How to Make a Pumpkin Cupcake Cake for Halloween

Updated on November 18, 2019
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Pumpkin cupcake cakes make a great addition to any Halloween party!
Pumpkin cupcake cakes make a great addition to any Halloween party!

Easy Halloween Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake for Parties

Need an idea for a fun and easy Halloween dessert to serve at a party or school function? This pull-apart pumpkin cupcake cake is super cute and very easy to make!

Because my cake decorating skills are not the best—and because I am usually running short on time—I like to make simple pull-apart cupcake cakes when one of my kids needs treats for a class party or bake sale. They are less messy to eat and much easier to manage than a regular sheet or layer cake, and each cupcake is the perfect portion size for partygoers.

Follow along as I show you how to make a pumpkin cupcake cake! I used a boxed cake mix to make my cupcakes because I like things simple and easy, but you can use any homemade cupcake recipe that you like. I think pumpkin spice cupcakes with a cream cheese icing would taste divine, especially as a treat for the more mature palate.

Happy Halloween!

What You'll Need

  • 1 box of cake mix
  • Whatever your cake mix calls for (likely eggs, butter, and vegetable oil)
  • Cupcake liners
  • Icing (recipe below)

Step 1: Bake 24 cupcakes
Step 1: Bake 24 cupcakes

Step 1: Bake 24 Cupcakes

You will need 24 cupcakes of any flavor to make a pumpkin cupcake cake. Bake the cupcakes according to the instructions on the cake mix or the recipe you are using.

One cake mix makes 24 medium sized cupcakes. I made chocolate fudge cupcakes because they are my personal favorite! I like to use cake mixes because I am a bit of a lazy baker and they are perfect to have on hand for when your children wait until the last minute to tell you they need a class treat for the next morning just as they are rolling into bed.

Step 2: Make the icing
Step 2: Make the icing

Step 2: Make the Icing


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • Food coloring


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the softened margarine until fluffy. Add 2 cups icing sugar and half the milk and continue beating. Slowly add the rest of the icing sugar and milk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Place 1/2 cup white icing in a small bowl and tint with black food coloring for creating the details of the jack-o-lanterns face. Combine another 1/2 cup white icing plus 2 tbsp cocoa in a second small bowl for making the stem. You can also use green food coloring instead of the brown for the stem. Tint the remainder of the icing a bright orange.
  3. You may need to add more icing sugar to the tinted icing if it is too runny, especially if you are using liquid food colorings.

Wilton Halloween 2 Color Kit
Wilton Halloween 2 Color Kit
I like to use Wilton gel colors for tinting icing and other baked goods because they require very little to use to make bright true colors and they do not alter the taste of the icing.
Step 3: Decorate the cupcakes
Step 3: Decorate the cupcakes

Step 3: Decorate the Cupcakes

  1. Set aside 2 cupcakes for the stem. Pipe brown or green icing on these.
  2. For the remaining 22 cupcakes: Starting from the outside edge, pipe the orange icing in a circular motion around each cupcake, ending in the middle.

Step 4: Arrange the cupcakes
Step 4: Arrange the cupcakes

Step 4: Arrange the Cupcakes

Arrange the cupcakes on a large platter or cake board as shown in the picture above.

Step 5: Make a jack-o'-lantern
Step 5: Make a jack-o'-lantern

Step 5: Make a Jack-o'-Lantern

  1. Using a small tip and black icing, pipe the eyes, nose and mouth onto the arranged cupcakes.
  2. Serve, pull apart, and enjoy!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks these looks scrumptious :)

    • Rangoon House profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      Not one like these! The cake looks fantastic! Happy Halloween.

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      6 years ago

      I haven't yet, but this looks so cool, I just might try it. Great lens and a wonderful

      idea. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      Stanley Green 

      6 years ago from Czech Republic

      Well... actually I didn't but it looks so tasty... Maybe it is time to try it! :)

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      Max Globe 

      6 years ago

      looks very tasty! :)

    • Stephanie36 profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      I've never done it, but thought of it. I love the jack o lantern cupcake cake!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What a great idea. The best part of it is that anyone could do this. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      I'am gonna try this!

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      We love cupcakes at my house. The ones baked off and not served right away freeze so well for the next time. Little waste and great for portion control. Sweet pumpkin idea.

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      6 years ago

      Im not sure where I send it, but I vote for this recipe for the best cupcake.

    • costumesngifts profile image


      6 years ago

      I've never made one before but I want to! It's very visually stunning! Makes me think of other shapes too like a Christmas cupcake cake, etc. Great idea!

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      6 years ago

      Sure! Lots of them. I love your lens.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      6 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      No, I never have. But I really like your presentation and the ease of following your instructions. Photos are also very good and instructive.

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      Yamin Joe 

      6 years ago

      Yes I did make one without icing but with a snake shape made from marzipan on the cupcake!

    • David3142 profile image


      6 years ago from West Midlands, England

      No, I haven't made one before, but a friend of mine had one for his birthday and it worked brilliantly. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Great halloween idea :D


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      Mickie Gee 

      6 years ago

      No, I have not made a "cupcake cake". That is a great concept because you can also include little cupcakes that do not have frosting in a design. One just has to be creative. I have several grandchildren who do not like icing! Can you believe that?

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado


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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Nice to see a happy Halloween cupcake instead of a gory one.

    • NuttSoRuff profile image


      6 years ago

      So cute. I'm always looking for a new idea to make for Halloween - this will do just the trick! Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Love that orange icing, from a distance they look like roses!

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      6 years ago

      I haven't made one yet, but it's a good idea. Yummy!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      No, I've never made a cupcake cake before. Your is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your great Pumkpin Cupcake Cake idea. The presentation is lovely and I am sure you had fun creating it. Thanks for the tips about the cream cheese icing. I have never made a cupcake cake before so I learnt something new today. Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      No, I've never made a cupcake cake but I just may try it one day. I like your pumpkin cupcake cake!

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      SarahMay LM 

      6 years ago

      Yes! this is very fun Idea!

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      6 years ago

      No. That is a very cute idea. I may be doing that in the near future for birthdays at work.

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      6 years ago

      No, but I like our idea.

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      6 years ago

      No, I've never made one but wish to try. Thanks a lot...:)

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      David Stone 

      6 years ago from New York City

      No. It would be too much temptation.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've never made one before, but this looks super easy, so I may just try it, although not for Halloween, but maybe a wreath for Christmas, or a Birthday me lots of ideas.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love this idea!

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      Margaret Schindel 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      No, I haven't made a cupcake cake before, but this looks easy and fun! Thanks for sharing your clever idea. :D


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