Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes Recipe
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Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes Recipe

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A delicious crumb filling becomes the center of attention inside these yummy confections that taste like pumpkin bread. —Donna Gish, Blue Springs, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 204 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs and pumpkin. Beat on low speed just until moistened. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Fill paper-lined muffin cups one-fourth full with batter. Drop streusel by heaping teaspoonfuls into center of each cupcake. Cover with remaining batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p41

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mrsh318 User ID: 3583996 150970
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"These were okay. Brought them to school and my students liked them. I did frost them and put an m ' m candy on top. However the streusel didn't cook up real well at first and I had to put them back in the oven to get it to cook. Probably wouldn't make it again."

Flagiello User ID: 3481325 136472
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"Have not tried yet but I will. After reading the reviews can someone explain what pasta has to do with this recipe?"

vieux User ID: 4712790 124438
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"Cast iron king. I wonder why it didn't taste like pumpkin bread. Maybe cause you didn't use pumplin? It tasted like burnt pasta because you used pasta and ovebaked it. Perhaps you should make the recipe as is before you make irrelevant comments"

Luralorraine User ID: 4897164 179933
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"Made these right before Thanksgiving and everyone loved them!"

dovsbubbie User ID: 153396 192775
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"12 for dinner and after there were none left. will for sure make these again. left off the frosting and served as muffins"

cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 195833
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011


I totally agree with herewegoagain!  I made these with leftover macaroni instead of pumpkin and cooked them about twenty minutes longer than called for and they just tasted like burnt pasta--not like pumpkin bread at all!!!  I thought maybe the frosting would cover up the burnt taste, so I made I made it with maple syrup instead of cream cheese.  Blech!!!  The whole thing ended up tasting like blackened rye pancakes.  Not something I want to serve to my family if I want them to still love me!  I will NOT make this recipe again!!!!  It should be banned from this site!


herewegoagain User ID: 6057340 118555
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"made with apple filling insted of pumpkin and did not like at all will not make again and the cupcakes did not come out of the pan good came apart"

meicher87 User ID: 6286147 134148
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"The streusel seems a little to moist and the cupcakes are stuck to the papers and fall apart. these were really fussy for something that tastes exactly like pumpkin bread. I won't make them again."

meicher87 User ID: 6286147 124432
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"These taste great, but it was really fussy for something that tastes just like pumpkin bread. I don't think I will make them again."

wgrey888 User ID: 5490459 124431
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"Are streusel ingredients correct.Seems to need flour."

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