Chocolate-Pumpkin Cupcakes


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 cupcakes


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • cup cocoa powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • cup boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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 (per serving)

157 Calories
6g Fat
26g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 83mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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