These Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes are a Fun Fall Treat!

These pumpkin cupcakes are so super easy to make that the kids were basically in charge. These are perfect for a quick classroom or party treat.

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I feel like this pumpkin cupcakes recipe is the easiest way to make cupcakes for fall. Chocolate? Check. Yummy frosting recipe? You bet. Adorable cupcakes? Of course!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love an easy cupcake recipe. There’s no way that this girl is making complicated cupcakes – even if mine look complex, I assure you they’re going to be easy peasy.

I have no shame with my cupcake game – these mini cakes are the best dessert and such a fun way to get creative in the kitchen. This recipe for pumpkin cupcakes is no exception.


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I may have gone down the lane of “too simple” but is that really possible? The little one decorated about half of these cupcake pumpkins and that meant we got to spend some time bonding, too. Let’s get started with this easy recipe.

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Tips to Make Easy Cupcake Decorations

  • Start with your favorite chocolate cupcakes. I love my lazy girl chocolate cupcake recipe because it’s a no-fail cupcake that is rich and moist, fluffy and fun.
  • There is no food coloring trick for getting intense color in that orange. The magic is in using gel food coloring like this. The typical water-based food coloring that you have in your spice cabinet since 1990 just won’t cut it. Make it easy on yourself and grab some gel-based colorants because a bright orange won’t happen easily without it.
  • It’s up to you whether you use buttercream icing or cream cheese icing. Canned icing is also 100% a good idea. I keep at least one can in the pantry for cupcake emergencies… But for this easy pumpkin cupcake recipe, I wanted to use a homemade buttercream because it’s my favorite.
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Easy, Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Cupcakes

Below is the written and printable recipe. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments or you can join the Facebook group here.

Yield: 12 Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

pumpkin cupcakes for fall

I adore these fun pumpkin cupcakes. They're a great fall treat that the kids can help you make and enjoy together!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Doubling up on paper liners is always a good idea. 
  2. Make the lazy girl's chocolate cupcake batter and fill each cupcake liner about halfway full.
  3. Bake in the oven for between 18-20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes and allow to cool fully before frosting.
  4. While the cupcakes are cooking, make the frosting. Using a stand mixer, combine the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream and mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form. 
  5. Add several drops of orange gel food coloring. Stir to combine. Depending on how 'orange' you want your frosting, you may want to continue adding drops to make the frosting more orange in color. 
  6. Generously frost each cupcake in a single layer with the orange frosting. The easy way to frost these cupcakes are to use a knife and create a swirl before you pick it up.
  7. Use a shish kabob skewer to gently make a hole in the top side of each cupcake then insert 1 pretzel stick to look like a pumpkin stem. 
  8. Finally, place a leaf on each cupcake for a final touch before enjoying! photo collage tutorial of how to make pumpkin cupcakes


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 476mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 1gSugar: 44gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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