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You can make these Easy Sunflower Cupcakes with a spice cake mix and decorate them with gingersnaps and candy corn. It’s a quick and easy fall dessert!


I’m already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving dinner and trying to come up with a few easy desserts. I know we’ll have pumpkin pie, but I like to have more than one thing on the dessert menu just so that there’s some variety. And some people, especially my kids, aren’t big fans of pumpkin pie. But, I made these Easy Sunflower Cupcakes this weekend, and I think they’ll be perfect for Thanksgiving!

I’ve always had a thing for sunflowers. I just love them, and honestly, I’d rather have a big bunch of sunflowers than a bouquet of roses. Actually, roses make me sneeze, so the Hubs gets to save some cash when he buys flowers for birthdays and anniversaries!

I try to have sunflowers on the table or in the room for Thanksgiving, so I thought it would be fun to have them on the cupcakes too. And instead of making the flowers out of icing, I took the easy way out and used gingersnaps and candy corn, instead.

I also used a spice cake mix, but I made the peanut butter cream cheese frosting. So these cupcakes are semi-homemade, but I think sometimes, especially when you’re entertaining, it’s perfectly fine to take some sanity-saving shortcuts!


The additional cinnamon is optional, but if you know me, you know how much I love this spice, and it just adds a little bit of extra flavor.

And if you really want to save some time, you can even use a jar of frosting instead of making your own. There isn’t that much frosting on the cupcakes, and it’s mainly there just to hold the cookie and candy in place.

But honestly, the peanut butter cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement to the spices in the cookies and cupcakes, and the flavors go very well together. Plus, the frosting isn’t that sweet, so if you have a chance to make your own frosting, go for it!

How To Make Easy Sunflower Cupcakes

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Easy Sunflower Cupcakes

By: Dee
Easy spice cake mix cupcakes that are perfect for fall dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 24 cupcakes


  • Ingredients for Easy Sunflower Cupcakes
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup all-natural applesauce
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Candy corn and gingersnap cookies for garnish
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  • Make the cupcakes according to directions on the package, but use the applesauce in place of the oil, and add the cinnamon for extra flavor.
  • Spoon batter into a muffin tin lined with paper cups, and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let cupcakes cool completely, then frost.
  • For the frosting, mix the peanut butter, cream cheese, milk and powdered sugar together until light and fluffy, and then spread a thin layer on each cupcake.
  • Top each cupcake with a gingersnap, and then add candy corn around the cookie.
  • Makes 24 cupcakes


Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 189mg, Potassium: 45mg, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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These easy sunflower cupcakes pretty much scream fall, from the colors to the flavors. And if you think about it, you get three desserts in one small package — a cookie, candy corn and a cupcake! 


Are you thinking about Thanksgiving dinner yet?

Have a super day!

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  1. Dorene Blauvelt says:

    Dee, these are adorable and such a cute addition to a dessert buffet table. I'll definitely be pinning the idea.
    Dorene @ Seasonal Chapters

  2. Dee M says:

    Same to you, Miz Helen, and thanks for hosting the party!

  3. Dee M says:

    Aw, thanks a bunch, Angie!

  4. Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says:

    Dee, those are soooo cute! Thank you for sharing. Feel free to share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party which goes live tonight at 8:00PM (Monday). Hope to see you at the bash! Have a lovely week ahead. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. Miz Helen says:

    These cupcakes are just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Angie says:

    These are the cutest little cupcakes I've ever seen!

  7. Dee M says:

    Merci beaucoup, Martine. Je suis heureux que vous les aimez!

  8. Dee M says:

    Thanks, Michele. The kids had fun eating them, and at least, they weren't hard to put together. 🙂

  9. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says:

    Dee, those are just too cute for words.

  10. martinealison says:

    Bonsoir chère amie,

    Un petit gâteau, magnifique avec un bel équilibre des couleurs et certainement des saveurs !

    ❀ ✺ ❀ Gros bisous ❀ ✺ ❀