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Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Cupcakes

Beautifully decorated pumpkin spice cupcakes!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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