Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes

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Charming pumpkin spice Sunflower Cupcakes that are perfect for fall! The cake is moist and delicious and with a classic buttercream frosting and chocolate sprinkles.

Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes on a marble table

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.

Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes in baking pots

We love them because they are incredibly easy to maintain and arrange and look beautiful in a vase alone. I wanted to make something 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!

overhead of a Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes

We put them in these adorable flower baking pots. You can find them here or you can get them here too!

Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes on a marble table with a piping bag and a striped pink napkin

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.

To make it easier, bake them in cupcakes papers and then set them in the molds. Try it either way and do what works best for you.

Supplies for Sunflower Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes on a marble table

How do you make a sunflower cupcake?

Step by Step Guide with Photos

  • Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, you can start to frost them!
  • Make a batch of the buttercream frosting. Scoop 1/4 of it out to dye green for the leaves. The rest can be dyed yellow for the flower. You will use more yellow than green frosting for these cupcakes.
Hand holding a cupcake with a yellow frosting circle
  • 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.

We frosted them before playing the cupcake in the silicone baking pot.

hand dipping a cupcake into bowl of chocolate sprinkles
  • 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.
Frosting with a leaf tip on a pumpkin spice cupcake with chocolate sprinkles
  • 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.
leaf frosting top adding yellow leaves to a sunflower cupcake
  • 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.
Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcake

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Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes

Beautifully decorated pumpkin spice cupcakes!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Eden


For the cupcakes

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Buttercream sunflower frosting

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup milk, more if you think it's too thick
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 1/2 drops red food coloring
  • 2 drops green food coloring


For the cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar on high until light and fluffy
  • Add in each egg one at a time and beat on high until incorporated
  • Add in oil and continue to beat
  • Add in pumpkin puree and vanilla and beat until incorporated, might curdle but it will blend back together when the flour is added
  • In a bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients
  • Slowly add dry ingredients with the mixer on low until combined. Do not over beat
  • Line a cupcake baking sheet with cupcake paper and scoop batter into cupcake molds
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until center comes out almost clean
  • I like to undercook a little for moistness
  • Let them cool before you frost

Buttercream sunflower frosting

  • Beat the butter on high until whipped
  • Add in the sugar one cup at a time and beat until incorporated
  • Alternate with a little milk and continue to blend
  • Add vanilla and beat until frosting is fluffy and whipped
  • Scoop a little frosting out and set aside to make green for the leaves. A few drops of green dye will work
  • Add in the yellow food coloring to the bowl
  • Continuing adding food coloring until desired color


Nutritional values are based on one iced cupcake.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 3255IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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7 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes”

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these are so cute! I can’t wait to show them to my daughter, I think they will be perfect for our mommy/daughter baking night!


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