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Pumpkin Cake Made of Cupcakes: Great 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.
- 1 box of cake mix
- Whatever your cake mix calls for (likely eggs, butter, and vegetable oil)
- Icing (recipe below)
Note: You'll also need cupcake liners for the baking trays.
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
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup milk
- 4 cups icing sugar
- Food coloring
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Step 3: Decorate the Cupcakes
- Set aside 2 cupcakes for the stem. Pipe brown or green icing on these.
- 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
Arrange the cupcakes on a large platter or cake board as shown in the picture above.
Step 5: Make a Jack-o'-Lantern
- Using a small tip and black icing, pipe the eyes, nose and mouth onto the arranged cupcakes.
- Serve, pull apart, and enjoy!
Have you ever made a cupcake cake before?
frangossy89 on October 27, 2013:
Thanks these looks scrumptious :)
AJ from Australia on October 26, 2013:
Not one like these! The cake looks fantastic! Happy Halloween.
acreativethinker on October 22, 2013:
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 :)
Stanley Green from Czech Republic on October 13, 2013:
Well... actually I didn't but it looks so tasty... Maybe it is time to try it! :)
Max Globe on October 08, 2013:
looks very tasty! :)
Stephanie from Canada on October 06, 2013:
I've never done it, but thought of it. I love the jack o lantern cupcake cake!
Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on October 04, 2013:
What a great idea. The best part of it is that anyone could do this. Thanks for sharing.
Shiney555 on October 04, 2013:
I'am gonna try this!
IreneL11 on October 03, 2013:
anonymous on October 02, 2013:
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.
BenjaminFrancs on October 02, 2013:
Im not sure where I send it, but I vote for this recipe for the best cupcake.
costumesngifts on October 02, 2013:
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!
MarcellaCarlton on October 01, 2013:
Sure! Lots of them. I love your lens.
Georgene Moizuk Bramlage from southwestern Virginia on October 01, 2013:
No, I never have. But I really like your presentation and the ease of following your instructions. Photos are also very good and instructive.
Yamin Joe on October 01, 2013:
Yes I did make one without icing but with a snake shape made from marzipan on the cupcake!
David from West Midlands, England on October 01, 2013:
No, I haven't made one before, but a friend of mine had one for his birthday and it worked brilliantly. Thanks for sharing.
anonymous on October 01, 2013:
Great halloween idea :D
Mickie Gee on October 01, 2013:
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?
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 01, 2013:
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 01, 2013:
Nice to see a happy Halloween cupcake instead of a gory one.
NuttSoRuff on September 29, 2013:
So cute. I'm always looking for a new idea to make for Halloween - this will do just the trick! Thanks!
mina009 on September 29, 2013:
Love that orange icing, from a distance they look like roses!
ChocolateLily on September 28, 2013:
I haven't made one yet, but it's a good idea. Yummy!
Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on September 27, 2013:
No, I've never made a cupcake cake before. Your is so cute. Thanks for sharing.
tammywilliams09 on September 27, 2013:
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.
DebW07 on September 26, 2013:
No, I've never made a cupcake cake but I just may try it one day. I like your pumpkin cupcake cake!
SarahMay LM on September 26, 2013:
Yes! this is very fun Idea!
CrazyHomemaker on September 25, 2013:
No. That is a very cute idea. I may be doing that in the near future for birthdays at work.
Klinetka on September 25, 2013:
No, but I like our idea.
masunyoananda on September 25, 2013:
No, I've never made one but wish to try. Thanks a lot...:)
David Stone from New York City on September 24, 2013:
No. It would be too much temptation.
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on September 24, 2013:
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 cake...gives me lots of ideas.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2013:
Love this idea!
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on September 24, 2013:
No, I haven't made a cupcake cake before, but this looks easy and fun! Thanks for sharing your clever idea. :D