pumpkin muffin with icing on a wire rack
Our Pumpkin Spice Muffins are moist and delicious and topped off with the perfect crumb topping and drizzled with homemade icing.
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Table of Contents
  1. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Muffins
  2. Ingredients
  3. Substitutions and Additions
  4. How to Make Pumpkin Spice Muffins
  5. How to Store
  6. More Pumpkin Recipes
  7. Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Our easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins are moist and flavorful and are topped off with the perfect crumb topping and drizzled with homemade 2-ingredient icing. Start out with a box of cake mix and add in some delicious pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon and you have your new favorite Fall dessert!

Pumpkin Muffins with icing

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Muffins

We all know the first sign of fall, right? I’m not talking about the leaves changing color, or the weather getting cooler. I am obviously talking about pumpkin spice everything finally being back on the menu! These Pumpkin Spice Muffins are definitely one you are going to want to add to your list of must-try pumpkin recipes.

These delicious pumpkin muffins are no joke. The muffins themselves are so easy, using a box cake mix as the base, and they are super moist thanks to the addition of canned pumpkin puree.

Next, comes the crumb topping. This homemade crumb topping is simple, and it finishes off the muffins just the right way. Last, you’ll make a homemade icing, using just two ingredients, and it’s the perfect sweet and creamy finishing touch to these already perfect muffins.

pumpkin muffins in a muffin tin

Ingredients

For the Muffins:

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

For the Crumb Topping:

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (spoon and leveled)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup packed light dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp whole milk

Substitutions and Additions

Cake Mix: You could opt to use a yellow or white cake mix in place of the spice cake mix. This will tone down that pumpkin spice flavor just a bit if you want it to be more subtle. You could also make a homemade cake mix to use instead of a box mix.

Icing: If you prefer, you can use a store bought icing in place of making your own. You could also leave the icing off some of the muffins altogether for those who don’t like frosting.

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Muffins

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vegetable oil, and pumpkin puree. Stir together with a large spoon.
  3. Place paper cups in a muffin tin pan and fill them about ¾ of the way with batter. Set aside.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, light brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and melted butter. Stir to combine.
  5. Spoon a generous amount of streusel crumb topping over the top of the muffins. Using the back of your spoon, push the streusel down into the pumpkin cake mix a bit.pumpkin muffin batter in a muffin tin
  6. Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes.
  7. In a separate bowl, add powdered sugar and milk. Whisk them together to combine.
  8. Remove muffins from the oven and allow them to cool. Drizzle the icing on the top and serve warm or at room temperature.muffins in muffin tin with streusel topping

How to Store

A common question when it comes to these muffins is, do I need to refrigerate them? It may seem that they need to be refrigerated because of the ingredients list, but actually your muffins will keep better and remain more moist if they are stored at room temperature. Storing them in the fridge will change their texture and dry them out faster!

I store my pumpkin spice muffins in an airtight container and simply leave them on the counter. This keeps them nice and moist. They can keep this way for up to four days. Another trick I like to use is to leave the icing off the muffins, and drizzle them with it right before eating one!

pumpkin muffins stacked and one cut open

More Pumpkin Recipes

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbuck Copycat Recipe) | No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Recipe | How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Cake | Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes | Pumpkin Dump Cake | Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix {Chex Mix} | Pumpkin Scones (Starbucks Copycat Recipe!) | Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies

5 from 6 votes
pumpkin muffin with icing on a wire rack

Pumpkin Muffins

Serves — 14
Our Pumpkin Spice Muffins are moist and delicious and topped off with the perfect crumb topping and drizzled with homemade icing.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients
  

Muffins:

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Crumb Topping:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour spoon & leveled
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • cup dark brown sugar packed light
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Icing:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp whole milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine dry cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vegetable oil, and pumpkin puree. Stir together with a large spoon.
  • Place paper cups in a muffin tin pan and fill about 3/4 of the way with batter. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, light brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and melted butter. Stir to combine.
  • Spoon a generous amount of streusel crumb topping over the top of the muffins. Using the back of your spoon push the streusel down into the pumpkin cake mix a bit.
  • Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl add powdered sugar and milk. Whisk to combine.
  • Remove muffins from the oven and allow to cool. Drizzle icing on the top and serve warm, or room temperature.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

You are going to love pumpkin spice muffins. They are full of spicy pumpkin flavors, moist, and so easy to make. Topped off with the perfect homemade crumb topping and sweet icing, makes every bite of these muffins so delicious.

Original Publish date: September 6, 2020

Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Do you have to use whole milk for the icing? Also, can you make this into a loaf cake instead of muffins? Anything different?