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How to Make a Cupcake Pumpkin Cake

Updated on May 1, 2015
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I love cooking & creating my own fun food masterpieces. I also enjoy sharing my own recipes including my decorative cake & cupcake tutorials

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The Cupcake Pumpkin Cake

You will be amazed at how easy it is to make this awesome cupcake pumpkin!

This pumpkin, made with mini cupcakes, is a lovely decoration for your Halloween table. It is also a delicious cupcake treat

The Cupcake Pumpkin is certain to be the talk of your Halloween party!



Cupcake Pumpkin
Cupcake Pumpkin | Source
Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes | Source

How to Begin Your Cupcake Pumpkin

Since this article is about decorating and arranging the cupcakes to look like a pumpkin, we are going to start with the cupcakes already baked, cooled and ready for decorating.

One note about cooking your cupcakes, remember that miniature cupcakes only require about 8 min. to bake. Use a toothpick to determine exact length of baking time. When a toothpick poked in the center of the cupcake comes out clean, the cupcake is ready.

My Cupcake Baking Pan

Baker's Secret 116424001 Basics Nonstick 24-Cup Mini Muffin Pan
Baker's Secret 116424001 Basics Nonstick 24-Cup Mini Muffin Pan

This is definitely one of my favorite baking secrets!

It is perfect for baking mini cupcakes or muffins and it is dishwasher safe.

Oh, also, it is very reasonably priced!

 

Ingredients Needed to Decorate a Cupcake Pumpkin

  • 24 Chocolate Miniature Cupcakes in
  • Brown Cupcake baking liners
  • White Frosting
  • Black Frosting / Icing
  • Food Coloring
  • Green Sanding Sugar
  • Black Sanding Sugar
  • Black Serving Tray(optional)
  • Soak proof Foam Paper Plate

Step by Step Instructions for a Cupcake Pumpkin

Step 1: Assemble 22 mini cupcakes in the shape of a pumpkin, placing the largest cupcakes for the eyes and nose. (as shown)

Step 2: Cut 3 triangles out of soak proof styrofoam paper plate.

Step 3: Place a triangle on each eye cupcake and on the nose cupcake.

Step 4: Color approx. 2 teaspoons of frosting green.

Step 5: Color remaining frosting orange.*

Step 6: Frost the 22 pumpkin cupcakes with the orange frosting. Frost them as one large "cake."

Step 7: Carefully remove the Styrofoam triangles.

Step 8: With the edge of a butter knife or spoon, draw a mouth pattern by removing the orange frosting for mouth.

Step 9: Frost the Eyes, Nose and Mouth with Black Frosting.

Step 10: Carefully sprinkle the Eyes, Nose and Mouth with Black Sanding Sugar. **

Step 11: Frost the remaining two mini cupcakes with Green Frosting.

Step 12: Cover the green cupcakes with green sanding sugar and place them at the top of the pumpkin for the stem.


* If you do not have orange food coloring, combine 3 parts yellow and 2 parts red for orange color.

** It is easier to place a small pile of sanding sugar in the center of the eyes and nose, then using the tip of a spoon, gently push the sanding sugar to cover the black area.

