How About Some Easy Thanksgiving Cupcakes!

These are butternut squash cupcakes with sage frosting! They are very moist and taste awesome!

They are made using a Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Spice Premium Cake Mix!

Here is the recipe that makes 24 cupcakes:


For cake:

--1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Spice Premium Cake Mix
--1 large butternut squash

For frosting:
--1 bunch of sage
--3 tablespoons of water
--3 tablespoons of granulated sugar

--12 ounces of cream cheese (room temperature)
--1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
--1 cup of eggnog (or milk, if you prefer)
3-4 cups of powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin tins with paper baking cups, and set aside. Peel, quarter and remove seeds from butternut squash. Place in a large sauce pan covered with water and bring to a boil until squash is tender. Put the pieces in a food processor or blender, then set aside for a while.

Make cake mix as directed on package. When cooled, fold the butternut squash into the cake mix. Fill the cupcake papers three-quarters full, making sure that the batter is divided evenly. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center of them comes out clean, about 12-15 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting directions:

Chop up the sage so that it's in very fine pieces. Heat the sugar and water in a small sauce pan under medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the sage to the sugar water mixture and heat  over low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Set aside to let cool.

Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy...about 2 minutes.

Stir the sage syrup into the butter and cream cheese mixture. Add the eggnog or milk to the mixture.

Finally, add the powered sugar a little at a time to the mixture until you have the mixture you want.

Now, frost your will receive very happy praises from your Thanksgiving guests!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

CQ and Layla


  1. I LOVE this idea!! Thanks for posting. I have some sage still in the garden that I need to use up before winter comes. This will be perfect!!

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  2. Great cupcakes, and blog.. I'll follow you :-)

    Happy Thanksgiving, we don;t have it here in NZ.


  3. This cupcakes are adorable. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Thanks for a quick and delicious recipe idea for thanksgiving. My nieces love cupcakes and I'm serving this recipe with them.

  5. Those are some great looking cupcakes.

  6. Butternut squash cupcakes.. that's so cool! I love secretly using vegetables in sweet things(:

  7. Anonymous5:23 PM

    thank u for the wonderful recipe. Can I substitute McCormick's dry sage from the grocery?

    I love, love, love cupcakes and take them to our monthly church luncheon. both these and the Magic Cookie Bar Cupcakes will definitely being go to our church!


  8. can substitute dried sage...let me know how they turn out!


  9. Yum yum yum! I want to eat these!

    Gorgeous blog!

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  11. thanks for sharing the recipe, this cupcakes are cute and really looks delicious, i'll try this one, have a good day

  12. That is a nice and easy recipie, I just love to enjoy different tastes of cupcakes , very nice and easy sharing

  13. All the ingredients used in making this cupcake are delicious and sweet. I think that delicious ingredients makes a delicious cupcake.

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  14. How creative! I love butternut squash but never thought about using it in pastry before. Love it!

    You've got a great blog btw, I'm glad I stumbled upon this. I'm definitely gonna follow :-)

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  15. Never tried the squash, but I added pumpkin this year to mine! Thanks for the great blog!

  16. I have been searching for really great cupcake recipes and can't wait to try these! I have a party coming make these and put them in a cute cupcake wrapper! Can't wait!

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    and I was wondering if you would like to share with us a recipe of your best cupcakes (I would put a link of your blog of course!) If you are interested, please have a look at the website, in the recipe section.
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  18. These look great… just the kind I like. too sweet, a little crisp, and a little chocolaty. Great with tea or cocoa or coffee.

  19. These looks so yummy. Yours look so delicious, I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes.