Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

by Beat Bake Eat

Can cake mix be used for muffins? Yes, it can. This recipe in particular is cake mix muffins with canned pumpkin. It’s an easy shortcut recipe and a great way to improve cake mix!

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy pumpkin muffin recipe made with cake mix and chocolate chips. This one-bowl recipe makes for a delicious and homemade fall breakfast or snack!

Ever since October hit I have been craving nothing but pumpkin muffins for breakfast. And every year when autumn rolls around I bake so much that I always end up asking myself is there more to life than pumpkin baking recipes? And I’m always afraid to answer. But is there though?! Okay, there might be.

As you can probably tell from this baking blog I’ve got going here, I enjoy baking from scratch. It’s great, but sometimes I just don’t have the time. This is why I always keep cake mix on hand because there are so many ways that you can use it as a shortcut and this easy recipe is a great example.

It’s just a really easy cake mix muffin recipe to have in your back pocket, especially when fall rolls around. It’s an awesome way to improve cake mix. Who would’ve ever thought that you could make chocolate chip pumpkin muffins with cake mix?

By the way, this recipe fits in so well with the “theme” of this baking blog. It’s all about baking for beginners. Nothing complicated over here!

And in this post I’m going to show you how to make pumpkin muffins the easy way!

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy pumpkin muffin recipe made with cake mix and chocolate chips. This one-bowl recipe makes for a delicious and homemade fall breakfast or snack!

Mixing pumpkin and cake mix together has been a thing for a while now. I swear I’m always late to these trends, but better late than never!

I know that there are a lot of similar recipes out there but these cake mix pumpkin muffins are made with eggs so they have structure and great texture. Trust me, it makes a huge difference.

The base recipe for this recipe is actually very popular. It’s usually called “2 ingredient pumpkin muffins” or “the easiest pumpkin muffin recipe”. Let me tell you something, it’s a trap.

I didn’t even bother making them because from my experience (and just from looking at the pictures in these posts) I know for a fact that these so-called muffins would not be up to my standard. They literally look like balls of batter. That’s what they look like. They look raw even after they’ve been baked. Not a crumb in sight.

And there’s another recipe; “3 ingredient pumpkin muffins”. This one calls for water. They try to sell you on the fact that the water is free so it’s technically not an ingredient but I wasn’t feeling that one either. You ain’t foolin’ me!

Unlike that 2 ingredient recipe (and the 3 ingredient one), this recipe is not too good to be true.

I think that this is the best cake mix pumpkin muffin recipe because it’s got more flavor for one thing, it yields muffins that actually looks like muffins, tastes super delicious and it’s got chocolate! Need i say more?

How to make Pumpkin Muffins with Cake Mix

If you’re wondering how to make cake mix muffins it’s quite easy. It doesn’t require much effort to convert cake mix to muffins. They’re made without baking soda, baking powder, milk and butter, and all you need is one bowl and 10 minutes to mix it all together. Let me walk you through how to make this easy pumpkin muffin recipe.

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prep the baking pan and set aside.
  2. Mix together the brown sugar and all of the wet ingredients.
  3. Stir in the cake mix and fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop the batter into the muffin pan and bake.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes and enjoy.

From cake mix to muffins just like that! I love that I didn’t have to bust out my big old bag of flour for this recipe.

I used the Betty Crocker spice cake mix but you can also use Duncan Hines or Pillsbury.

I love how easy and adaptable this recipe is. Another great (yet obvious) thing about this recipe is that you don’t need to add any spices because they’re already in the cake mix itself.

Gosh, cake mix hacks are such Lifesavers. Never underestimate the power of a box cake mix!

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy pumpkin muffin recipe made with cake mix and chocolate chips. This one-bowl recipe makes for a delicious and homemade fall breakfast or snack!

Pumpkin Muffins with Canned Pumpkin

For this recipe you will need canned pumpkin puree, not the pie filling.

By the way, this has got to be one of the most efficient ways to use pumpkin puree because this recipe uses a whole can.

If you’ve got a can that holds a little bit more than 16 ounces just measure out 2 cups of pumpkin. It’s going to seem like a lot because it is but it will all work out in the end. I promise.

You can also use a 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree as well. It works just the same. So if you’re looking for a pumpkin muffin recipe that uses a whole can of pumpkin, this is it.

The pumpkin puree really stretched out the batter and took out some of the sweetness. So I had to add brown sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla extract to this recipe because these pumpkin muffins tasted a little bit bland without those two ingredients. The brown sugar really brought these muffins to life, that’s why I almost always use brown sugar in my muffin recipes. I love brown sugar muffins.

