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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins

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These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins are a super go-to recipe you can bake and have ready for your hungry kids as they head out the door! I love having Easy Pumpkin Recipes like this to make and have ready!

Getting the kids to the breakfast table is a real challenge for busy moms, especially if they’re too slow to get up in the morning. So it’s a huge help to have simple breakfast ideas like this one that you can make quickly when you’re short on time!

They’re one of my favorite recipes using spice cake mix, so they take almost no time to prep!

If you’re a fan of cooking with cake mix, these tips on How to Make Funfetti Cake Mix Taste Better are great!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins

Using a cake mix means that you get to cut down on some of the ingredients and focus on the outcome! My boys love hopping in and helping make these muffins because they can’t wait to eat them!

If you want a simple breakfast or fun snack to have ready for the kids, you can’t go wrong with these pumpkin muffins.

They’re fluffy, delicious, and great for chocolate lovers and pumpkin fans! They might be the perfect fall treat!

Is there a difference between cake mix and muffin mix?

Regarding baking, both cake mix and muffin mix can be found in the grocery store aisles. But is there a difference between the two? The answer is yes!

The main difference lies in the ratio of ingredients. Cake mix contains more sugar and fat, making for a denser, sweeter dessert.

Muffin mix, on the other hand, has less sugar and fat, resulting in a lighter, more breakfast-like treat. Additionally, muffin mixes may include ingredients such as oats or bran for added fiber and nutrition.

So next time you’re in the mood to bake, think about the type of treat you want and choose your mix accordingly!

How can I make my muffins more moist?

Nothing screams “dry and boring” like a muffin lacking moisture. Fortunately, you can take a few simple steps to ensure that your baked goods come out perfectly moist and delicious every time.

First, add some sour cream or yogurt to your recipe. These dairy products help to keep your muffins moist and tender by adding a creamy, slightly acidic flavor.

You can also experiment with different types of liquid, such as apple cider, buttermilk, or orange juice, to add a bit more moisture to your batter.

Finally, slightly reducing the flour will help create a lighter, fluffier texture that is less prone to drying out.

By following these tips, your muffins will always come out perfectly moist and delicious.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Pumpkin Muffins Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Best Cake Mix Recipes:

Once you make this Chocolate Cake Mix Muffins Recipe, you will wonder what else you can make using cake mix.

I’ll show you some of my favorites below that I think you’ll love!

This Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe has the best citrus flavor!

Find out how fast and simple you can make this Chocolate Cake Mix Waffles Recipe.

Jello Poke Cake is fun to make and fun to eat! You’ll love this recipe!

These Cake Mix Bread Recipes need to be made ASAP!

All of these recipes using Strawberry Cake Mix are a must to make!

This Cake Mix Brownies Recipe is perfect for parties and family gatherings.

You only need simple ingredients to make this Champagne Cupcakes Cake Mix Recipe.

Why don’t you over-mix the muffin batter?

Over-mixing muffin batter can result in tough, dense muffins that lack the fluffy and tender crumb we all love. When you over-mix the batter, you are essentially activating too much gluten.

This gluten development creates a more elastic and tougher batter that yields less tender muffins. Additionally, vigorous mixing also causes the leavening agents, such as baking powder, to release gas too quickly, resulting in uneven and large air pockets within the muffin.

So, the next time you make muffins, mix until the ingredients are incorporated and stop there. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

What is the most common mistake when making muffins?

Muffins are a popular baked good that can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, or even as a dessert. However, even experienced bakers can fall victim to some common mistakes when making muffins. Perhaps the most frequent error is over-mixing the batter.

This can cause the muffins to become tough and dense instead of light and fluffy. It’s important to remember that muffin batter should be mixed until all the ingredients are combined, with a few lumps left in the batter.

Another common mistake is using the wrong pan size, resulting in uneven baking and overflowing batter.

By paying attention to these common mistakes, you can avoid disappointment and always bake perfect muffins.

Can I bake muffins directly in the pan?

If you want to make muffins at home without using muffin liners or a tin, baking them directly in the pan could be a good option. Although it’s not the traditional way to bake muffins, it can be a convenient and easy method.

Simply grease the pan with butter or cooking spray, fill each muffin cup with your batter, and bake as usual.

Just be mindful of the pan’s material; if it’s a dark or non-stick pan, the muffins may bake more quickly, so adjust your baking time accordingly.

Also, remember that the muffins may not have perfectly uniform shapes as they would with a muffin tin, but they’ll still be just as delicious.

Overall, baking muffins directly in the pan is a simple and effective technique if you find yourself without a muffin tin or liners.

More Pumpkin Recipes:

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins are so good! Fast and simple!


  • 1 18.25 ounce box spice cake mix
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • mini chocolate chips


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir gently until mixed.
  3. Put the batter into the muffin pan, filling 3/4 full.
  4. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center.
  5. Remove muffins from pans immediately; cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g

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Carol Barber

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

The box of cake mix does it need to be made according to the box or just put the cake mix in with the rest of the ingredients?

Kelli Miller

Friday 27th of August 2021

put the cake mix in with the rest of the ingredients :-)


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

No eggs?

Kelli Miller

Friday 27th of August 2021

Nope, no eggs :-)

Miz Helen

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon. Miz Helen

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Sunday 21st of May 2017

Yum - I bet these are amazing right out of the oven with some melting butter.... Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!

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