Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes

Sharing our favorite brownie cupcakes today! My Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes make the perfect dessert for your upcoming Fall and Holiday parties!

brownie cupcakes

Brownie Cupcakes

Ahhhh, Fall baking is officially here. These pumpkin brownies turned into cupcakes are so delicious! There is nothing that makes me smile more than getting in the kitchen and baking with pumpkin. It’s so cozy and fabulous. Let’s dig in to this cupcake shall we? 🙂

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brownie cupcakes

Here is your ingredient list. I forgot to add the buttermilk in the photo, I blame it on my baby brain 🙂 Also please note, you do not have to use Mocha Fudge brownie mix. I was cleaning out my pantry 🙂  Regular brownie mix is what you should use.

How To Make Brownie Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 24 cupcake cups with liners.
  2. Place cake mix, brownie mix, oil, sour cream, buttermilk, eggs and pumpking into stand mixer. Beat until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Scoop batter into lined cups 3/4 full.
  3. Bake for 22-27 minutes, until baked through. Remove and let cool completely.
  4. While cupcakes are cooling, place butter into stand mixer and beat until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar until you’ve got a nice consistency. Stir in vanilla bean seeds and milk until smooth. Frost over cupcakes and top with mini chocolate chips.

brownie cupcakes

This recipe could not be simpler. Start adding your cupcake ingredients right to your mixer. Any order you’d like.

brownie cupcakes

A little vegetable oil and sour cream.

brownie cupcakes

Buttermilk time! You can use milk or even heavy cream if you are feeling crazy 🙂

brownie cupcakes

Four lovely eggs. I love these action egg shots 🙂

brownie cupcakes

Add a can of pumpkin and you are ready to mix mix mix!

brownie cupcakes

There you go, now let’s get them into the cups.

brownie cupcakes

Fill them 3/4 full please 🙂

brownie cupcakes

Ahhh, ready for the oven.

brownie cupcakes

Not only are these perfectly soft and lovely, they make the house smell wonderful too.

brownie cupcakes

Ok, time to make some ridiculously good vanilla bean buttercream while those cupcakes are cooling.

brownie cupcakes

Break out your butter and powdered sugar. Beat the butter until creamy then slowly add close to 4 cups of powdered sugar.

brownie cupcakes

Take a vanilla bean, split in in half  and with the side/tip of your knife scrape out those fabulous vanilla seeds. Put them right into your buttercream and give a good mix.

brownie cupcakes

There is nothing like fresh vanilla bean! Makes the best frosting ever.

brownie cupcakes

Here you have cutie patootie little cupcakes perfect for Fall baking and perfect for a Fall baby shower when you line them with colorful liners 🙂  How cute is the pretty little napkin my cupcakes are sitting on?! Amanda brought it from Sweden for me. Love it!

brownie cupcakes

I had to show you a close up so you could see those fabulous vanilla bean seeds throughout the frosting 🙂  Enjoy friends!

brownie cupcakes

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes

These Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes are simple to prepare and wow all of your guests! Great for Fall and Holiday baking!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Servings: 24
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 10
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Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/2 cups dry brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or regular milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin such as Libby’s
  • 2 sticks/1 cup unsalted softened butter
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 24 cupcake cups with liners.
  • Place cake mix, brownie mix, oil, sour cream, buttermilk, eggs and pumpking into stand mixer. Beat until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Scoop batter into lined cups 3/4 full. Bake for 22-27 minutes, until baked through. Remove and let cool completely.
  • While cupcakes are cooling, place butter into stand mixer and beat until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar until you’ve got a nice consistency. Stir in vanilla bean seeds and milk until smooth. Frost over cupcakes and top with mini chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 2848IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg
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33 Responses
  1. These cupcakes taste DELICIOUS!! LOVE this cake recipe. My Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream cupcakes came out beautifully.Thanks for sharing! I had feature u in the post of Top 7 Lovely Cake Recipes, Enjoy a Sweet Moment! on AllFreshRecipes. Pay close attention to ur more delish EATS!

  2. Brandi

    These look so good. Can’t wait to try them… Also, love that you’re displaying the full post in google reader again! Thanks

  3. K. Eaton

    Have you tried vanilla bean paste – it is awesome and easier than using the bean, probably cheaper too. BTW, love following your blogs and the book looks awesome. Best to you with the book and the baby!!!!

  4. Thesha

    These look fabulous! I can’t wait to try them. We love pumpkin around here and are always looking for great recipes to use it.

  5. These cupcakes are so CUTE Jenny!
    Perfect for Kristan and Lucy!
    Love that owl in your kitchen watching you bake!
    And adore your HOT pink Kitchen Aid!
    I’ve just got to start putting vanilla beans in frosting!
    Love your blot Jenny!
    Such a happy place!
    Can’t wait to get your adorable cookbook!
    Happy Day with your boys!
    xoxoxo

  6. Jenny these sound so fabulous!!

    I am so glad we got to meet up this year, I really enjoy your site, but more importantly, I enjoy YOU. You are so much fun, and such a sweet person. I can’t wait to get the babies together!!

  7. Okay, so I’m one of those weird people that doesn’t love the chocolate-pumpkin combo. I fully accept that it’s something wrong with ME, not the combo. However, how could I not think these cupcakes are absolutely stunning? Absolutely beautiful, Jenny.

  8. I LOOOVE pumpkin and chocolate combo, but topping these cuties with vanilla bean buttercream just puts them over the top! Perfect for Kristan and little Lucy!!

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