3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins: Moist and Fluffy Recipe

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Satisfy your craving for pumpkin this fall with these 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins. All you need is a can of pumpkin puree, box of cake mix, and water to make the most delicious pumpkin muffins you will ever taste.

3-ingredient pumpkin muffin recipe with pumpkin puree, cake mix, and water.

Today is the first day of fall (how is that even possible?) and that means it is officially pumpkin season! To welcome the start of fall, and pumpkin season, I thought I would share with you my super easy recipe for fluffy pumpkin muffins. 

I’ve been making this easy pumpkin muffins recipe each fall season for our family for years. My family loves the warm pumpkin flavor, and I love that they are beyond easy to make (almost too easy!). These delicious muffins are perfect for breakfast, school lunches, or even for dessert after dinner. 

If you love to provide your family yummy, home baked goods as much as I do, but have limited time, this 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins recipe is for you!

Why You’ll Want to Make This Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

3 ingredient pumpkin muffins are perfect for those looking for simplicity, flavor, and convenience in the kitchen.

These muffins require just a few basic ingredients making them an ideal choice for busy individuals or novice bakers looking for a quick and fuss free treat.

the easiest pumpkin muffins made with just 3 simple ingredients.

The rich, autumnal taste of pumpkin combines effortlessly with the cake mix to produce moist and delectable muffins, embodying the cozy flavors of fall.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • EASY TO MAKE – With just 3 readily available ingredients and minimal preparation time, you can whip up a batch of delicious pumpkin muffins in no time. This makes it perfect for busy individuals or those new to baking who want a tasty homemade treat without much work.
  • TASTE OF FALL – The combination of canned pumpkin puree and cake mix results in muffins bursting with the warm, comforting flavors of fall. The rich, earthy taste of pumpkin pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the cake mix, creating a delightful autumnal treat that’s hard to resist.
  • VERSATILITY – With a base recipe that includes just three ingredients, it also leaves room for creativity and personalization. You can customize your muffins by adding chocolate chips, nuts, spices, or even a cream cheese swirl for an extra layer of flavor and texture.

How to Make 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins


Whipping up a batch of these delightful 3-ingredient pumpkin muffins is as easy as can be. In just a few simple steps, you’ll have moist and flavorful muffins that capture the essence of fall in every bite.

Cake mix pumpkin muffins are an easy recipe for breakfast or school lunches.
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3 Simple Ingredients for These Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Can of Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup Water

Note: Use canned pumpkin puree for this recipe, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling has added sugar, spices, and water which will not work for this recipe.

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Easy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

To start, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Add muffin liners to a muffin pan or spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. I like to bake muffins with these tulip muffin liners. I think they look so pretty and elegant! 

Put the muffin tin off to the side.

In a large bowl, combine box of yellow cake mix, can of pumpkin puree, and cup of water. Mix ingredients together until well incorporated.

Scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of muffin batter into muffin cups using a cookie scoop (this recipe should yield 12 regular sized muffins).

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Bake muffins in preheated oven for 20-22 minutes. When done, allow muffins to cool for a minute or two before transferring them to a wire rack.

An easy recipe for homemade with pumpkin & cake mix muffins.

And, this might be the hardest part of this whole muffin making process…allow muffins to cool slightly before eating!

Tips & Tricks

  • The cake mix you choose will greatly influence the flavor and texture of your muffins. Opt for a high quality cake mix to ensure a delicious result. You can experiment with different flavors like spice cake mix or vanilla for varied taste profiles.
  • While these muffins are delicious with just three ingredients, feel free to get creative by adding mix-ins such as chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried cranberries to enhance texture and flavor.
  • When combining the ingredients, be careful not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can lead to dense and tough muffins. Stir until the ingredients are just combined to achieve a light and tender crumb.
  • For evenly sized muffins that bake uniformly, use an ice cream scoop to portion the batter into muffin cups. This also makes the process neater and more efficient.
  • Oven temperatures can vary, so test your muffins for doneness. Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin; if it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, they’re ready. Overbaking can result in dry muffins.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps prevent them from sticking to the pan and allows them to set properly.

How to Store Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins

Our family gobbles up these muffins well before we have to store them. That is how incredibly tasty they are!

However, if you have leftovers and need to store your muffins, be sure they are cooled completely before storing. Muffins will become soggy if placed in a container warm.

Line an airtight container with paper towels, place the muffins on top, place additional paper towels on top of the muffins, then tightly seal container. The paper towels will soak up any moisture from the muffins, allowing the muffins to stay dry and last longer.

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Cake Mix Pumpkin Muffins Variations & Substitutions

Here are a few great ideas on how you could easily change up this recipe to make it your own!

  • Chocolate makes everything better! Try adding in a handful of chocolate chips to the muffin batter for easy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. 
  • Use apple juice in place of water for apple-pumpkin muffins.
  • Smear a cream cheese frosting to top of the muffins. Pumpkin & cream cheese are a match made in heaven!
  • Add a little spice to your muffins by using a box of spice cake mix instead of yellow for pumpkin spice cake muffins. 
  • For a little crunch, add a few crumbles of brown sugar to the tops of the muffins before baking.
  • Instead of making muffins, add this to a loaf pan for pumpkin bread!
Pumpkin cake mix muffins made with pumpkin puree and yellow cake mix.

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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Savor the essence of fall with this effortless 3 ingredient pumpkin muffins recipe. Perfect for bakers of all levels, this recipe requires only pumpkin puree, cake mix, and water to create moist, flavorful muffins. Embrace the warmth of pumpkin spice any time of year with this simple and delightful recipe!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15.25 oz Box of Yellow Cake Mix
  • 15 oz Can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to375 degrees.
  • Add cupcake liners to a muffin pan or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Put the muffin pan off to the side.
  • In a large bowl, combine box of yellow cake mix, can of pumpkin puree, and cup of water. Mix ingredients together until well incorporated.
  • Scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of muffin batter into each muffin cup.
  • Bake muffins in oven at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
  • Allow the muffins to slightly cool in the pan, and then place them on a wire rack.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Be sure to use pumpkin puree for this recipe, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling has added sugar, spices, and water which will not work for this recipe.
  • The cake mix you choose will greatly influence the flavor and texture of your muffins. Opt for a high quality cake mix to ensure a delicious result. You can experiment with different flavors like spice cake mix or vanilla for varied taste profiles.
  • While these muffins are delicious with just three ingredients, feel free to get creative by adding mix-ins such as chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried cranberries to enhance texture and flavor.
  • When combining the ingredients, be careful not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can lead to dense and tough muffins. Stir until the ingredients are just combined to achieve a light and tender crumb.
  • For evenly sized muffins that bake uniformly, use an ice cream scoop to portion the batter into muffin cups. This also makes the process neater and more efficient.
  • Oven temperatures can vary, so test your muffins for doneness. Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin; if it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, they’re ready. Overbaking can result in dry muffins.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps prevent them from sticking to the pan and allows them to set properly.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Muffins, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Muffins
Servings: 12 Muffins
Calories: 351kcal

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