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Pumpkin Buttercream

Pumpkin Buttercream

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin buttercream
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Kara @I Scream for Buttercream
A delicious buttercream rich in pumpkin flavor. Try it on any spice cake or vanilla cake for a mouthful of fall.
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  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature (1 stick)
  • ½ cup salted butter, room temperature (1 stick)
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice (see notes if you don't have this)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (can add an extra cup if needed to thicken it up)


  • Add all the butter to a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Add in the pumpkin, the spices and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Add in four cups of powdered sugar and beat until well mixed. If your buttercream is a little too soft, add in another cup of powdered sugar and mix well.


* To substitute a ½ teaspoon of pumpkin spice, use these ingredients and measurements: ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger, scant ⅛ teaspoon of ground cloves and scant ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
Keep this buttercream covered and in the fridge for up to about five days.
Double this recipe to cover a two-layered, 8" cake.
If you want to pipe this onto cupcakes, chill the buttercream in the fridge for about twenty minutes or so, since this buttercream is a little on the softer side.
Nutritional values are an estimate. Nutritional information is for the buttercream only and does not include cupcakes or cake.
Make sure to check out the TIPS & FAQs for this recipe in the blog post, which may answer questions you may have.
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Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 2856IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg