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Mini Spice Cake Pumpkins

Updated on November 25, 2012

Mini Spice Pumpkin Cakes for Fall

I enjoy baking, especially for special occasions. Halloween and Thanksgiving are the perfect occasion to bake these sweet mini spice pumpkin cakes for. The cakes are a perfect mixture of a pumpkin pie taste and a moist cupcake.

I came across this recipe online last year and had to try it. The mini cake design makes these cakes a festive idea for a fall party at home or school or to wrap as an individual treat for someone special. These tasty treats are oh so good and cute too!

All photos contained on this page are my own images unless noted otherwise.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 12


  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12 cup mini pumpkin cake or bundt cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, whisk the dry ingredients...flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the granulated sugar on medium speed with a handheld mixer until fluffy. Once fluffy, beat in the egg and vanilla.
  4. 4. Add the dry ingredients and sour cream, half at a time, to the wet mixture in the large bowl.
  5. 5. Spoon the batter into the greased pan, evenly distributing the batter to each of the 12 sections.
  6. 6. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 25 minutes or until the cakes have risen and are slightly golden brown.
  7. 7. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. After cakes have cooled slightly, turn your cake pan upside down onto a rack to allow cakes to cool completely.
  8. Recipe courtesy of Grace Parisi via
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Necessities for Your Pumpkin Treats

Mini Pumpkin Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Pumpkin Patch Muffin Pan, Bronze
Nordic Ware Pumpkin Patch Muffin Pan, Bronze

To make your Mini Spice Cake Pumpkins you will need the proper baking vessel. This mini pumpkin cake pan will give your cakes the perfect pumpkin shape. You can find the pan with only 6 openings rather than 12, but then you will have to do two batches rather than one.


Halloween Food Coloring

Wilton Halloween 2 Color Kit
Wilton Halloween 2 Color Kit

Orange food coloring will be a must to give your pumpkin that perfect orange color. This 2 pack of food coloring by Wilton is perfect to color your pumpkin icing and any other Halloween treats you may be making this year.


Brown Licorice

Twizzlers Chocolate Licorice Twists, 5-Ounce
Twizzlers Chocolate Licorice Twists, 5-Ounce

Until I made this recipe the first time, I had no idea there was such a thing as brown licorice. It is actually chocolate in flavor and quite tasty. This is a necessity to give your pumpkins the finishing touch, the stem.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min

Mini Spice Cake Pumpkin Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup Confectioner sugar
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Orange food coloring
  • 12 - 3 inch pieces of brown licorice


  1. 1. In a bowl, whisk the confectioner sugar, melted butter, and water.
  2. 2. Add in food coloring a little at a time. Make sure to stir and test your color to ensure you achieve the color of orange you are looking for.
  3. 3. Pour glaze over the pumpkins. Spread gently if needed for a more even covering. (If your glaze is too thick you can add a little bit of water to thin it out or if your glaze is too thin you can add a little bit more confectioner sugar to thicken.)
  4. 4. Insert your cut pieces of licorice into the top of each cake to make a stem. You can twist the licorice slightly to achieve a more natural looking stem.
  5. Recipe courtesy of Grace Parisi via
Mini Spice Cake Pumpkins
Mini Spice Cake Pumpkins

This was my first attempt at making the cakes. They are not perfect in look, but once dried they looked very natural and tasted soooo good. Pouring the glaze evenly may take a little practice.

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Do You Bake Goodies for Halloween or Thanksgiving?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These mini pumpkin spice cakes look delicious. I do love to bake at Halloween.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Not for Halloween, but definitely for Thanksgiving. These look adorable and very tasty! Congrats on LotD. Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      Cool treat! blessed.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Adorable AND delicious! I'm on board! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks good to me Thanks. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. We try different recipes every year. And now I've found one for this year. Thanks!

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      julia007 5 years ago

      I seems very delicious! These pictures make me hungry!

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      Look great

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      marijahorvat lm 5 years ago

      Yummy stuff. Great info! Thanx

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      fotolady49 lm 5 years ago

      I usually bake when I have time, so sometimes I don't get it together around holidays. But I love to bake and I can't wait to try your recipe. The little pumkin cakes look yummy and now I'm hungry and wish I could push a button on my computer and one would magically pop out. I love the licorice for the stem too!


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      Jack 5 years ago

      These look delicious. Thanks.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      It seems very delicious!

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      These look great. So creative!

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      VeronicaHaynes 5 years ago

      Yum! Great idea for kindergarden cooking class. Thanks for sharing.

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      These look so yummy! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Natashalh LM 5 years ago

      I used to have a cute pumpkin cake pan, but I haven't seen it in years. Too bad - this recipe seems way better than what I used. I really like the sour cream idea and the glaze recipe. Thanks for putting this together and congrats on LOTD!

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on being awarded LOTD. Nope, as an Aussie, I do not celebrate either of those American holidays. And baking is not my thing either! LOL :-)

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 5 years ago

      Yes! I often bake this kind of goodies in my home. This looks amazing and yummy. I'll surely try this...thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      These look amazing!!! I want to bite them all right now!!!!

