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Pumpkin Cake & Cupcake Decorating Ideas

Updated on December 18, 2015

Beautifully Decorated Pumpkin Cakes & Cupcakes

Pumpkin cake and cupcake decorating ideas to create beautifully decorated desserts. Pumpkin cakes and cupcakes are the perfect edible treat for your Fall and Halloween themed parties.

Find ideas for creating a 3D pumpkin cake, mini pumpkin cakes, a Jackolantern cake and pumpkin themed cupcakes. Discover directions for completing you cakes from start to finish.

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3D Pumpkin Cake - Jack O' Lantern

Decorate with Vines

This fondant decorated pumpkin looks almost too good to eat. The decorator seems to use 4 different colors of fondant. The orange for the pumpkin has lines indented on the pumpkin. The stem is created out of brown fondant. The leaves and vines are constructed with green. The jack-o'-lanterns face is simply done with black.

The vines give the cake a more realistic look. I love that the cake looks like it was just pulled out of a pumpkin patch ready to celebrate Halloween. The little pumpkins that surround the bigger cake help create the pumpkin patch design.

Image reproduced under CCBY2.0 license.

How to Decorate a Pumpkin Cake

My favorite place to find great how to articles on cake decorating is at the website. I found it very helpful when I was working on my first fondant cake. They have a great selection of articles on how to decorate a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern cake.

One of their somewhat easy cake designs is the Peppy Pumpkin Patch Cake. It features a 3D Jack-O-Lantern design. The pages gives you step by step instructions on how to create this cute pumpkin cake.

Another place I love to get ideas for cake decorating is pinterest. There is a board called Pumpkin Birthday Cakes that showcases a collection of pumpkin designed cakes. From pumpkin carriages to stacked 3 tier pumpkin cakes you will find lots of ideas to create the perfect fall themed cake.

3D Nordic Ware Pumpkin Cake Pan

To create a beautiful 3 dimensional pumpkin cake for a harvest party or a 3 dimensional jack-o-lantern for a Halloween party you need to start with the proper baking pan. The Nordic 3D pumpkin cake pan is essential for crafting a realistic looking pumpkin cake.

Nordic Ware 3D Great Pumpkin Pan
Nordic Ware 3D Great Pumpkin Pan
The Nordic Ware 3D cast aluminum baking pan will help to create an evenly baked pumpkin. The cast aluminum baking pan allows for finer details to be applied. The reflecting exterior 3D Nordic Ware Pumpkin pan with coating for easy release makes removing the cake a snap.

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Edible Pumpkin Cake Topper

One way to make a beautiful pumpkin themed cake easily is with an edible cake topper . All you need to do is peel the design off the backing and place it on to your pre iced cake. The topper should blend with your own icing.

This is a good approach if you are concerned about your own decorating skills or are short on time and would like to give your cake a professional look quickly.

Icing a Pumpkin Cupcake

To decorate your.pumpkin cupcakes you will need to pipe on an orange base and a green stem. You can add orange sparkles or sprinkles. Pipe on two black triangles for eyes and add a black toothy grin to transform your pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern.

You can always take the fondant route and cut out pieces of colored fondant to make your pumpkin design. Then again, there are always cupcake toppers to add, be them edible or not.

For exact instructions on how to construct pumpkin themed cupcakes check out the links below.

Photo Credits

Happy Halloween Image from Free Halloween Clip Art by artbymichelle

Pumpkin divider derived from public domain image.

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      7 years ago

      These are so cool and a great decorating idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Mary Stephenson 

      8 years ago from California

      Really cute Halloween cake decorating.

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      8 years ago

      These are some great ideas for halloween--thanks

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      8 years ago

      I love the way you have decorated.

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      8 years ago

      Aahh! Those cupcakes have made me hungry.. Extremely well built lens.. :)

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      Oh, I love those jack o lantern cupcakes! All of this looks so yummy!

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      8 years ago

      I like Pumpkin filled cupcakes. Great lens. I am Squidliking your lens for the Halloween Quest this week.

    • gatornic15 profile image


      8 years ago

      Cute cupcake ideas for Fall! Blessed


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