious and (sort of) healthy dessert.

Well, when I saw that Target was exclusively offering Pumpkin Spice M&Ms, I had an idea. Why not combine the M&Ms with the 2-ingredient cupcakes? And then add some homemade cream cheese frosting for good measure.

This recipe is super simple and the result is divine – especially with the added frosting. The Pumpkin Spice M&Ms are a little bigger than regular M&Ms (think peanut sized M&Ms) and really are just chocolate with a hint of cinnamon spice. Not overwhelming at all. When cooked in the muffins, they add unexpected delicious pockets of fall chocolatey goodness.


1 box chocolate cake mix
1 bag of Pumpkin Spice M&Ms

1 can of pumpkin


Mix can of pumpkin with cake mix using a large spatula. The batter will be very thick. Stir until the cake mix is completely mixed into the pumpkin.

Add 3/4 cup of M&Ms to the batter and mix in.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of batter into cupcake pan. Be sure to press the batter into the cupcake pans because it doesn’t “even out” when cooking.

Cook 18-21 minutes at 350 degrees

Yield: 24 cupcakes

If you want to add frosting (highly recommended) here’s the recipe that we used:

2 sticks of butter (room temperature)

4 cups powdered sugar

1 pack of cream cheese (room temperature)

1/4 tsp vanilla

Mix together the ingredients and frost cooled cupcakes. I also crushed the leftover M&Ms and sprinkled them on top of the frosting to make the perfect fall cupcake!


I hope this inspires you to pick up some pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice M&Ms next time you are out! Happy fall!


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica (Mom Fuse) September 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Those look delicious and easy!


Bertha October 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

I must make these. I MUST!


Nirupama Kumar October 1, 2013 at 8:43 am

Thanks for sharing! I love easy recipes like this. And, you know I’m obsessed with pumpkins right now. I need food ideas for my son’s birthday party- we are doing Halloween DRESS Rehearsal theme!


jessicaturner October 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

What a fun idea!


Julie October 1, 2013 at 11:27 am

what size can of pumpkin?


debbie October 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

We all love our sweet touch after dinner..Looks yummy


Colleen October 26, 2013 at 7:43 am
Sarah October 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm

So easy and so clever! I’m a five year old at heart so I love the m&m/pumpkin combo. Thanks for sharing!


Miz Helen October 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

Your Pumpkin Spice M&M Cupcakes look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful day.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen


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