Pumpkin Butter Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting

by Erin

I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Spice cupcakes stuffed with homemade pumpkin butter and topped with brown sugar frosting. Don’t forget the fun sprinkles!

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I cheated a little with this recipe. Originally I planned on making the cupcakes from scratch but I found a box of spice cake mix in my pantry and decided it was fate. Besides who doesn’t love doctored up cake mix? These unsuspecting spice cupcakes are stuffed with pumpkin butter post-bake and topped with brown sugar frosting. Garnished with cup festive sprinkles from Sweets & Treats and you’d never guess it started with a boxed cake mix!

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Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Cream Cheese from My Sweet Zepol
Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Bread from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

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Pumpkin Broccoli Cheddar Soup from The Crumby Kitchen
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Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie from Palatable Pastime
Mini Pumpkin Pie Hand Pies from The Beard and The Baker
Pumpkin Butter Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting from The Spiffy Cookie
Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Ice Cream from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Honey Bun Cake from Family Around the Table
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Brownies from Big Bear’s Wife
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Three years ago: Weekly Meal Plan #31

Four years ago: No-Bake Apple Cheesecake Pie

Five years ago: Amaretto Spiced Apple Cider

Six years ago: Stuffed Red Velvet Truffles

Seven years ago: Homemade Yellow Cake Mix


Makes 2 dozen



1 (15.25 ounce) box spice cake mix (plus ingredients on box)

1 cup pumpkin butter


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

3/4 cup Dixie Crystals light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups Dixie Crystals powdered sugar

Festive sprinkles (I used Sweets & Treats)


  1. Preheat oven to temperature indicated on the box, and two 12 muffin pans with cupcake liners*.
  2. In a large bowl, mix dry cake mix and ingredients on box as directed. Divide evenly in the muffin pans and bake as directed. Allow to cool completely.
  3. While the cupcakes cool, prepare the frosting. In a medium saucepan over medium low heat bring the butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it maintains a boil, remove from heat immediately and allow to cool completely.
  4. Transfer the brown sugar mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the powdered sugar. Turn the mixer speed up to medium and continue mixing until creamy and combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Once the cupcakes are cool, using a paring knife, carve out a portion from the top of the cupcake (about 1/2-inch deep). Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the pumpkin butter into the hole. Pipe frosting on each cupcake and top with sprinkles.

* I used Sweets & Treats gold liners
Source: Cupcakes a Spiffy Cookie original, frosting from Cookies & Cups.

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