As I was craving a seasonal treat to use some leftover canned pumpkin, I created this modification of a widely available chocolate cake recipe. These delights are moist and delicious! You may frost with your favorite buttercream or cream cheese frosting and decorate, or leave plain. These babies are so moist, they don't demand frosting.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
20 mins
10 mins
45 mins
24 cupcakes


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.

  • Combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix briefly until combined. Add pumpkin, milk, canola oil, and vanilla extract; mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add water and mix until just blended.

  • Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each almost all the way to the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in trays for about 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

Use festive, Halloween-themed paper liners if you'd like.

Nutrition Facts

157 calories; protein 2.1g; carbohydrates 25.7g; fat 5.6g; cholesterol 16.3mg; sodium 241.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Excellent cupcake recipe! I made exactly as written-adding the boiling water even though I thought the batter was loose enough. This cupcake is EXTREMELY MOIST. It does not have any pumpkin flavor, however. So if you are looking for pumpkin- this is not it. It’s plenty sweet and doesn’t need frosting, in my opinion. thanks for the recipe. Read More