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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Easy Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake Muffins

Because, it was 42 degrees this morning - in October- no way- yes way - I know, I was in shock too, especially after being in Boston this week with 75 degree weather! Because, it was so cold I was holding my tea mug just to get my hands warm. Because, it is fall and this happens in New England. Because, everywhere I turn I see pumpkins - subliminal food/baking advertising. Because, I am not making pumpkin pies until that wonderful day in November. Because, I am not ready to start raking, but rather baking. Because, I am not supposed to start every sentence with a preposition, that was drilled into my brain in parochial school. So I will not start off by saying because, just that I really want to turn on the oven and bake Easy Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake Muffins.
Easy Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake Muffins

I think that the word muffin is another word for cake. " Mommy, may I have a slice of cake for breakfast?" - No. " Mommy, may I have a muffin for breakfast?" - Sure go ahead, have two! Makes sense to me! So, these are Easy Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake Muffins. Or you can just tell yourself they are muffins.

Here is what you will need. Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin, vegetable oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, sugar and cinnamon. I used the large can of pumpkin and doubled the recipe. I usually double recipes and give baked goodies as gifts, my waistline is much happier about this. The recipe on this page is not doubled.

Mix Pumpkin, oil, eggs, sugar and pumpkin pie spice together with a whisk.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then add to wet mixture.

Mix dry mixture and wet mixture until just combined.

Use your favorite ice cream scooper and  place two scoops into muffin tins.

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of muffins before you place in oven to bake.

Bake for 25 minutes, insert a knife or toothpick to test if it is done, it should come out clean.

MMMMMM- warm- cinnamony- pumpkin perfection.

If you love pumpkin and cinnamon- you will love these- super moist and fluffy.

Pretty morning breakfast pumpkin muffins.

Ray's Chinese dragon peeking his head out of the foliage protecting our home. I think of my father in law every time I pass the dragon.
Pee Gee Hydrangeas. During the fall months, they start turning a beautiful shade of cream and rose.

Easy Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake Muffins

 Ingredients for Muffins

  • 15 ounces solid packed pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Cinnamon Sugar topping
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 F. Place liners in muffin tins.
  2. Blend with a whisk in a large bowl- pumpkin, oil, eggs,sugar and pumpkin spice. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix dry ingredients to pumpkin ingredients until just combined.
  3. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Use an ice cream scooper and place two scoops of batter in muffin tins. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake until puffy and golden brown and when inserting a knife or toothpick comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan on rack for five minutes, transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine and Smitten Kitchen.

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Recipe blog hop on: Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sister's Stuff and Something Swanky, Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Muffin Monday, Joy of Desserts, Shine Your Light.

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Vicky said...

Those look yummy! And yes, I think they might be cake too, but muffin sounds kinda healthy right? At any rate, these look amazing. I can't wait to try them. I am a new follower from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky from

ryobious said...

Yum! Stumbled from Something Swanky.

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Vicky- thanks for following! Yes it does sound kinda healthy- especially since they are kind of smallish and if you eat 2-3, you don't feel so bad. You will love them! I hopped over to love your blog- love your name. Can't see what you have up your sleeve for next time!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Ryobious- Thanks for stumbling over! I hopped over to you and posted my Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Cake, hope you like it!


Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Hi Nettie. This recipe looks good, and just right for the season. It's high 90s in LA this week and going into the 3 digits for next week. If only I could send you some heat and you could send me some cooler temperatures, we could average out to perfect. LOL. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Joy of Desserts. Please remember to link back, just like you did for the other hostesses. Thanks. :-)

Michelle said...

I love pumpkin muffins. These look scrumptious - thanks for posting!

Lisa said...

These look delicious and perfect for fall. Stumbled from Ss



Paula @ Spoons 'n' Spades said...

Thanks for visiting my site and leaving such a lovely comment!

I love anything with pumpkin in, well, except pumpkin pie :-O These muffins look yum!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

@Joy, Can you believe it's been 80 degrees since I baked, Indian Summer here! Hope you like the Pumpkin Muffins- they are really tasty! Thanks for hosting the party. I posted your link. Happy Baking.


Moore or Less Cooking said...

@ Michelle- thanks for your comments- I think you will love the Pumpkin Muffins!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

@ Lisa- Thanks for stumbling over- the Pumpkin Muffins are a perfect fall treat!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

@ Danielle- Thanks for stumbling over- great to see you!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

@ Paula-
You are welcome! I love these Pumpkin Muffins and I think you will too!

Lyndsey said...

I love a good pumpkin muffin...of course perfect for this time of year!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I've had a small can of Libby's Pumpkin on my counter for a week - the kids are begging me to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin anything - and you are right, muffin=okay for breakfast whereas cake, not so much, so we'll go with muffins! Love the cinnamon sprinkled on top! Good heavens.
And how'd you like going from 42 degrees last week to this weekend???? Isn't N.E. crazy? Love it.

Moore or Less Cooking said...


This is a simple recipe that is really delicious! They didn't last long in my house, I am thinking that I am going to make them again next weekend!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

@ Lisa@ Shine Your Light,

Lucky kids! Make these muffins- they will make your day. Nice treat for kids lunches, and a great breakfast. 42 degrees jumping up to 80 degrees- yes the NE is crazy and I love it when it is 80!! It's the LA girl in me- I love it tropical! Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Baking!