Step by Step Photos of How to Decorate a Cupcake Pumpkin

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Arrange 22 mini cupcakes in the shape of a pumpkin, placing the largest cupcakes for the eyes and nose.Cut triangles for eyes and nose.Place a triangle on each eye cupcake and on the nose cupcake.Color approx. 2 teaspoons of frosting green.Color remaining frosting orange.Frost the 22 pumpkin cupcakes with the orange frosting. Frost them as one large "cake."Carefully remove the Styrofoam triangles and draw a mouth pattern.Frost the Eyes, Nose and Mouth with Black Frosting and carefully sprinkle them with Black Sanding Sugar.Frost the remaining two mini cupcakes with Green Frosting and cover them with green sanding sugar.Place the green cupcakes at the top of the pumpkin for the stem.
Arrange 22 mini cupcakes in the shape of a pumpkin, placing the largest cupcakes for the eyes and nose.
Arrange 22 mini cupcakes in the shape of a pumpkin, placing the largest cupcakes for the eyes and nose. | Source
Cut triangles for eyes and nose.
Cut triangles for eyes and nose. | Source
Place a triangle on each eye cupcake and on the nose cupcake.
Place a triangle on each eye cupcake and on the nose cupcake. | Source
Color approx. 2 teaspoons of frosting green.
Color approx. 2 teaspoons of frosting green. | Source
Color remaining frosting orange.
Color remaining frosting orange. | Source
Frost the 22 pumpkin cupcakes with the orange frosting. Frost them as one large "cake."
Frost the 22 pumpkin cupcakes with the orange frosting. Frost them as one large "cake." | Source
Carefully remove the Styrofoam triangles and draw a mouth pattern.
Carefully remove the Styrofoam triangles and draw a mouth pattern. | Source
Frost the Eyes, Nose and Mouth with Black Frosting and carefully sprinkle them with Black Sanding Sugar.
Frost the Eyes, Nose and Mouth with Black Frosting and carefully sprinkle them with Black Sanding Sugar. | Source
Frost the remaining two mini cupcakes with Green Frosting and cover them with green sanding sugar.
Frost the remaining two mini cupcakes with Green Frosting and cover them with green sanding sugar. | Source
Place the green cupcakes at the top of the pumpkin for the stem.
Place the green cupcakes at the top of the pumpkin for the stem. | Source
Cupcake Pumpkin
Cupcake Pumpkin | Source

A Note About the Brown Mini Cupcake Liners

The brown mini cupcake liners were not easy to find. As a matter of fact, I could not purchase them locally. I had to purchase them online.

The mini cupcake liners need to have approximately 1¼" - 1⅜" base. These cupcake liners appear to meet the necessary criteria.

Because time was a huge factor for me, I personally purchased my liners from the store listed below. However, the shipping was extremely expensive. I paid $14.95 in S&H for 6 packages of brown liners. I will say though, the liners arrived quickly and they were perfect.

Petal Crafts

My Original Inspiration

Gooseberry Patch Halloween
Gooseberry Patch Halloween

This book was a birthday gift to me from my mother.

Let me tell you, it is absolutely fabulous!!!

There are so many recipes and craft ideas that I want to make, I could easily be busy until my next birthday :)

 

Thank you for stopping by!

Do Come Back and See Me Again!

~ Sylvestermouse ~



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Will You Be Decorating a Cupcake Pumpkin for Halloween?

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    • BarbRad profile image

      Barbara Radisavljevic 10 months ago from Templeton, CA

      Cute idea with easy-to-follow instructions.

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 10 months ago from Arkansas USA

      What an adorable Halloween dessert!

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      costumediva 3 years ago

      Looks sooooo tasty! I'm off to the kitchen to make my own! :-)

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      Cheryl Kohan 4 years ago from Minnesota

      So cute and so easy...brilliant!

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      LaurenIM 4 years ago

      Hah! great tip on the brown cupcake liners!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Yes, I've already got the ingredients down on my list!! It's easy but effective looking and that's exactly what I need with so much else to do!

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Just stopping back by with a little Angel Dust for this great creative cake!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      You are so clever with your cupcake designs and explain your designs so well in words and photographs! This cupcake pumpkin is perfect for a Halloween party and serving becomes ultra-easy because there is no 'cake-cutting' needed!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Oh this is great and the instructions so perfect! Love all the pictures and the happy face on the pumpkin.

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      I just love this idea! I may have to make a cupcake pumpkin for Halloween this year!

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      ideadesigns 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your DIY pumpkin cupcake cake!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What an Interesting Idea!!

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      Dianne Loomos 4 years ago

      Your cupcake pumpkin is so cute! Looks pretty easy to do as well.

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      boutiqueshops 4 years ago

      I hadn't seen this done before~it's so CUTE! Love it!

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      You are definitely our cupcake queen! When should I go over and share it with you?

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I have thought about doing something similar to this in the past, but I hadn't thought about trying a pumpkin design.

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      cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

      Pull apart pumpkin cupcakes! Excellent cupcake ideas.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I am dying to try making a cupcake cake.. so far I haven't got up the gumption to try it! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      looks delicious and yummy

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      Looks good enough to eat!

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