How to Make a Pumpkin Cupcake Cake for Halloween
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.
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
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!