Punkin Cakes

Truth is, I'm worried. Pinterest is changing everything! I never knew so many cute things existed in this world, or how "craft-challenged" I truly am, or how much time one can spend clicking from pic to pic. My stars. How long will it be before we're all just sitting at our computers exchanging pictures of things we like without. ever. actually. doing. anything? I shudder at the thought, mostly because I know I have spent far more time looking than doing lately. 

So, if you're ready to get your cute on, just back away from the computer and take a crack at these adorable little pumpkins. They take a little time, but not a lot of talent (if I can make them, you can too!). 



Punkin' Cakes


  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup applesauce or yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 16 oz. can vanilla frosting, tinted orange
  • ¼ cup corn syrup or honey
  • Candy bars, thin and miniature
  • Wheat pretzel twists
  • Holiday sprinkles or colored sugar
  • Bundt™ cupcake pan


Combine first four ingredients in a mixing bowl; stir to blend. Batter will be lumpy. Grease pan; spoon batter into prepared pan, filling about half full. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool cupcakes completely. Trim the domed top from each cupcake using a serrated knife. Spread a little frosting on the cut side of one cupcake; top with another upside-down cupcake to form a mini pumpkin (see photos). •For frosted cakes, coat a pumpkin with frosting. Add sprinkles or sugar to the top then make a stem using a pretzel piece or half a miniature candy bar. •For glazed cakes, microwave ¼ cup of the frosting for about 5 seconds until smooth but not too thin. Drizzle a little on top of your mini pumpkin with a spoon, allowing it to drip down the sides. Immediately add sprinkles or sugar. Make a stem using a pretzel piece or half a miniature candy bar. •For sugared cakes, brush your mini pumpkin with slightly warmed corn syrup or honey, then roll it in colored sugar. Make a stem using a pretzel piece or half a miniature candy bar.

Tips and Hints

  • These were a little time consuming, but easy! I was honestly amazing that I made something this cute all by myself!
  • After I cut the domed tops off the cupcakes, we put a little frosting on the cut side of each "cap" and added some sprinkles, creating a plateful of cute little cakey cookies. Yum
  • I was out of corn syrup and my honey had hardened (rats), so I used a little agave syrup for the sugared pumpkins.
  • My testers each chose a different favorite ... and agreed that all were delicious!
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This recipe calls for a video tutorial. it looks like a fun project and really delicious, but I vote for a tutorial. :)
Date published: 2014-10-29
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