5 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Topping

Surely I am not the only one who has seen the “2 ingredient” sweets that are making their rounds on Pinterest?    I have quite a few pinned to my sweet stuff board and I decided to give one a try!  And I made my favorite 3 ingredient cupcake topping in lieu of traditional buttercream!  You read that right … only 5 ingredients for the cupcakes and topping!

5 ingredient pumpkin spice cupcakes & topping 

2 ingredient pumpkin spice cupcakes

For the cupcakes, mix together 1 spice cake mix (just the dry mix – nothing else) and one 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling).  That’s it!  The batter is thick and does not rise much while baking.  You can try to smooth out the batter as much as possible after spooning it in, but don’t worry too much about what they look like since we are going to pipe on topping.  Bake at the recommended temperature as per the directions on the box.  The cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

These cupcakes are moist and dense – not a regular light and fluffy cupcake – don’t say I didn’t warn you ;)  The consistency is more like a pumpkin loaf, which I love … and I am sold on the two ingredient thing!!

3 ingredient pumpkin spice cupcake topping

Using your hand mixer, mix together 1 small box of pumpkin spice instant pudding and 1 cup cold milk (I used skim).  On the lowest speed of your mixer, mix in one small tub of Cool Whip – you can use lite or sugar free – just until incorporated!  Pipe onto cupcakes and serve.  Or, keep frosted cupcakes refrigerated until 30 minutes prior to serving.

These cupcakes are like a double whammy of pumpkin spice flavor … perfect for Fall!


And in my google research of calorie content, since this recipe made 20 cupcakes, each cupcake with topping only had about 161 calories! Not bad at all!!  These could be the perfect guilt free way to treat yourself with dessert!!

One cupcake is NEVER enough … so here are a few more of my favorite cupcakes!


  1. Thank you – 5 ingredients, eh? Sounds good to me! I’m Pinning this and printing it too as in our house, hubby is the baker and he could sooo do this one for us!

  2. Great recipe for last minute cupcakes!


  3. 5 ingredients? wow, that’s awesome! and these look yummy too!

  4. Wowwwww These look FANTASTIC !!

  5. These cupcakes look so pretty and I bet taste delish!

  6. Mmmm, yes please!

  7. these look delicious…thanks for sharing!

  8. Hi Keri, these look fabulous, especially with the topping! Perfect for fall, thank you for sharing.

    Have a good day, Nancy

  9. These look delicious! For only 161 calories, I’m definitely trying out this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    Ellora @ Creatively Southern

  10. Yum! They look delicious!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  11. Yum! Easy and delicious! My favorite combination. Will have to try them–thanks!

    HH at HarvardHomemaker.com (my brand new blog) :)

  12. Now I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for this recipe, I definitely pinned it. If you would like to visit us, at hoopsbyhand.com we would love it. Great job!

  13. Yummy! I can’t wait to try these. I love pumpkin…Thanks!

  14. These looks delish and I love easy things that don’t take 15 ingredients!

  15. I make the same base and add 1 cup of chocolate chips and serve as a muffin. I love the idea of the frosting. :) Pinning so I remember next time I pull out the pumpkin and spice cake mix.

  16. oh yummy, we don’t have pumpkin spice pudding mix, that is something I would love to try.

  17. Now this is exactly what I think of when I think of fall baking! Pumpkin spice, caramel color and full of goodness! Great seasonal cupcake!

  18. These look beautiful and delicious!

  19. Thanks for linking up for the Fall Food challenge over at The CSI Project. I am featuring you in the CSI Chic Chronicles today!

  20. These cupcakes look so YUMMY! I found you over at The Frugal Girls! I host a link party that starts on Saturday, Heavenly Treats Link Party! I would love if you would start linking up your wonderful treats! http://pamelasheavenlytreats.blogspot.com

  21. Love the double pumpkin kick! Thanks for sharing.

  22. These sound delicious – love that frosting!

  23. Yum! This looks so good. Please come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest! Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-5.html

  24. Featured on http://www.pinspiredrecipes.blogspot.com today!!! YUM!

  25. So delicious!
    I would love to have you join my new link party Wednesday Extravaganza! Come by and share this or other recipes. Here is the link

    Can’t wait to see you there!

  26. Featuring YOU today! Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com


  27. I can not find the pumplin spice instant pudding mix.So I am going to try the cookies made with vanilla instant pudding mix and add pumpkin pie spice. Hope it works<<<

  28. I made these last night, and all I can say is I am in heaven. I added walnuts to a little at the end, and then I put a walnut on top of the piped frosting. I could eat the entire batch by myself!!! Thank you for sharing.


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