Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes

What would fall be without pumpkin? Plus, chocolate is always in season. So, I combined these two “can’t lose” flavors using just 3 ingredients (and one of those is water). The results were moist, satisfying mini-cupcakes. I brought them to the office and they were gobbled up with rave reviews.

The simplicity comes from using chocolate cake mix and pumpkin pie mix. What’s awesome about this recipe is the Protein Quotient Chocolate Cake used has 15 grams of protein in each packet. Plus, the cake itself is sugar free. I admit there is sugar in the pumpkin pie part but that’s mostly because I’m a lazy baker and only wanted to use two ingredients. You can easily make this recipe completely sugar free using the notes after the instructions.

As if that’s not enough, these were so good by themselves, they didn’t even need frosting! If you wanted to decorate them, you could opt for some healthier options; sprinkle some cinnamon or maybe shave a little pumpkin skin on top. And for a salty contrast, roast pumpkin seeds and set one or two on each cupcake.  But really, presentation could be as easy as laying some clean leaves on a nice plate and setting the pumpkins on top.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Cupcakes
Although great year-round, these are especially fun in the fall as we turn to all-things pumpkin.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11-15 minutes
Servings
mini cupcakes
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11-15 minutes
Servings
mini cupcakes
Ingredients
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Combine PQ Chocolate cake mix, pumpkin pie mix, and water.
  2. Line 8 mini muffin tins with cups and fill 3/4 full. If your tin has more cups than cupcakes, don't worry. The cupcakes will cook fine with empty tins and your pan will be ok too.
  3. Cook at 350 degrees for 11-15 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

This is a perfect recipe for a light dessert in a small group, but it's also so easy to multiply if you need more. Just use more packets and increase the other ingredients appropriately. You can get all the PQ Chocolate Cake you need for holiday entertaining here.

We used pumpkin pie mix for a spicy, fall feel. But if you're concerned about the added sugar, you can use pumpkin puree and add your own cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and even ginger. And if you don't like the spices, just use the pumpkin puree.

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