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      They look yummy! Thanks for sharing

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Yum, your mini spice cakes look so delicious! :) Yum, thanks for sharing!! This is a great lens.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      These are so cute! and they look delicious as well. What a great fall recipe idea!

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      karen-stephens 5 years ago

      thanks for the pumpkin site...they look very very tasty. I personally LOVE pumpkin cooking..

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      These are just too cute! Congratulations on LoTd :o)

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      Earnlat 5 years ago

      Great recipes are always cool info. I'm not much of a baker, but I'm encouraged to try.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      After reading your lens, I am very tempted to buy the pumpkin patch pan and try out the recipe :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love this idea for pumpkin cupcakes. Congratulations on LotD!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      These Lil' Pumpkins look great! Nice job ~~Blessed~~

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice idea!

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      Kristen Lawrence 5 years ago from Orange County, California, USA

      Autumn is the time to bake new recipes with pumpkin, apples, and squash. I will try your recipe!

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      I'd say your first attempt was very good, they look delicious! I thought this was such a creative idea and edible, too! Congratulations on lotD.

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      MerlinFan 5 years ago

      Love these little treats. I am going to have to try these. They look really cute and I am sure they taste as good as they look! BTW, Congrats on LOTD!

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      DustinJeremiahP 5 years ago

      Why must you make me hungry? These look so good, thanks for sharing! I will have to bookmark this for future reference.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I really must bake up a batch of these perfect little pumpkin cakes. What a wonderful treat! Thank you for sharing such a great holiday recipe and decorating idea. These alone would make a lovely centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table. Congrats on LotD!

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      These little pumpkins are so cute!!! My girls would love them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These look terrific

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      yayas 5 years ago

      I'm not a licorice person, but this recipe for Mini Spice Cake Pumpkins certainly does intrigue me. I just know my good hubby-buddy would love 'em.

      Congratulations on this page being chosen for Lens of the Day! Very well-deserved.

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very cute pumpkin goodies! They look very similar to caramelized apples. Congrats on your awesome Lens of the Day award! Angel Blessings. :)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love autumn holiday season baked goods. What I love about your recipe is that it has pumpkin pie spice but no pumpkin. Sounds really good! Congratulations on your yummy LOTD!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As an interesting read, I recommend it to my lenses.

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Congrats on LOTD! These look great! Blessed.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This looks absolutely delicious. I will be trying these this Halloween. Congrats on the LOTD!

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      congrats to the LOTD...A pitty, but in Belgium "halloween" isn't been celebrating so much...but anyway, I love all US halloween lenses...also yours...learning a lot

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and a yummy recipe!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hate to say it but I don't bake, just consume, and consume, and consume. Seriously, Excellent lens and congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I've got to try these spice cake pumpkins. You've done an excellent job of sharing every detail on how to make them too. Angel Blessings**

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Very Halloween! Gorgeous looking treats.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I absolutely love this idea and have to try it. Thank you! Blessed!

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      DeeStreiner 5 years ago

      Those are adorable and look so yummy! Can't wait to try the recipe.

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      Maia609 5 years ago

      Fantastic idea. Tnx for sharing.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Fantastic! I can't wait to try them. The recipe sounds excellent - I love home made cake. Angel blessings to you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These look absolutely yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      That recipe sounds yummy!! Loved the lens.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      I knew I shouldn't have read this when I was hungry. LOL! These look great. I might have to try them this Halloween.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      looks creative but a bit messy. well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      YOur mini spice cake pumpkins are the cutest thing around for Halloween and Thanksgiving holiday yummy fun...and such a nice size, especially for Thanksgiving when a small dessert is perfect and eyes will be smiling at Halloween parties, yummy cute! You have me wondering if there is a way to sneak some pumpkin in.

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Wow this is awesome! I want to try some! LOL ^_^

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      Margot_C 5 years ago

      Very cute! I was looking for a recipe just this morning and couldn't find anything that struck my fancy. But these seem just the ticket.

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Sometimes I bake but most of the time Mrs. Smith does all the work.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      I haven't in the past, but that may change this year.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      Pumpkins and spice cake and lens of the day, oh my! SquidAngel Blessings.

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      ComfortsOfHome 5 years ago

      I don't bake anything special for Halloween but I might try these little cuties!

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Such cute Mini Spice Cake Pumpkins! We donât celebrate Halloween in my country but they sound delicious so why not making them?

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I bake for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but not for Halloween (except for the week after to make birthday cakes for 2 granddaughters).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I like to make kale pie.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Not for Halloween as the kids get so many treats, However, I do for Thanksgiving. This looks like a great recipe.

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      I don't. I'm a better taster than baker. These look great!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Nope. I do the main dishes and leave the desserts to other people. Nice recipe lens.

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      JuliaAnnPayne 5 years ago

      yep I do for I have 5 children and 9 grandkids that love sweets....