Pumpkin spice buttercream frosting

pumpkin spice butter cream frosting
The best flavour for the Haloween season is pumpkin. Though we are seasons apart the global markets opening up have made these celebrations possible anywhere you are. Yet instead of the very spooky ones, we are going a bit more angelic way. The pumpkin spiced latte was quite a  treat that my kids enjoy from time to time and that got me thinking to frost the easiest ever chocolate cupcakes with them.Here is the pumpkin latte recipe for you to try and it is the same pumpkin spice mix that I have used in today’s frosting.
pumpkin latte
Since it was the holidays the kids had the simple recipe to work through. Did they like the buttercream!!  I am sure I got only half the frosting to put on the cupcakes. The other half was happily devoured in the pretences of licking the bowl and cleaning the whisk.

Some dos and don’ts with buttercream frosting

  • Unlike a fondant, butter frosting is a very smooth and gentle frosting to work with so use a very gentle hand on them.
  • Make sure the butter is in room temp before you cream it.  Please please don’t microwave it to speed up the process, it just ruins it all.
  • Make a lump-free buttercream and then add the sugar and spice, this gives an even finish.
  • Never over whip the buttercream as it starts to give the ghee out by the heat of whipping.
  • The frosting will stay perfect in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Just run the mixer again when you are getting it back to frost the cake.
  • The best of all… Don’t frost a warm cake, the frosting butter will simply melt and spoil it all (guess what?!! Experience talks here)
pumpkin spice butter frosting
Hope you enjoy this frosting as much as I do. It is a fun one to do and don’t go lean on it here. Butter frostings don’t like leans. This recipe can be altered to vanilla or bubble gum frosting by simply altering the flavourant. In this recipe, we have frosted a simple blender based chocolate cupcake recipe this time with swirled in pumpkin mash. Here is how to make the cupcakes in the easiest way.
If you are looking for more frosting recipes, try this too

Vegan alternatives

I have done this recipe with Nuttelex and it works well. However, my experience with creamed coconut oil was way too sticky to spread.
This fall season, hope you will try and like this recipe. For us, we are going on spring with the fun of a brighter Halloween. 
pumpkin spice butter cream frosting

Pumpkin spice butter cream frosting

the best of cream frostings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories
Cuisine Autumn, Baking, Fusion, gluten free, International, One pot
Servings 4 cups


  • 1 cup butter brought to room temp
  • 4 cups powdered sugar I powdered raw sugar and used it.
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • 2-3 tbsp full cream milk / plant based milks Use almond milk if going vegan.


  • Prepare the pumpkin spice mix as in the recipe for Pumpkin latte from the link in the post
  • Bring the butter to room temp ( do not microwave)
  • Set the whisk attachment and slice in the butter on a gentle speed.
  • Once they are completely creamed, add in the sugar a little at a time and then the spice mix. Add in a tsp of mix if it tends to dry out.
  • Whisk gently till they are well incorporated and fluffy.
  • Top up your cool cupcakes with the fluffy goodness.


1 cup of frosting can approximately frost 12 cupcakes, so alter your quantities accordingly.
if you are not a fan of Pumpkin spice, try vanilla instead.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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4 years ago

Pumpkin spice must be a nice twist with buttercream, Looks yummy. I am a beginner when it comes to frosting. So far I have tried only buttercream and whipped cream. When I see these sorts of posts, I am encouraged to try different ones. Thanks for the recipe.

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
4 years ago

What an aromatic buttercream! I am no fan of buttercream frosting, in fact any frosting considering that I am super lazy to make them. I love the spice blend, would love to make some for my coffee… 🙂

Geetha Priyanka
4 years ago

Buttercream frosting with pumpkin spice sounds like a perfect fall recipe. I’m sure my little girl would love to make this and enjoy too!

4 years ago

Wow, that is such a delicious buttercream frosting. Pumpkin spice makes it so perfect for the season. I want it on everything 🙂

Mayuri Patel
4 years ago

Such a wonderful warm pumpkin pie spice mix flavour for a butter cream frosting. Perfect for Fall season. Very useful tips for making perfect frosting.

Sandhya Nadkarni
4 years ago

I love everything pumpkin in the fall and your pumpkin spice buttercream frosting is such a lovely addition to my pumpkin recipes!
Fun activity to do with kids for sure! Yummy!

Lata Lala
4 years ago

This is such a delish buttercream frosting. Pumpkin spice makes it more flavourful and interesting. This is a lovely twist.
Thanks for the wonderful tips to make it perfect.

4 years ago

Your tips for making perfect buttercream frosting are very useful and easy to follow. I will definitely keep them in mind.

4 years ago

Loved the addition of pumpkin spice in buttercream frosting.. good for toppings on cakes, cupcakes, a keeper recipe for those who love buttercream frosting with fall flavours!!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan
Sandhya Ramakrishnan
4 years ago

This is just so perfect for the season! I love pumpkin spice everything and this buttercream frosting is just so perfect. I would smear this on literally everything.

4 years ago

Instead of regular frosting, this pumpkin spice buttercream frosting sounds interesting…your description made it clear how much kids loved it..

Padma Veeranki
4 years ago

Apt for the season….lovely spin on the usual buttercream frosting!! Nice tips explained to make it easy to follow even for novices…Yummy share!!

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
4 years ago

This frosting sounds absolutely delicious and makes me want to bake a cake right now!

Priya Srinivasan
4 years ago

i love buttercream frosting, that is my goto frosting for my cakes, unless somebody ask for anything specific!! Love the addition of pumpkin spice to the cream!!! Can imagine the warmth of the spices in the cream, cake /coffee/icecream, this would taste amazing!

4 years ago

Seema its a perfect for ongoing fall season dear !! Love all the very useful tips for making perfect frosting. Wanna have this warm pumpkin pie spice butter cream frosting

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