Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers

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I made some cupcakes for a friend and thought it might be a good time to try a new buttercream recipe!

So I hunted the internet and came upon this one from Sugarcrafter.net.

But then I only had 2 tbsp of butter in my fridge (which is pretty much the worst thing that can happen to me) so I had to modify it.  Honesty, if you are going to make it I would start with  Tracy’s beautiful recipe.  Because even though I adore my silly adaptation of it, I have a feeling hers is Gold.  Gold I tell you!

I started with these amazingly delicious chocolate pumpkin cupcakes.

Then progressed to a beautifully sweet pumpkin spice buttercream.

Pumpkin Buttercream


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 - 5 cups powder sugar


  1. Cream together butter and shortening until well combined. (about 2-3 minutes)
  2. Add pumpkin puree and cinnamon and blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Start adding powder sugar, one cup at a time, until reach desired consistency and taste. (Yes, that means you need to be sampling it as you go. Lick that spoon girl!)
  4. Add milk in when you need too, probably after second cup of powder sugar.
  5. Add a little at first and then more as needed.


From here I wanted to add a fun seasonal embellishment… so I decided to throw some Halloween inspired chocolate treats on top!

These are SO easy.


Draw your design onto a piece of paper with a Sharpie or dark marker.  Melt some chocolate in a pastry bag.


Slip the paper behind a piece of parchment (or wax paper) and pipe melted chocolate over the drawing.

Let sit for a couple hours or pop in the freezer for two minutes.


Then simply place on your cupcake!

Oh.  I almost forgot.

When my official taste tester arrived home from work I asked him what he thought and he said, “Really sweet.”  So then I added some Pink Sea Salt to the top of my cupcake and it was fantastic.  If you happen to have any kosher salt or flaked sea salt on hand, I recommend trying a small amount and seeing what you think! :)


I recently asked some of you brilliant bakers about your favorite frosting’s… if you want to weigh in or just see all the decadent and delicious options shared, just visit the  iambaker facebook page!




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  1. says

    I love pumpkin anything and I know the both of you are great bakers, so I’m going with anything from you two is pretty much the gold standard.

  2. Lucy Lean says

    I just love these chocolate toppers – so easy and yet so GREAT! I will be doing this for every cupcake with the different theme according to the season – THANK YOU!

  3. fran n va says

    Please share your Halloween toppers with us so that we can download. I can’t draw with a lick! Please don’t forget to tell us how to get the ghost inside the cake. I am anxious to make it next week for Halloween. Thanks

  4. says

    Those look and sound so great. I am so going to try the salt, we got some pink salt and I had no idea what to do with it until now.

  5. Possible Baker says

    Great job with the toppers! Halloween-y, but not too spooky:) because I am a wuss when it comes to spooky! I love love that frosting can be created in a million different flavors….including pumpkin!

  6. says

    Too creative and cute!! Whenever I see posts like this I truly miss having little boys… hmmm… may have to go and adopt some of the neighbors just so I can make these cupcakes!!


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