Pumpkin Rose Cupcakes

The Story:

I walked into a bagel shop the other day and was completely attacked by pumpkin.  3 types of pumpkin bagels, pumpkin schmear, pumpkin poppers, pumpkin drinks, pumpkin, pumpkin, PUMPKIN!

It was too much.

Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin but too much too fast is a bad idea.  I mean, it’s still September! So here is a little hint of pumpkin to start off the season right.[end-story]

Pumpkin Rose Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Pumpkin Rose Cupcakes


Vanilla Spice Cake:
1 box white cake mix
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs
1/3 C. oil
1 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pumpkin Buttercream:
1 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-4 C. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix and pumpkin pie spice together and set aside.
3. Combine all other cake ingredients until smooth.
4. Stir in cake mix and spices and fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 17-22 minute or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Buttercream: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract and slow yard powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add pumpkin puree and beat. Add more powdered sugar if it becomes too thin.
7. Pipe buttercream onto cupcake like roses, see below for link to photo tutorial.

Rose Piping Tutorial

14 thoughts on “Pumpkin Rose Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Bailey says:

    oh my goodness, you’re right! these look delicious!! a quick question-if you have to bring, say a dozen, cupcakes to a function, how do you package them to take them there?

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    Allison says:

    I made these for a potluck, and they got rave reviews! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Roxanne says:

    i made these yesterday and took them to work with me. everyone raved about the flavor. what a great recipe!! <3

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    Kiera Conway says:

    They look great!
    Just wanted to ask, how do you pipe them?
    Do you start from the middle, working your way outwards or vice versa??
    Thank you! 🙂

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    Jennifer says:

    You are an artist! Your cupcakes are beautiful and delicious! Thank you for sharing your talents!

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    Cindy says:

    When you use butter in your recipes do you use butter sticks? Do you use unsalted or only if specified to make unsalted.

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    Chelsey says:

    I made these for work today and everyone LOVED them!!

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    Stef says:

    So do you make the white cake mix with the instructions on the back of the box, and then add all of the other ingredients too, or do you just use the cake mix and only add the ingredients you listed?

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    Jewels says:

    I have made these cupcakes 3 times and they are always a hit. People at work request these almost every week! I add orange food dye to the batter to make it more festive and use orange sprinkles and a pumpkin mellowcreme candies for decoration 🙂

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