Pumpkin-Shaped Cupcakes

Place a mini donut atop a cupcake to transform it into a dome shape. With a decoration of orange-tinted frosting and gum drop stems you’ll have a bumper crop of mini pumpkins.

Serves: Makes 24 (1 cupcake) servings.
30 mins Prep time 20 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
20 mins Cook time
  • Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding vanilla. Tint cake batter orange with 1/2 teaspoon yellow food color and 1/4 teaspoon red food color.

  • Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.

  • Tint frosting orange using 1/4 teaspoon yellow food color and 1/8 teaspoon red food color. Attach a mini donut to cupcake with some frosting. Frost entire donut and top of cupcake. Press ridges into the frosting with a small knife to resemble a pumpkin. Use a gum drop for the stem.

Cooking tip

Easy Jack-O-Lantern Cupcakes: Omit mini donuts. Frost cupcakes with orange-tinted frosting. Use candy-coated pieces to decorate the face and green gum drops for the stems.

Test Kitchen Tip: For easier measurement, 1/4 tsp. Food Color = 20 to 25 drops

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 263Calories: 263Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Sodium: 271mgProtein: 2g
  • Total Fat: 11gFiber: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 39g

Ratings & Reviews: 3

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  • sue on 10/23/2015

    I would like to see a pic of the jack-o-lantern cupcakes please ! :)

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  • Tammy on 10/25/2013

    I've not tried these yet, but I will

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  • Kit on 10/25/2013

    This is a really cute idea for fall treats. Love the idea of mini donuts to make the dome shape. I can't think of the cookies name that's made out of marshmallow and cookie base, but I think that would be really good to use too, instead of the donut. And orange jello could be added to the cake mix. Love playing with cake flavors and vanilla and orange would be like a creamsickle cake. What fun for Fall Harvest celebration!

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