Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers

filed under: Miscellaneous on October 20, 2011

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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  • 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!!

  • Katrina says:

    *Really* sweet is fine by me. But I will try with sea salt too 😉

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    *Really* sweet is fine by me. But I will try with sea salt too 😉

  • Elizabeth says:

    WHAT?! You are a genius. Can’t wait to make these!!!

  • Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen says:

    WHAT?! You are a genius. Can’t wait to make these!!!

  • Georgia Pellegrini says:

    I wish I could write with chocolate like that! I can hardly write my name, but Halloween decorations? WOW.

  • Christy D says:

    Cute idea! How do you get your chocolate to be smooth when decorating/writing with it? I’ve tried and had a hard time/a sore thumb and wrist.

  • linda says:

    you are so talented!!

  • Cupcakes Plain and Fancy says:

    What a great idea! I’ve used a similar technique to make spider webs, but never thought about other possible designs. Thanks for sharing! It’s brilliant!

  • Lorie says:

    YUM! I see some cinnamon rolls with pumpkin buttercream in my future!

  • Paula says:

    Very cute cupcake adornments and the cupcakes themselves look and sound delicious.

  • Liz Childress says:

    I just made these. Instead of the toppers I put chocolate chips in them. I used Tracy’s buttercream with very little cinnamon in it. It was so good that my girlfriend, who is dieting, ate three! Thanks for sharing!

  • S. says:

    Amanda, these are such classy, elegant Halloween cupcakes! How did you pipe the frosting?

  • Lexy Lawrence says:

    I wish you would do a tutorial on how to melt chocolate IN A PASTRY BAG. What size tip do you use? Cute idea. Thanks.

  • Rachel says:

    Wow, what a simple solution for DIY/ custom toppers!

  • Barbara says:

    Absolutely adorable! You are so clever! I’d screw those up totally.

  • Tickled Red says:

    These are adorable! Love the black cat 🙂

  • trisha says:

    thank you for this nice post. This is something that I can involve my daughter (age 7) to do with me – she could easily make the chocolate toppers. Great fun + memories!!

  • Kerry says:

    Those piped chocolate decorations are SO clever – I never would have thought of that, even though it would be so expensive to buy that kind of thing. Would you use regular milk chocolate?

  • Silvia says:

    These designs are great, you found a very smart way of making chocolate toppers, thanks for sharing!!!

  • Nic says:

    Delicious. Love the toppers too.

  • Delicious. Love the toppers too.

  • Jade says:

    Looks so delicious, I will try them sometime.

  • sweetsugarbelle says:

    You had me at pumpkin spice buttercream!!! Love love love pumpkin treats this year!!!!

  • grace says:

    i would never expect you to run out of butter–disaster of all disasters! 🙂

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