And brown sugar pumpkin muffins are the best; hands down. If you think otherwise you can argue with yourself!

Despite the fact that these muffins are made with cake mix and there’s added sugar in this recipe, they aren’t high in calories. You can find the nutrition facts at the bottom of the recipe and see exactly what I’m talking about.

You’ll notice that this recipe gives you the option of three different types of chocolate. I used semisweet chocolate but you can also use milk chocolate and white chocolate chips as well. Originally I wasn’t going to add anything to these. I was just going to leave them plain but spice cake mix pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips sounded way better. Muffins with chocolate chips will always have a special place in my heart.

Do not try to get 12 large muffins out of this batter. Believe me, I’ve tried because I love me some bakery style muffins but unfortunately it does not work out. There’s just way too much batter for that. This recipe yields a 18 muffins exactly.

These muffins turned out so fluffy and moist even without butter. You can thank the oil for that.

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy pumpkin muffin recipe made with cake mix and chocolate chips. This one-bowl recipe makes for a delicious and homemade fall breakfast or snack!

Other Options for Cake Mix Pumpkin Muffins

You actually don’t have to use spice cake mix. You can also use:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • White cake mix
  • Chocolate cake mix

Just keep in mind that these types of cake mix don’t have spice in them. So if you do want your muffins to be spiced you’ll have to add some yourself.

Also, you can omit the chocolate chips and top these muffins with:

  • Streusel
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Maple glaze
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cream cheese frosting

Or if you want to you can just leave them plain, but there’s nothing like a moist pumpkin muffin with chocolate chips!

How to store Pumpkin Muffins

You can store pumpkin muffins by placing them in an airtight container, covering them with plastic wrap or foil, or you can store them in a food-safe resealable bag. They should keep for 2-3 days.

Note that the muffins will most likely accumulate moisture (mine sure did). If you’d like to avoid this, line the bottom of your airtight container with paper towel before placing the muffins inside.

This is a great recipe for when you want pumpkin muffins to freeze because it’s so easy to make and quick too. Just make sure that the muffins are cooled completely before you wrap and freeze them. To freeze, wrap tightly in foil or place the muffins in a large freezer bag or zippy bag. Usually muffins keep for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy pumpkin muffin recipe made with cake mix and chocolate chips. This one-bowl recipe makes for a delicious and homemade fall breakfast or snack!

This is a great baking recipe for kids. Baking with kids can be so stressful but with recipes like these it can actually be really fun. And no one has to pull their hair out because it’s so simple. This is a kid-friendly recipe.

And you already know if it’s an easy baking recipe for kids then it’s an easy baking recipe for beginners too.

See, this is why I love baking with cake mix because there are so many things you can do with it; more than just making a cake or cupcakes.

And although I’m an experienced Baker, I love these kinds of easy baking recipes with few ingredients because sometimes I just feel lazy and I don’t feel like making something that requires a lot of effort.

If you really love baking with cake mix just as much as I do, there are few more cake mix recipes here on Beat bake eat. You should check them out! Baking at home does not have to be complicated.

I’m going to see if I can come up with some more easy spice cake mix recipe ideas.

Can you believe that a few years ago i didn’t even know that baking with pumpkin is a thing? I grew up in the Caribbean so that was really odd to me. But now, it’s what i look forward to every autumn. Staying at home, baking up a storm, and making the house smell amazing.

I usually bake muffins but i played around a little bit this year and made this vegan pumpkin bread. It turned out so amazing! Still can’t believe that it’s vegan. It may not be a spice cake muffin recipe but it’s just as easy. No, for real. It is.

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy pumpkin muffin recipe made with cake mix and chocolate chips. This one-bowl recipe makes for a delicious and homemade fall breakfast or snack!

You won’t find another pumpkin muffin recipe with few ingredients that actually tastes this good. It may not be from scratch but it’s still homemade! And I don’t know who can resist a good pumpkin breakfast recipe especially when it’s made with brown sugar.

The next time it’s a busy morning and you’re short on time, just make some easy cake mix breakfast muffins.

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Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - Easy pumpkin muffin recipe made with cake mix and chocolate chips. This one-bowl recipe makes for a delicious and homemade fall breakfast or snack!

Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

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These are the easiest pumpkin muffins you'll ever make! This one-bowl recipe starts with cake mix and only requires a few extra ingredients. Perfect for a quick and delicious homemade fall breakfast or snack!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 muffins
Calories 220 kcal


  • 2 cups (1 16-ounce can) pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (432 g/15 ounce) box spice cake mix
  • 3/4 cup semisweet, milk, or white chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin pan with muffins liners (or spray with nonstick cooking spray) and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the pumpkin puree and brown sugar (mixture should be completely smooth).
  • Slowly mix in the oil and vanilla extract, and then carefully incorporate the eggs.
  • Add the cake mix and gently stir until combined. DO NOT over mix. 
  • Fold in the chocolate chips. Optional: sprinkle the tops with more chocolate chips.
  • Scoop batter into the muffin pan filling the cups to the top.
  • Bake for 20 – 22 minutes.*Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.


  • A 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree can also be used (it’s only 2 tablespoons less than a 16-ounce can).
  • If you only have a 12-cup muffin pan, bake 12 muffins then bake the additional 6 muffins with the remaining batter immediately after.

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Michael November 1, 2018 - 10:59 am

I don’t use many cake mixes and I had one in the pantry that was getting old so I used it to make these muffins, with a few modifications. I added 1/3 cup of sour cream because I was a little short on the pumpkin. I also mixed some cream cheese with a little powdered sugar and scooped a ball of that into the middle of each muffin. I was a little apprehensive about adding the brown sugar because I knew they would be very sweet from the cake mix already, but I wanted a little of that brown sugar flavor. They were indeed very sweet, if I make these again I might skip the brown sugar and add some molasses instead for more flavor. Very delicious! My co-workers gobbled them up. It’s funny that you mention the “2-ingredient” muffins because I tried them years ago and they were so awful that I can distinctly remember the gross hockey-puck texture to this day.

Crystal November 1, 2018 - 11:23 am

I never thought about adding sour cream. That sounds really good! Especially with the cream cheese filling in the middle.

And yes, you were right to be hesitant about adding the brown sugar because the muffins would be too sweet with it along with the filling. But in the future, if you do plan on having them plain or with the chocolate chips, do add the brown sugar. It makes a big difference.

As for the 2 ingredient muffins, that is so funny and really sad. I’m so glad I didn’t make them ?.

Thanks so much for leaving a comment Michael! ?

Todd September 3, 2022 - 12:57 pm

These are absolutely amazing! They are now my go to pumpkin muffin. I added pecans as well to batter and on top with the chips. So delicious!!!!!!

Beat Bake Eat September 27, 2023 - 7:46 pm

Thank you!

Lisa February 7, 2020 - 7:21 pm

I am a bad cook and a so-so baker, but these came out perfect! I added raisins, very tasty. Next time I will add chopped walnuts and raisins. I also used carrot cake cake mix, my supermarket no longer carries spice cake mix, a travesty!

Crystal February 7, 2020 - 8:54 pm

I imagine that would be really tasty. Raisins are a wonderful addition. Oh no! Pumpkin and carrot is a great combo though. So glad you enjoyed them!

Deryacenter March 6, 2020 - 7:43 pm

Great Recipe! Cost me $3 and tax for 24 muffins. I used the spice cake mix and it turned out great. Thanks for sharing. Delicious. Followed the recipe except for the addition of chopped pecans. These are definitely worth trying.

Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 6, 2020 - 9:50 pm

I’m glad you like them! Thanks for leaving a review.

Rebecca October 2, 2020 - 6:45 am

I used a gluten free cake mix out of necessity, and these muffins turned out great! My husband and grandchildren ate the muffins too and they were gone in one day! So easy – thank you!

Crystal | Beat Bake Eat October 2, 2020 - 11:31 am

Yay! So happy they were a hit! Thanks so much for leaving a review, Rebecca.

Alicia September 1, 2023 - 6:42 pm

Yummy! Glad I made these. They remind me of pumpkin muffins sold by Hello Fresh in the grocery section of the order (in the Fall). They’re so good!

Crystal | Beat Bake Eat September 27, 2023 - 5:38 pm

Oh! I’ve never had those before. Glad you liked the recipe, Alicia. 🙂

terrie December 16, 2023 - 12:05 pm

I have baked these many times. They are a favorite of my elderly parents. The grand kids like them too. And me too! Very easy recipe to put together. I use a yellow cake mix and add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves to that. Also even though the yellow cake mix box is 13.24, it works well. Thanks for sharing!

Beat Bake Eat December 16, 2023 - 3:25 pm

That’s really great to know because I know the size of the cake mix boxes decreased recently. Thanks so much for the feedback!

Sheryl Granade March 23, 2024 - 10:06 pm

I made these muffins for the first time the only thing different that I did was I put raw sugar on top before I baked them to give them that little crunchy topping these are unbelievable but I only got 16 muffins but they are wonderful. Thank you for the recipe. This is going to be my go to from now on, I think next time I’ll not only add the chocolate chips but some walnuts