Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


1 box yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients called for in the package directions)

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice

    15 oz can pumpkin puree

2 8 oz pkg cream cheese, at room temperature

2 c confectioners’ sugar

24 pieces candy corn


Heat oven to 350° degrees.

Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. 

Prepare the cake mix as directed but with the following change: Add the pumpkin pie spice and substitute the whole  can of pumpkin puree for the water called for in the package directions.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Spread on the cupcakes and top each with a piece of candy corn.

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