Happy Monday everyone! So much has happened since I last posted. One of my sisters had a baby and another got engaged! One of my friends had a baby too, and I brought another friend in to have surgery on her knee. And my mom put the feelers out to see if I would be interested in making my sister’s wedding cake! Whew! I’m not so sure about making the cake, but I figured I had better do some practicing just in case. So, if you have any tips for me, please share!
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite buttercream frosting recipes. I love this recipe because it includes marshmallow cream to make it lighter and fluffier. I put the orange frosting on top of cupcakes so that it looks like a pumpkin! These pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for fall.
Bake a batch of orange cupcakes using a white cake mix, the ingredients called for on the box and orange food coloring.
Whip up a batch of orange buttercream frosting. Beat butter, shortening and vanilla until creamy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating at low speed until well blended. Add heavy cream and marshmallow cream, beat until light and fluffy. Set aside 1 cup of frosting divided into 2 small bowls. Color 1/2 cup of the frosting green and the other 1/2 cup brown. Stir in orange food coloring into the remaining frosting until it is the shade of orange you want.
Put the orange frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip. Hold the bag directly above the cupcake and squeeze out the frosting to that is will spread out like a pumpkin.
Put the green frosting into a pastry bag and use a star shaped tip to create leaves on the pumpkin.
Put the brown frosting into a pastry bag and use a small tip to make pumpkin stem.
You can leave the pumpkins like this because they look adorable.
Or you can add some orange sprinkles to make the cupcakes shimmer and sparkle. Everyone thought these pumpkin cupcakes were so cute and even the little kids knew that they were supposed to be pumpkins. Several of the kids that I shared the cupcakes with were very happy to hear that there wasn’t actual pumpkin in the cupcakes. Silly kids! I love pumpkin and you could easily add pumpkin to the cake mix batter, if you want.