These pumpkin cupcakes make perfect gifts to anyone big or small during the season of fall or Halloween. I’ve used my pumpkin spiced apple cupcakes recipe and frosted them with delicious vanilla buttercream then decorated them to look like pumpkins. These fondant pumpkin cupcake decorating ideas are surprisingly easy to recreate with my step by step video tutorial.
Nothing says fall is here more than pumpkins? Right? Go to the supermarket and they are everywhere! Not to mention the soft cold breeze blowing in unlike the hot oven like air in summer. It’s beginning to get cooler here, days are shorter too. I know it’s still not as early as the rest of the world but here it stays warmer a bit longer. Last year we had warm weather quite close to the end of October.
Aren’t these cute? I made these recently as little gifts to give Aadi and Rhea’s teacher for the New Year – Rosh Ha Shana. I’m always fascinated with the look I get from people to who I give such gifts.
About this recipe
Today, I have used my pumpkin spice apple cupcakes recipe.
But if you are not into apples or pumpkin spice you can try just about any other of my cupcakes recipes such as one bowl vanilla cupcakes, vanilla sour cream cupcakes, one-bowl chocolate, white chocolate cupcakes, chocolate fudge cupcakes. These are just to name a few.
Today I have used my Velvet Buttercream Recipe but you can also use my Swiss Meringue Buttercream or Italian Meringue Buttercream Recipe.
Again, I am using just vanilla flavor today but you can explore that option too! I have shared with you how you can take your one basic vanilla buttercream recipe and create many different flavors.
Almost any buttercream frosting will work with these cupcakes.
How to decorate pumpkin cupcakes
I wanted to make pumpkins of course and I had all these ideas in my head. I could not decide which to make. So I made 4 of each. They were so cute and easy I had to show you how so in the video, I give you five different pumpkin cupcake decorating ideas.
For youtube and my blog, I made one large video with all the five cupcakes together. On Instagram and Facebook I, of course, split them into five videos. The bites size videos work better on Social Media I think. SO as seen in the 19-minute video ( I know long but hope you will not complain)
5 different pumpkin cupcake decorating ideas
The first is the classic Domed Cupcake which looks like half a pumpkin sitting on top of a cupcake.
The Second is the smaller dome with the cupcakes horizontal
The third is this almost full pumpkin which is my favorite of them all.
The fourth is these cute toppers for those who would prefer to have little bit size cupcakes.
The fifth and last one is this bundle of three pumpkins. I know.. ! How cute.. big dome too!
What was fun when this was done is everybody had their own favorite.
I love the third cupcakes which had the big cupcake on top.
Rhea loved the small domed pumpkins lying down, while
Aadi’s favorite was the classic domed cupcakes,
Ziv loves the little toppers which he thinks are cute so he gets to take those to his friends.
My neighbor was a bit fan of the fifth cluster of pumpkins bunch.
Frequently asked questions
Cupcake in general have a short shelf life as they tend to dry out easily.
The shelf life of these cupcakes depends on the cupcake recipe and filling you use. If you choose non-perishable cupcake recipe then these will stay at room temperature for about 2 to 3 days. If you choose perishable fillings please store them in the fridge.
Any cupcake recipe is fine as long as they can hold a large dollop of frosting on top. Simple, butter-based cupcakes like my
One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes, One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes, One Recipe Three Cupcakes Flavors, Vanilla Sour Cream Cupcakes, Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting would work great.
Any homemade or commercial fondant works just find. If you want you can make a quick homemade fondant with marshmallows just for this project. Store any leftovers in the freezer for next time.
If you don’t have petal dust you can use orange and green color fondant. Make some orange or green pumpkins, marble some to create a marbled effect too.
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- 5 Cupcakes (or more)
- 200 grams Buttercream (or more)
- 200 grams fondant (or more)
- Bake your favorite cupcake recipe – see my recipes linked above
- Cool cupcakes. Make sure they are completely cold.
- Use an ice cream scooper and add a dollop of buttercream on top of each cupcake
- Use a spatula to smooth the buttercream into a dome
- Set in the fridge to cool for 15 minutes
Decorate with fondant
- Roll fondant to about 1/8-inch thickness
- Cut a disc using a 3 inch cookie cutter
- Place on the cupcake and smooth with the palm of your hands.
- Design and shape individual cupcakes as shown in the video.
1 lb = 453 grams, 1 cup = 240 ml, 1 stick = 113g, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp= 5 ml,
The nutrition information and metric conversion are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee its accuracy. If this data is important to you please verify with your trusted nutrition calculator. Thank you