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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: 368kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net



  • 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


  • 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



  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl combine buttermilk and pumpkin. Just mix together until incorporated.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a mixer, beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  • Alternating, add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Mix for 1 minute on low until fully combined.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, place batter in prepared cupcake pan.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes. Cupcakes are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


  • Cream together butter and shortening until well combined. (about 2-3 minutes)
  • Add pumpkin puree and cinnamon and blend for 30 seconds.
  • 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!)
  • Add milk in when you need too, probably after second cup of powder sugar.
  • Add a little at first and then more as needed.
  • Drop a scoop onto each cupcake, and top with your chocolate Halloween toppers!


Calories: 368kcal