Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

by Jillian on October 6, 2011 · 10 comments

I’d like to begin with an inspiring quote from a man who has changed our generation. May he rest in peace.

“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”                             -Steve Jobs


We were all a little shocked this morning when we walked into bootcamp and saw no weights, no dumbbells, no mats, nothing! Just an empty floor. Uh oh!Needless to say, we did lots of squat hops, burpees, pushups, planks, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, sprints, lunges, and a variety of other exercises. It was a great last class. The next session starts in two weeks and may include a Saturday class as well, in which case I may be able to justify spending  the money to sign up again!

Afterwards, I hit the treadmill for a quick HIIT session.

  • 1 minute at 6.5
  • 30 seconds at 8.0
  • 1 minute at 6.5
  • 30 seconds at 8.2 (.2 increase)

Repeat all the way up to 10.0, increasing by .2 for each 30 second sprint.

Now I’m ready for another work day. But I realized that I breifly previewed these guys last week and never gave anymore details!

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chip Icing

Simple, two ingredient recipe.

1 box spice cake mix
1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin

Mix both ingredients together thoroughly and fill mini cupcake liners almost to the top. These cupcakes will not rise that much and will not shape naturally. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, checking with the toothpick test.

For the icing:

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar, as needed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. cinnamon
4 oz. Hershey’s cinnamon chips, melted and cooled

Whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the bowl when necessary. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the vanilla, honey, and cinnamon mixing until incorporated. Add the melted cinnamon chips and whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Then, ice the cupcakes!

Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. :)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marilyn October 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Looking forward to making these cupcakes. Steve Jobs truly was a genius. He will be missed.


2 Ericka Andersen October 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Those look awesome! I didn’t know you could buy cinnamon chips — totally gotta find those on my next shopping trip! Love it!


3 Jillian October 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I had remembered seeing them and when I thought about making these cupcakes, I immediately knew I had to use them somehow!


4 emily October 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Those look amazing!!! And seriously good idea on the cinnamon chip frosting too. I make chocolate frosting with chocolate chips but it never occured to me to check out the other chip options.


5 Shanna, like Banana October 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Omgomgomg, totally tagging this recipe. I adore all things cinnamon and pumpkin too. Maybe I’ll make these for the baby shower! :)


6 Sue October 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Wish you brought some of these mini cakes of heaven over the other night!


7 Softa123 October 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I absolutely must try this recipe! Thx for sharing it with us, Jillian. I hope you don’t mind, but I did copy it to my website because I was so excited about it. I did put a link to this article with it, citing this website as the original source. You can see it here:


8 Jillian October 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thanks for linking back! I hope you enjoy them!! :)


9 Softa123 October 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Jillian, the article is up as of right now…took me longer to compose than I thought it would. Here is the exact url:


Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: