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Pumpkin Cupcakes
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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Make pumpkin cupcakes that are sweetly decorated so each one resembles a pumpkin.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 327kcal


For the cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix 15.25 oz
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature
  • cup water
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

For the frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 sticks
  • 4 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cream or milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Orange and green food coloring
  • 24 Tootsie Rolls for decoration


For the cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 24 cupcake liners in two (12 cup) muffin pans. Set aside. Place all of the cupcake ingredients in a large bowl. With an electric mixer, stir on low speed to combine (30 seconds). Turn up to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Use a muffin scoop or ice cream scoop to place batter into each cupcake liner. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle of cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.

For the frosting

  • Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla extract with the mixer running. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if mixture is too thick. Take out ½ cup of frosting and place in a separate bowl to color green. Color remaining frosting orange. Place green frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a #5 tip. Place orange frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a #1M tip. Pipe orange frosting on each cupcake in a circular motion. Add one Tootsie Roll to the top of each cupcake. Pipe green vines on top of each Tootsie Roll "stem". Store covered at room temperature for 1 day or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.



Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 1960IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg