Ahhhh, Fall baking is officially here. There is nothing that makes me smile more than getting in the kitchen and baking with pumpkin. It’s so cozy and fabulous.

I am celebrating this pretty little cupcake for my friend Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen‘s Virtual Baby Shower! I got to meet Kristan at BlogHer Food this past summer and she is as sweet as I knew she’d be. She is the cutest pregnant gal ever, can’t wait to see pics of her sweet Lucy.

I love being a part of this wonderful foodie community. We have so much fun!

Let’s dig in to this cupcake shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is your ingredient list. I forgot to add the buttermilk in the photo, I blame it on my baby brain ๐Ÿ™‚ Also please note, you do not have to use Mocha Fudge brownie mix. I was cleaning out my pantry ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Regular brownie mix is what you should use.


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

A little vegetable oil and sour cream.

Buttermilk time! You can use milk or even heavy cream if you are feeling crazy ๐Ÿ™‚

Four lovely eggs. I love these action egg shots ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

Fill them 3/4 full please ๐Ÿ™‚

Ahhh, ready for the oven.

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

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

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

Take a vanilla bean, split in in halfย  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. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about on This Week For Dinner Blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  How cute is the pretty little napkin my cupcakes are sitting on?! Amanda brought it from Sweden for me. Love it!

I had to show you a close up so you could see those fabulous vanilla bean seeds throughout the frosting ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Enjoy friends!


Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream


  • 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


  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. Bake for 22-27 minutes, until baked through. Remove and let cool completely.
  3. 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.

Makes 24 Servings

Make sure you check out what everyone else made for the shower!!

Cookies and Cups | Zebra Cake Cupcakes

The Hungry Housewifeย  | White Cupcakesย 

She Wears Many Hats |ย  Pretty in Pink Party Marshmallows

Two Peas and Their Pod | Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes:

Bluebonnets and Brownies |ย  Apple Cider Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

My Baking Addiction | Sugar and Spice Cupcakes

Picky Palate | Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Blooming on Bainbridge | Twinkie Cupcakes with Pink Cherry Frosting

Food For My Family | Pomegranate and Lime Olive Oil Yogurt Cupcakes

Bakingdom |ย  Homemade Twinkie Cupcakes

Sprinkle Bakes | Princess Torte Cupcakes

Glorious Treats | Sweet Baby Cupcakes with Easy Fondant Toppers

Sweet Sugarbelle | Damask Cookies

Buns In My Oven | Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Dine and Dish | Neapolitan Cream Filled Cupcakes

Chocolate and Carrots | Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

Bake at 350 | Little Pumpkin Cupcakes

Living Locurto | Baby Shower Printables (coming soon)


My cookbook is officially available today! I am so excited to share it with you!! You can order it on Amazon.com and find it in select Barnes and Noble, Sams Clubs and Deseret Books ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Click HERE to read more about it!