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Pumpkin Pecan Bites

This recipe makes a lot, so I like sharing the bite-size treats at potlucks. To easily frost them, try putting the frosting in a pastry bag and piping it on top of the cupcakes. —Carol Beyerl, East Wenatchee, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 36 pecan halves, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • Ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil, cinnamon, baking soda and cloves; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill paper-lined miniature muffin cups two-thirds full. Press a pecan piece into each. Bake at 350° for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Editor's Note:This recipe can be prepared in 2 dozen regular-size muffin cups. Bake for 22-26 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 191 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • mapete8
    Dec 26, 2012

    These were a big hit both at home and at work. Quite simple to make.

  • heaty89
    Nov 14, 2012

    These were really good! Very moist, and everyone loved them!

  • theckman
    Feb 18, 2011

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  • jes8477
    Dec 7, 2010

    These are absolutely wonderful. So moist and a different texture than the normal cupcake or muffin. Everyone LOVED them. I plan on making them again for an upcoming social.

  • redglowstick
    Nov 25, 2010

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  • healthyhart
    Nov 16, 2010

    I used a different frosting that was lactose-free and substituted in gluten-free flours and they worked great. I also used freshly cooked pumpkin and fresh pineapple. These are addictingly good!

  • Barbara Brunkan
    Nov 16, 2010

    My husband says that this is the best cupcake I have made this year. Also took the cupcakes to a church group last night and they gave rave reviews such as...moist and tender and a delicate cross between muffin and cupcake...please bring more.

  • jchriste65
    Nov 16, 2010

    Made these in mini-muffin pan. Were delicious. Brought some to work and got good reviews. I would add more cinnamon, cloves, etc. to get more intense flavor. Time consuming to frost mini's, but just the right size.

  • BakerJen24
    Nov 15, 2010

    I made this recipe as a cake. It is so good. The only changes I made were I added 1/2 tsp. each of ginger and nutmeg and omitted the nuts for the cake. This recipe is a keeper!

  • ginabl
    Nov 15, 2010

    Was a big hit at a jazzercise party. The pecan on top of the muffin made it. And the icing wasn't overly sweet.