Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers

filed under: Cupcakes on October 7, 2018

With Pumpkin Season in full swing, and Halloween just around the corner, these Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers is a great way to celebrate both! If you love cupcakes all year round, (and who doesn’t), try my Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Buttercream.

 

Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers

These cupcakes are the perfect treat for Halloween!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers
Calories: 368 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net
Ingredients
CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN CUPCAKES
  • 1/2 cup (123g) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (245g) canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups (188g) flour
  • 2/3 cup (79g) cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) softened butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 4 Eggs
PUMPKIN BUTTERCREAM
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 - 5 cups (500g-625g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup (61g-123g) milk
Instructions
CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN CUPCAKES
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl combine buttermilk and pumpkin. Just mix together until incorporated.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a mixer, beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  6. Alternating, add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

  7. Mix for 1 minute on low until fully combined.
  8. Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, place batter in prepared cupcake pan.
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Cupcakes are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
PUMPKIN BUTTERCREAM
  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.
  6. Drop a scoop onto each cupcake, and top with your chocolate Halloween toppers!

 

 

Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes

Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers

With Halloween right around the corner, there are never too many options for sweet treats! Plus, the treats have to have some sort of Halloween decore on them, right? Well, I have you covered in both departments–sweet and decorated! Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers are perfect to share at your Halloween parties! No tricks are involved here, just a perfect fall treat!

 

Close-up of Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcake

Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers Recipe

Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers really go back to my Chocolate Pumpkin Cake recipe. After that recipe, there were lots of requests for the cupcake form of the recipe. So, my delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes were made. Then, it all progressed to a beautifully sweet pumpkin spice buttercream.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes Ingredients

  • Buttermilk–Make your own buttermilk for this, and all your recipes that call for buttermilk!
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Flour
  • Cocoa
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs

Pumpkin Buttercream Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Shortening
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Cinnamon
  • Powder sugar
  • Milk

 

Drawings for Chocolate Halloween Toppers for Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes

How to Make Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers

Before you begin to draw your spooky Halloween designs, preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare the cupcake batter to bake. Since this is really a matter of two recipes, the cupcakes and the pumpkin buttercream, I will break it down into two separate sets of directions.

How to Make Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Start by combining the buttermilk and pumpkin in a small bowl. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a mixer, beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla together, adding the eggs one at a time. Now, take turns adding the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the sugar mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture. After mixing everything together for about a minute, take an ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup to pour the batter into your prepared cupcake pan. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

How to Make Pumpkin Buttercream

While the cupcakes are baking, make the pumpkin buttercream. Be ready to taste this as you go! Once you start adding the powder sugar, take it one cup at a time. After each cup of powder sugar is added, taste it! After the second cup or so, you will probably want to start adding some milk until you get the desired consistency. Don’t taste it all, though. You do want some to put on your cupcakes!

 

Chocolate Halloween Toppers for Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes

How to Make the Chocolate Halloween Toppers

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. First, draw your design onto a piece of paper with a Sharpie or dark marker.  Next, melt some chocolate in a pastry bag. Then, slip the paper behind a piece of parchment (or wax paper) and pipe melted chocolate over the drawing. Let sit for a couple of hours or pop them in the freezer for two minutes. Finally, place them on your cupcakes!

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! 🙂

Plates of Pumpkin Buttercream Cupcakes with Chocolate Halloween Toppers

Looking for More Cupcake Recipes?

Cupcakes are a favorite all year long, and I have plenty you can choose from!

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Pie Crust Cutouts

Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

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I recently asked some of you brilliant bakers about your favorite frostings… 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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Comments

  • 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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