Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers

filed under: Miscellaneous on October 20, 2011
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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
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins

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

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Pumpkin Buttercream
    Servings: 6 servings
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    • 3/4 cup shortening
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
    • 1/2 teaspoon 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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  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Adorable, adorable, adorable! I especially love the spiderwebs!!!

  • Shelly says:

    Okay, I made them last evening. I am not an especially good baker, as my husband will attest. When he tasted these, he was in disbelief. These are possibly the best cupcake I have ever tasted let alone made. The frosting with the cinnamon and pumpkin made it especially interesting! Great recipe! Thank you so much for making me appear to be a baker!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    These look divine… And, the toppers are so adorable! 🙂

  • Glenys @ Cupcake City says:

    I love your handmade toppers, and they really seem easy to do. With Shelly’s comment above / rave 🙂 I’ll have to give the recipe a try too!

  • Jenny says:

    Your Magnolia swirl is pretty perfect!!

  • ねこちゃん says:

    oh my those look so delicious! Their top turned out all flat and the white cream on top gives it an elegant touch. I love how you made the Halloween decoration!

  • Caramel Cookie says:

    That looks scrumptious!!. And, the toppers are so adorable! 🙂

  • Lucy says:

    Wow! I made these too a few days ago http://tanadeidolci.blogspot.it/2012/10/halloween-cupcakes.html
    I think yours turned out better though!

  • Sue {munchkin munchies} says:

    These sound heavenly, but look spooky:)

  • Sheree says:

    Can you tell me where you get the Minnesota twins stencil for the cookies? Wanting to make these for my grandsons birthday

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I free-hand piped it 🙂

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