Fall Pumpkin Pie Spiced Buttercream Cucpcakes


These cupcakes are super fun!  Nothing difficult at all, yet they look fancy smancy ;) Perfect for the Thanksgiving/Fall Holiday upon us!!

This is definitely a “cheater cake” recipe. Except for the frosting everything else is from a mix ;)

Let’s start with assembling the Acorns. :)

You will need MINI sized Nilla Wafers….

Chocolate Kisses….

Mini Chocolate Chips….

Buttercream frosting…. (any frosting– or I have been told you can use Nutella as well)

Add a dab of frosting to the bottom side of the kiss….
Stick on 1 of the Nilla wafers. Do the same with the mini chocolate chip. I used a toothpick to put on a dab of frosting on the back of the wafer then added the chip onto it.  Allow time for the frosting to harden and it will hold your Acorn well.

Pretty easy and SOOO CUTE on top of a cupcake!!!

Now… on to the pumpkin spiced filled cupcake…..

Simply baked up a batch of yellow cupcakes exactly as the box says.

Then using a small cutter, we pulled out  the middles of all the cupcakes so we could then fill it with…..

Pumpkin Pie instant pudding….. (have you tried the new flavor?? TO DIE FOR!!! YUM!!!!)

We simply spooned in the pudding into the centers. You could put the pudding into a pastry bag if you wish, but our small spoon did the trick.

Now on to making the pumpkin pie buttercream frosting….. (my favorite part!!!)

2 sticks of room temperature butter, pumpkin pie spice, french vanilla creamer (you can use water or milk etc) and not showed powdered sugar.

In your mixer- beat your 2 sticks of room temperature butter. (Do not soften it in the microwave you will not get very good buttercream)

Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Add in 1 tablespoon of the creamer and 2 more cups of powder sugar. Mix very well. If your buttercream is too thick you can slowly add in a few more 1/2 teaspoons of creamer at a time till you get the consistency you want. I like my buttercream to be pretty thick.

Not sure if you can tell how thick it is- but I like it THICK. HAHA

Cut the tip off the end of my pastry bag, and insert the frosting tip. I do not use a coupling or screw. Just drop the tip in. It won’t go anywhere :)

I then drop the tip/end of the bag into a tall glass and peel the edge down over the side to get ready to fill my bag with buttercream.

Lots of yummy buttercream being filled into the bag.

Then I just pipe the frosting right onto the cupcakes. Starting from the outside and working to the middle. I can do 2 dozen cupcakes in about a minute. Very easy / fast and looks so professional :)

Add an acorn to the top and now you have a fall festive cupcake!!! :)

The next day- I needed to deliver a few of them to friends. Just dropping by to say hello to them– and wanted an easy way to take them with me and look cute.

Thanks to Lizard and Ladybug – and her inspirational cupcake cup holders.

I had only the small clear cups and LOVE how they turned out.

I used white coffee filters and raffia for mine.

Drop 1 cupcake into each of the 9 oz cups.

Coffee filter on top…

Tie on a piece of raffia and you now have a cute way to take your cupcakes to friends unharmed. What I forgot to take a photo of the cups fit into my cupcake baking pan. So I put them all back into the pan and carried the pan to the car so it didnt slide around all my cupcakes when I drove to all my friends homes to give them a few each :)

Love how they all turned out!!

I think I am going to make some for my daughters class :) She loved having the acorns on the top- and I have so many mini wafers left that need to be used up. :)

Happy Baking!!

12 Responses to Fall Pumpkin Pie Spiced Buttercream Cucpcakes
  1. Angie D
    November 14, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Oh, thank you so much for this recipe!! My assigned item for Devon’s class feast on Friday is a dessert. I’m thinking I’ll make a batch of these, maybe some chocolate ones, too. Use regular buttercream icing but tinted for that fall look. You’re awesome!!

  2. Angie D
    November 14, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Forgot to add something. I hosted a baby shower this weekend, and we served cupcakes instead of a cake. When people were leaving we sent home some cupcakes with them. I didn’t have the small cups, but cut down some Solo cups to fit. Everyone loved the idea!! I promptly told them I got it from a friend who does the most amazing things. HeeHee

  3. staci @ lizard & ladybug
    November 14, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    These look and sound delicious!! I’m planning on doing the acorns for our Thanksgiving & my son’s class party!

    Thanks so much for the shout out too :)

  4. Megan
    November 15, 2011 | 12:14 am

    I usually make cupcakes for Thanksgiving. I think I might have to give these a try.

  5. MegaCrafty
    November 15, 2011 | 9:42 am

    Yum those look great- and I love the acorns!

  6. Jen
    November 17, 2011 | 11:09 pm

    Hi, me again! Once again you have created a delicious treat that will be featured on my site. You never disappoint!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  7. Angie D
    November 18, 2011 | 2:06 pm

    Just gotta tell you, you & Chad are AMAZING!! And such a blessing to know!! I made the cupcakes for school today. They got nothing but raves!! I also stole your idea of using the plastic drink cups to hold cupcakes that people took with them. Awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  8. Megan Brooke
    November 22, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    I actually made those acorns for a fall party recently. I love them on top of these cupcakes. Such a cute idea! And the cupcakes sound super yummy.

  9. Sharon
    November 22, 2011 | 9:36 pm

    I made these a few days ago. I couldn’t find the pumpkin pudding, so I just mixed some canned pumpkin in with cheesecake pudding. They were awesome. To attach the acorns I used the frosting in the can with the nozzle. The cups with the coffee filters were perfect for my kids who were handing them out to 25 people. Great recipe!

  10. Angela W
    November 22, 2011 | 11:43 pm

    Any way of getting a printer-friendly version of this recipe? I totally love the acorns and your inspired packaging!!

  11. Debrah M.
    September 8, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    The acorns I have made and they were a hit (don’t remember what I put them on). Can’t wait to make the cupcakes. Great fall idea.

  12. Chel
    November 18, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    I love this idea! Also saw the acorns, recently, made with mini Nutter Butter cookies. I’ll make them of whichever I find first!
    Thanks for these great ideas. There are several things I learned from your tutorial. You are a very creative person!

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