How to Make Festive Harvest Cupcakes

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Fall is here and that means something different to a lot of people. For us, that means lots of baking and homemade goodies being prepared in our home. We recently made Festive Harvest Cupcakes using the Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Caramel Apple Cake Mix to make cupcakes. We used Mott’s® Applesauce in the recipe instead of oil – giving it even more of that fresh apple taste! We then topped our cupcakes with the Pillsbury™ Supreme Creamy® Cream Cheese Seasonal Frosting and M&M’s® Pecan Pie variety.

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Before we did that, we headed to Walmart to pick up our goodies! We found the M&M’s® Pecan Pie variety with all of the Halloween Candy in the seasonal section of the store.  We found the Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Caramel Apple Cake Mix and the Pillsbury™ Supreme Creamy® Cream Cheese Seasonal Frosting in the middle of the aisle in the Baking Center. They had lots of different baking goodies and decorations there as well. 

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When we got home, it was time to make and decorate our Festive Harvest Cupcakes! Here’s how to make them.


  • Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Caramel Apple Cake Mix 15.25oz
  • 1/2 cup Mott’s® Apple Sauce Original
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • Pillsbury™ Supreme Creamy® Cream Cheese Seasonal Frosting 16oz
  • M&M’s® Pecan Pie Variety
  • Additional Halloween Sprinkles
  • Decorative Baking Cups
  • Snapple® Apple Single 16oz (to drink with your cupcake)


1 – Open cake mix and pour into a mixing bowl. Add 1 cup water, 1/2 cup applesauce (in place of the oil) and 3 eggs.

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2 – Mix on low until blended. Once blended, mix on high speed for 2 minutes. Use scraper to mix any powder at bottom and turn on again for a few seconds.

3 – Place festive baking cups in a cupcake pan.

4 – Use a scoop to drop cake batter into cupcake cups.

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5 – Preheat oven to 325°F and bake for 20 minutes. 

6 – Once cupcakes are done, pull them out of the oven and let cool.

7 – Take a plastic baggie or decorating bag and place desired cake tip inside (this is for swirled look of frosting). Cut off tip of bag and put frosting into bag.

8 – Decorate cupcakes with frosting, M&M’s® Pecan Pie Variety and some Halloween Sprinkles.

9 – Serve with a glass of Snapple® Apple Juice.

Be sure to check out other great MARS Harvest recipe ideas.
I’d love to hear about your new favorite recipe!

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  1. Your cupcakes look delicious! I definitely need to try that Caramel Apple cake mix! (client)

  2. Nice fall recipe. Would taste yummy.

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