Pumpkin Lookalike Cupcakes

Pumpkin Lookalike Cupcakes

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Once upon a time my extended family used to call me “Susie Homemaker”. As a stay at home mom to only one child (and the fact that I was a young pup at only 21) I had boundless ideas and energy. I would sew costumes for my daughter, crochet baskets out of fabric scrap, and the oven always seem to be on. In fact, my husband’s work would call me at least once a week to place an “order” for cookies (to be delivered by my husband of course). I always seemed to have something in the works.

Twenty-one years later I look back on my past and wonder how I did it all. Just thinking about it exhausts me. I sometimes yearn for that energy and creative flow (and time) because it was such a fun and rewarding (to me) outlet. I felt like I could do it all… and I tried.

Today, I am a busy mom with four children. I still, on occasion, hold get togethers at our house and love to fill the house with the smell of a fresh baked goodies. My goal now is to offer something that looks amazing, but didn’t take me all day to do.

I wanted to share a creative cupcake idea with you that looks like you spent hours on it, but really they go together fairly quickly… it’s about the presentation, right?


With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the smell of fall permeating my home I instantly thought of pumpkins. These Pumpkin Lookalike Cupcakes are sure to bring a smile to your guests and make you look like you spent all afternoon on them!

You will need:

  • fresh baked cupcakes
  • orange and green frosting (I like to use buttercream because it pipes easier)
  • pretzel rods
  • disposable decorating bags
  • tip 113 for the leaves (you can use any leaf tip though)
  • tip 3 for the vines
  • tip 1A or 2A for your pumpkin (I used 2A)

Begin by using tip 1A or 2A to ice the inner 1/2 of the cupcake in a circular mound. I do this in a swirling motion. This will prevent your pumpkin “shell” from collapsing inward.

Next, place a pretzel rod through the middle of the cupcake to form the stem.

Using tip 1A or 2A start on the outer edge of the cupcake and pipe up over your mound of frosting to the pretzel rod. Do this all the way around the cupcake.

Using tip 113 (or any leaf tip) make 1 smaller leaf and 1 larger leaf, one of each side of the “stem”.

Using tip 3 toss on a vine or two.

You’re done!

I like to pair these with regularly frosted cupcakes (brown or chocolate) with fall sprinkles for contrast.



  1. marissa lee says

    these cupcakes looks awesome..i wish my cupcakes look as pretty as these.

  2. What a clever idea with the cupcakes. Those 21 years have given you some great experience. I too miss those younger more energenic years, don’t know if I will have the time nor energy for these but they certainly look delicious!

  3. judy gardner says

    your cupcakes are beautiful! i may try to make some for the kids for thanksgiving

  4. I love the pumpkin cupcakes they are so cute and look very easy to do

  5. Luda says

    I always look for fresh ideas how to decorate cupcakes for school parties, thanks for sharing!

  6. heather says

    Oh my gosh these are so cute and super creative I have to make these next year thanks for sharing this one.

  7. Stephen says

    Those cupcakes look tasty! My mom is a WOS!

  8. Maria Iemma says

    I have never tried to decorate any cake or cupcake before and you have inspired me to do it. My family is either going to be impressed or is going to laugh at my creations.

  9. Amy Orvin says

    Oh my goodness…These lil’ cupcakes are so amazing! I love them. I would never be able to make something like that.

  10. Lisa Brown says

    outstanding cupcakes, i could never do that, so creative 🙂

  11. Rosie says

    What a cute idea! I have a hard time with frosting to make it come out looking like anything, but I need practice! I’d be so proud if I could do this!

  12. Lisa Kerr says

    These are the cutest cupcakes! I would love to make them but mine would never turn out as good as these! Thank you for sharing this recipe and all the other recipes on your blog!

  13. Debbie Welchert says

    What a great Fall cupcake. I love the added salty pretzel too. I will be definitely making these cupcakes.

  14. kathy pease says

    OMG these are soooooooooo beautiful. I will have to pin this and give it a shot but I am most sure mine would not look like these..lol


  16. These are very cute for Halloween all the way through Christmas, Easy to make and look tasty. Thanks for the great recipe.

  17. Michelle F. says

    Those are adorable!

  18. Sarah L says

    I had to chuckle at your ‘only once child’. You only had to do it once to get a child? Great cupcakes.

  19. CR Williams says

    You are such a good cool I would love to try these!

  20. Debbie Welchert says

    What great fall decorated cupcakes. My grandchildren will love them.

  21. These are so cute and super festive, plus cupcakes, YUM!

  22. G K says

    These are really cute and perfect for the fall.

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