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Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes


How charming are these Sunflower Cupcakes we made? Did you know that during growth, sunflowers tilt to face the sun during the day and then stop when they start to bloom?! Isn’t that so intriguing? Sunflowers are quintessential to the month of September. We love them because they are incredibly easy to maintain and arrange and look beautiful in a vase alone. I wanted to make something in these adorable little silicone pots, so in honor of fall, and to welcome September, we made pumpkin spice Sunflower Cupcakes! The cupcakes are moist and so incredibly tasty with the perfect amount of fall spice and flavors. And you can’t go wrong with a classic buttercream frosting too! Enjoy and stay charming!

The adorable flower baking pots are from here or you can get them here too!

You can bake the cupcakes in the molds, but they have to rise perfectly above the pot for the flower to work. If the cupcake doesn’t rise over the top, the flower will not work at all. So if you want to make it easier, you can also bake them in cupcakes papers and then set them in the molds too. Whatever works best for you!

Add a large circle of frosting in the center of the cupcake. Just remember the center of a sunflower is going to be larger than the actual flower petals.

Dip the top of the cupcake into a bowl of brown sprinkles to create the center. You can sprinkle more in the center later, but this gives you a nice outline.

Once the frosting is made (recipe below), fit a piping bag with the leaf tip and scoop the frosting inside. The leaf tip should be held diagonal when you make a petal. Slowly push down and then slightly pull up in an upward motion. You want the flower petals to stick up, not down.

Do three layers of frosting petals until the cupcake is covered. Then switch out the tip to the green frosting and pipe some leaves on the side of the cupcake. Sprinkle more chocolate sprinkles in the center of the cupcake.

Serve and enjoy!!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 cupbutter, room temperature
  • 2 largeeggs room temperature
  • 1 cuplight brown sugar
  • 1 cupgranulated sugar
  • 1/4 cupvegetable oil
  • 1 15 ouncecan pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 3 cupsall purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoonsbaking soda
  • 1 teaspoonssalt
  • 3 teaspoonsground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoonnutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoonallspice
  • 1/2 teaspoonground ginger
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar on high until light and fluffy
  3. Add in each egg one at a time and beat on high until incorporated
  4. Add in oil and continue to beat
  5. Add in pumpkin puree and vanilla and beat until incorporated, might curdle but it will blend back together when the flour is added
  6. In a bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients
  7. Slowly add dry ingredients with the mixer on low until combined. Do not over beat
  8. Line a cupcake baking sheet with cupcake paper and scoop batter into cupcake molds
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until center comes out almost clean
  10. I like to undercook a little for moistness
  11. Let them cool before you frost
Buttercream Sunflower Frosting
Buttercream Sunflower Frosting
  • 1 cupbutter, room temperature
  • 5 cupspowdered sugar
  • 1/8 cupmilk, more if you it's too thick
  • 1 teaspoonvanilla
  • 10 dropsyellow food coloring
  • 1½ dropsred food coloring
  • 2 dropsgreen food coloring
  1. Beat the butter on high until whipped
  2. Add in the sugar one cup at a time and beat until incorporated
  3. Alternate with a little milk and continue to blend
  4. Add vanilla and beat until frosting is fluffy and whipped
  5. Scoop a little frosting out and set aside to make green for the leaves. A few drops of green dye will work
  6. Add in the yellow food coloring to the bowl
  7. Continuing adding food coloring until desired color
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