Pumpkin patch cupcakes

Adding a mini donut on top of a cupcake gives this goodie extra “lift” so it can masquerade as a plump autumn pumpkin.

Top off these pumpkin patch cupcakes with orange tinted frosting and use a small knife to create the pumpkin’s signature ridges. A green gum drop makes a bright stem.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Pumpkin patch cupcakes recipe
  • 1 package (2-layer size) white cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • McCormick Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye
  • 1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 24 mini donuts
  • 24 green gum drops

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.

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.

Makes 24 cupcakes


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