If you have been following me on Instagram lately, I have been posting recipes you can make with a box of cake mix (15.25oz) and 1 150z can of pumpkin. People loved it! This recipe is simple and only requires 2 ingredients. All the other ingredients listed in the recipes below are OPTIONAL which can fool a lot of people into thinking that this recipe is more than 2 ingredients. The keyword above is optional folks.
This post has been updated on 9/5/2020 to help further explain the "other ingredients" that are listed in the recipes other than cake mix and canned pumpkin.
What can you make with these 2 ingredients?
So far, I've made muffins, donuts, whoopie pies, and sheet cake. Cake mix and canned pumpkin are the 2 BASE ingredients. Again, all the other ingredients mentioned in the recipes are optional and are just ideas you can add to the recipe in case you think it needs to be doctored up a little.
For the cinnamon sugar mix that you use for the donuts, it is best to dip them when the donuts are warm. Feel free to use a sugar substitute to help keep the points at 3.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
Some ingredients such as egg and water help the batter consistency and type of dessert you are making.
Number of Servings
Depending on how you divide the number of servings per recipe the points can vary. 24 servings are 3 points. 48 servings are 2 points. You figure out cake mix points by what the box says per ounces. In the recipe builder there is an option for oz if you look for yellow or chocolate cake mix.
Can I use sugar-free cake mix?
Yes, you can but from what people are telling me on Instagram there is not a sugar-free spice cake mix flavor out there. You can, however, use yellow or chocolate sugar-free cake mix. Add a little cinnamon or pumpkin spice to the batter, but that is optional as well. So many options! Please use your recipe builder to figure out the points. I'm not a fan of sugar-free cake mix.
How do you store these?
Whenever I make a batch of these muffins, I will only make half of the recipe at a time so I am not wasting a whole lot of muffins before they start getting bad in the fridge.
How do you figure out points for recipes?
The recipe builder app from WW is what I use to figure out points for all my recipes. It comes with your WW membership. I would suggest entering my recipes into the builder once you’ve tried it and liked it. That way you can easily track your day. It is also helpful to use if you have a question about the points regarding a recipe.
Why am I still getting different points from what you have listed?
This could be quite a number of reasons and here are a few that I have come across.
Number of servings
Low-Fat vs Fat-Free ingredients
Zero Point foods are different for all 3 plans
Using the nutrition info calculator instead of the recipe builder
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5 Easy Recipes with Cake Mix and Canned Pumpkin
1 15 oz box of spice cake mix
1 15 oz can of pumpkin
½ cup of water (does not count as an ingredient)
Pumpkin Muffins 3 Points, 24 muffins
Chocolate Chips (optional)
1 can of Dairy-Free Almond Reddi Wip (filling)
Pumpkin Spice Donuts
¼ cup of sugar (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1 15 oz can of pumpkin
1 1 oz box of instant vanilla pudding mix(sugar-free)
¼ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1 container of cool whip
Muffins or base recipe: Mix all the base ingredients together in a bowl. Fold in chocolate chips (optional) to the batter. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and scoop the batter into each cupcake liner. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not add any of the other ingredients on the back of the box. Just the 3 base ones.
Makes 24 muffins, 3 smart points each
Whoopie Pies: Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter on to cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes.
Makes 4 dozen cookies: 3 smart points
Donuts: Add about 2 tablespoons of cake mix into each donut pan hole and bake them in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Continue with the rest of the batter. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Dip each side of the donut into the cinnamon and sugar mix. Enjoy. Smart Points per donut 3. You can spoon the batter into the donut pan or use a ziplock bag and cut a hole in the bag to pipe the batter into the pan. Makes 24 donuts 3 smart points per donut
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars: In a bowl, mix together to the cake mix, pumpkin, and egg until well combined. Spray a 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray. Spread the cake mix batter onto the pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips all over the pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Makes 24 servings 4 smart points per bar
Mix together cake mix and pumpkin puree. Add in about ¼ cup of water if the consistency is too thick or if you please. Divide batter in muffin tins.
Meanwhile, mix together a box of instant vanilla pudding (dry) and 1 can of pumpkin puree until the instant pudding is dissolved. Add in ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Gently, fold in the whole container of cool whip. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost the cupcakes with the pumpkin fluff frosting. Enjoy! Makes 24 cupcakes, Smart Points 4 (1 cupcake)
Points listed above includes all 3 WW plans
Your previous comment sounded like you didn't turn on the oven that is why I asked. "still not done and. the muffins stuck to the sides of the winners"
Unfortunately, I do not know why this is happening. I am not there to see what is going on and it could be your oven. Your oven might not be calibrated correctly. Try an oven temperature thermometer and place it in your oven to see if it's actually the right degrees. It should be the same as what the oven states the temperature is at. If it's not that could be why. I've lived in 3 different places now since owning this blog and make recipes on this site daily. Each oven has taken a different amount of time to cook.
Christine Clayton says
And yes 8 know how to turn my oven on I even put it at 400 when it wasnt cooking
I would like to have a person react in a proper answer plz
Did you even turn on the oven?
Christine Clayton says
I tried making it and the muffins took qn hour to cook and still not done and.the muffins stuck to the sides of the winners ..now it just looks.like a blob
barbara a dale says
I make the muffins. I have tried all kinds of chips with it and the butterscotch ones are the best. Ive also ventured using other than spice cake and none are as good as spice cake, pumpkin and butterscotch morsels. so delish. Last night i used sugar free choc cake, pumpkin, 1/2 cup hersheys special dark choc chips and 1/2 c low sugar craisins! oh wow. made 18 muffins at 104 calories and only 14 carbs, 3.5 sugars each!! yum yum
Just a note making a larger batch is what I do and freeze in bag sizes I need. Thaw in fridge the night before use. Add goodie - dry fruit, nuts, not to forget chocolate bits. Bake as usual. Cakes, Muffins, Cookie dough. all good. cuts out prep time when I have guests.
JLS, I replied to Debbie. Did you not see the answer?
Debbie, I had the same question, did you get an answer?
If the cake mix is 9oz and I use a whole can of pumpkin for this I would go even less than 1/2 a can and try adding water.
Debbie Oneil says
Hi Jenna, my daughter is gluten free and I have a simple mills pumpkin muffin/bread mix that i want to try this recipe with. The box mix is 9 oz compared to other cake boxes are 15-16 oz. My question to you is should i reduce the amount of pumpkin? Have you tried anything similar?