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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

These are the BEST 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins you will ever make! They're loaded with pumpkin puree and warming spice and come out perfectly soft, moist, and delicious.

2 pumpkin spice muffins stacked on top of each other

Pumpkin spice muffins

This easy Pumpkin Spice Muffin recipe is a MUST to keep on hand for all your muffin baking and dessert emergencies:

Your kid tells you at 9 pm she needs to bring muffins to school tomorrow? Make these easy pumpkin muffins in 25 minutes.

A friend is feeling down? Surprise her with a batch of perfect, soft, pumpkin spice muffins. She doesn't have to know these took you absolutely no effort at all!

Teacher appreciation week? Pumpkin muffins. And maybe throw in a gift card.

Admin appreciation day? Muffins. And maybe a gift basket.

Craving something pumpkin spiced and sweet? You know it - muffins. (And also try my 30-second pumpkin spice whipped coffee!)

These basic pumpkin muffins are so wonderfully soft, delicious, and have the perfect texture. And of course, they're crazy easy to make.

For full disclosure, if you consider water an ingredient then these are technically 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins. But I don't really consider water an ingredient since we don't have to shop for water. 

overhead image of pumpkin muffin

Related recipe: Easy Peach Bread

Ingredients for these easy pumpkin muffins

This recipe is SUPER easy, you'll memorize it after making it just once. Just remember the number "one:"

  • One 15-oz box of spice cake mix (any brand!)
  • One 15 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • One cup water

That's it!!

I've tried a few recipes out there that do NOT include water, and I didn't like them as much because the batter is so thick and the texture of the muffins does not come out as nice. These come out wonderfully moist every time. (Sorry if you hate that word! This is the last time I'm using it, I promise!)

showing the texture of the inside of a pumpkin spice muffin made from 2 ingredients

Don't have spice cake mix but have yellow or white cake?? Then just add 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice to the mix (or simply cinnamon, if that's what you have on hand).

Want to spice things up even more? Add pumpkin spice or cinnamon even if you're starting with spice cake mix.

Related recipe: Pumpkin Spice Waffles

One bowl pumpkin muffins

These muffins are made in one bowl. No fiddling around with wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately.

Simply mix all the ingredients together and spoon into a muffin tray lined with paper muffin liners.

collage pf photos for how to make pumpkin muffins from cake mix

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Yes, these muffins do take a little longer to bake than other muffins - this is because of the water added to the batter. But those couple of extra minutes in the oven are SO WORTH IT to have the perfect texture muffins.

Looking for more treats with boxed cake mix? Make these Grinch Christmas Truffles. Make sure to save this recipe for the holidays!!

Other add-ins to try

I think these basic pumpkin muffins are perfect as they are, but if you want to, you can try adding any of the following to the muffins:

However you try these muffins, I hope you love them as much as I do!! 

Try this other crazy-easy almost-feels-like-cheating dessert recipe: Donuts from Canned Biscuits

Notes and tips for making and storing muffins

→ This recipe makes 12 large muffins or up to 24 smaller muffins as shown (or about 48 mini muffins). Enjoy these muffins with a homemade pumpkin spice latte using my pumpkin spice coffee creamer!

→ These muffins freeze beautifully and make a great treat for later! Just freeze them separately on a plate or tray so they don't freeze together, and then combine them in a large freezer bag or freezer container. To thaw, place in the fridge the night before, or thaw in the microwave, about 10 seconds at a time, until thawed.

→ While these muffins from cake mix are not healthy muffins per se, they are actually NOT as unhealthy as cake! A box of cake mix has 10 servings and is typically prepared with eggs and oil, adding a ton of calories. Since this recipe makes ~12-24 muffins, there are actually a lot LESS calories in one muffin than a slice of cake prepared from a box mix. And as a bonus, you're adding almost 2 cups of pumpkin puree, which is loaded with vitamins, fiber, and is very low in calories and pretty low in naturally occurring sugar. So YES, making muffins from cake mix is a GREAT IDEA! I would say that's a win!!

If you end up making these muffins, please take a picture and tag @babaganoshblog on Facebook or Instagram! I LOVE seeing your creations!

Other easy muffins and breakfast treats you will love:

And by the way, try this amazing pumpkin whipped cottage cheese! It's a healthy, high-protein, gluten-free, refined sugar-free snack and dessert!

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

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2 pumpkin spice muffins stacked on top of each other
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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

The BEST 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins! They're loaded with pumpkin puree and warming spice and come out perfectly soft, moist, and delicious.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Kate
Cost: $4


  • 1 15-oz box spice cake mix
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup water

Special equipment


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin liners.
  • Mix the spice cake mix, water and pumpkin in a large bowl until well combined. (See notes for additional add-ins to try!)
    spooning pumpkin muffin batter into the muffin tray
  • Fill each muffin liner about ¾ of the way. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
    tray of pumpkin muffins from spice cake mix


Optional add-ins for pumpkin muffins:


Calories: 167kcal (8%) | Carbohydrates: 29g (10%) | Protein: 2g (4%) | Fat: 5g (8%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (5%) | Sodium: 236mg (10%) | Potassium: 194mg (6%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 18g (20%) | Vitamin A: 5515IU (110%) | Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) | Calcium: 43mg (4%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.

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