Little Pumpkins – Fall and Halloween Cupcake Decorating Ideas

Halloween Cupcake Decorating Ideas

I love making decorated cupcakes for my kid’s school Halloween parties, and this year my youngest is in her first year of preschool so I wanted to make something super cute for her class. Little fondant pumpkins are an adorable topper for cupcakes or any pumpkin flavored treats. And pumpkins are popular throughout Fall, not just at Halloween. Fondant pumpkins are just one of many Fall and Halloween cupcake decorating ideas you can try.


Cupcake Flavors

For my daughter’s preschool I just did vanilla box-mix cupcakes. I feel like I always have a million things on my to-do list, and making cupcakes from scratch for preschoolers who will probably only eat the frosting isn’t one of them. Vanilla cake mixes are actually pretty tasty, and they are dead easy to make. I prefer the ones with pudding in the mix, they are super soft and fluffy.


If you’re making Fall cupcakes for Thanksgiving or another occasion pumpkin cupcakes are a great choice. If you have a favorite pumpkin bread recipe or mix just make it in muffin wrappers and bake for about 17 minutes. You can also do this with spice cake as well.


For the frosting I’m using my standard American buttercream, but you could also do a cream cheese frosting which helps cut the sweetness, or add in a dash of cinnamon for a spiced frosting.

Star Tip

If you have piping tips I suggest using the large ones for cupcakes. All it takes is a couple swirls around starting at the outside moving in to the center and you’re done. I love piping cupcakes, it looks elegant and it’s actually easier and faster than using a spatula to frost them.


I suggest using a large star, flower, or round tip (I used a star tip). If you don’t have any tips or are out of piping bags, you can use a zip lock bag. Simply cut off the corner of the bag (start small, you can always cut more off late) and fill with frosting.

Fondant Pumpkins

If you’ve been wanting to try decorating with fondant, these little pumpkins are a great place to start. They’re so easy and look adorable.


Start with some white fondant and separate into three balls, the largest one being for the pumpkins, so try to estimate how much you’ll need based on how many pumpkins you’re making. I made 12 pumpkins so I used slightly larger than a golf ball size of fondant.


You will also need fondant for the stems and vines but you’ll need much less so I would go with about 1/2 maybe even a 1/4 of the golf ball size. One of these will be green for the vines (this is optional), the other brown for the stems. Then add your food coloring into each, make a well and put one drop of gel food coloring into the middle. Wrap the fondant around the drop and knead it like a loaf of bread. If you have food-safe gloves around use them, you’ll end up with food coloring all
over your hands otherwise (which I did).


Next divide the orange fondant into equal sized balls of however many pumpkins you’re making. I always make a few extra just in case. You will need a toothpick for the next few steps:


Gently push the toothpick in a line from the top of your pumpkin to the bottom, rounding out on the sides. Work your way around the pumpkin making as many grooves as you like. You may need to carefully reshape your pumpkin or do the grooves a few times.



Make a small stem out of the brown fondant, and place it on top. You can use a touch of water to help it stick to the pumpkin, or gently pressing should do the trick if the fondant is still a little sticky. The pumpkins look great at this point so you can stop now or continue on to add a small vine to each.


To do this, take a small amount of the green fondant and roll it out into a snake. Wrap it around a toothpick. Gently slide the spiraled fondant off, and cut off a small amount for each pumpkin and place by the stem.

Place one pumpkin on top of each cupcake, and that’s it, you’re done! Seriously how easy was that right?

Happy Halloween!

There you have it, a super cute and easy Halloween cupcake decorating idea. You can make these whenever you want, it definitely doesn’t have to be for Halloween. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!

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