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Hi there Skip to My Lou friends! I’m Liz and I blog over at Liz on Call. It’s a place for busy moms (and dads) to find simple and inexpensive recipes, crafts, DIY, gift and party ideas. I’m a mom to 3 busy kids and I always find myself on call. I’m so excited to be sharing with you all today these super cute pumpkin cupcakes.
Fall is my favorite season, although living in Phoenix we don’t see much of it here. I love the fall colors the most and of course all the delicious baked goodies! I love trying out new recipes and food ideas during this time of year. And I don’t hear much complaining from the neighbors who get to sample all the yumminess when I make too much. Which is EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. 🙂 These pumpkin cupcakes were just that. A new recipe that I wanted to try. Not just the cute way to decorate the cupcakes, but the cupcakes themselves. Yes! They actually taste like pumpkin too!
I found these cute paper cups at a party shop, but you could use just plain orange too. Once your cupcakes are baked and cooled, it’s time to decorate! I used a big ice cream scoop (about 1/4 cup) to scoop my frosting. I used my cinnamon cream cheese frosting for these cupcakes. It goes so well with the pumpkin. I placed one scoop of frosting onto each cupcake. Then I poured some orange sugar crystals into a bowl and carefully turned the cupcake upside down or on it’s side and rolled the frosting into the crystal until all the frosting was coated. It takes a gentle hand to do this or your cupcakes will look more flat than round on the top.
Here’s a tip: once the frosting is entirely coated with crystals, it won’t stick to your fingers if you need to help shape it a little bit on top.
Once the frosting is coated, I used broken pretzel pieces for the stems. One of my favorite things about real pumpkins are the crazy stems. I love looking at all the different shapes and sizes. And the pretzels reminded me of that.
I used the side of a toothpick to make the score marks in the frosting so that it would look more like an actually pumpkin shape. And then they are ready to serve!
Pumpkin Cupcakes: by Liz Call
1 white box cake mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
Pour batter into cupcake liners.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
These pumpkin cupcakes will be a hit at your next Halloween or even Fall get together. You could add some chocolate chips to make it a jack-o-lantern if you wanted.
Thanks for letting share this fun idea with you today. I’d love for you to stop by and say hello or even check out my latest creations or adventures at Liz on Call. If you like sweet treats perfect for a party, like these cupcakes, you might want to check out these other recipes.