I love coming up with easy cupcake decorating ideas that kids can help out with – especially ideas that look super cute when we’re done, like these Perfectly Cute Pumpkin Cupcakes!
So, I have to get this out of the way – these are not pumpkin cupcakes, not pumpkin-flavored anyways. As much as my daughter loves all things pumpkin spice (as evidenced by our growing collection of pumpkin spice recipes – like our Pumpkin Spice Cookies or Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats), I quickly overdose on the stuff early in the season.
These are cute vanilla cupcakes styled to look like little pumpkins and they look super cute laid out for a party or a classroom snack – letting the kids “pick their pumpkins.”
It would also be fun to decorate these as part of a fall party or an activity for the kids on Thanksgiving.
How to Make Pumpkin-Style Cupcakes
First, gather your ingredients:
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the vanilla buttercream:
1 cup butter, softened
3-4 cups icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy, about 2 minutes; beat in eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Set aside.
Place softened butter into a bowl and beat in 2 cups of icing sugar. Add 2 Tablespoons heavy cream and vanilla.
Spread the frosting on the cupcakes using an offset spatula.
These cute pumpkin cupcakes were a total hit at our recent fall get-together with friends, and were no stress when making with the kids beforehand. A definite “win” in the kid’s recipe department.
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