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Pumpkin Frosting

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posted: 09/17/17

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This easy Pumpkin Frosting Recipe has such a perfect pumpkin flavor, and would be amazing on a million different things!

a chocolate cupcake with pumpkin frosting swirled in a rosette pattern

This Pumpkin Frosting is incredibly popular because it is the perfect creamy frosting texture while having the best pumpkin spice flavor.

It is perfect on chocolate cupcakes, but if you decided to just eat it with a spoon I would totally understand.

Pumpkin Frosting Ingredients

This recipe comes together quickly with so many ingredients that are already in your pantry.

  • Butter
  • Pumpkin
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar
pumpkin frosting that has been piped into a small mason jar

How To Make Pumpkin Frosting

Did you know that frosting is incredibly easy to make. I’m not someone who thinks that all things need to be homemade, but with how easy frosting is to make, I never buy it. Homemade is a million times better.

  1. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat together room temperature butter and pumpkin puree.
  2. Mix in the spices and the vanilla extract.
  3. Next beat in the powdered sugar a little at a time until you get the right consistency.

Pumpkin Frosting Tips and Tricks

  • Room Temperature Butter: You should be able to push your finger into the butter easily, but without it going all the way through. The correct temperature butter is important in this recipe.
  • Measuring Powdered Sugar: When making this recipe, do not pack the powdered sugar into the measuring cup. You will end up with too much and a frosting that is too thick.
  • Use Milk: If you end up with frosting that is too thick or difficult to pipe, use a tablespoon of milk to make it easier to work with.
overhead look at five cupcakes that have pumpkin frosting piped in a rosette style on them

Other Great Pumpkin Recipes

If you make this great Pumpkin Frosting or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

5 from 9 votes

Pumpkin Frosting

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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This easy Pumpkin Frosting Recipe has such a perfect pumpkin flavor, and would be amazing on a million different things!


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 cups powdered sugar


  • Slowly cream together the butter and the pumpkin with a handheld mixer or stand mixer with the whisk attachement. (Note: I wasn't able to get it to a completely smooth mixture even after several minutes of my mixer on medium, so just get it as close to combined as possible.)
  • Beat in the vanilla, then the cinnamon, then the nutmeg.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar about a cup at a time until you are able to get it to the right consistency.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. jackleen says

    Hiya, Lisa
    You know my kid’s can’t like pumpkin but in today morning i made it and they can’t guess it’s pumpkin recipes.Such a this recipes is so very delicious and very different way to represent pumpkin.
    Thanks for this…..

  2. Karen Howard says

    Thank You for the Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting Recipe! This is one I didn’t have until now! Here comes the Fall Cupcakes & Cakes!Yummy!

  3. Rebecca {foodie with family} says

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness. Do you know how obsessed I am with pumpkin everything? I’m all in!!!!

  4. Liz says

    I followed the recipe and I could not get this to fluff up like other frostings.
    I did use the full 5 cups of powdered sugar.
    Taste is amazing but its not fluffy.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would suggest using a stand mixer and whipping it for longer. If you make it again, you could also try sifting your powdered sugar first and not using the full five cups, start with four cups and add to get the flavor you want.

  5. Regan.C says

    My dad and I love to bake and cook;
    I get it from my dad. :)
    I’ve been trying to find a fall recipe for a few hours.
    I’m so excited to start!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy this!

  6. Patty says

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh…I just made this pumpkin frosting and love it…This is a keeper..Thank you so much

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you like it as much as me!

  7. Bonnie Kennedy says

    Would this be good on just a plain angel food cake and can I use just regular butter instead of salt free

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think this is great on a spoon, so I can’t think of a reason why it wouldn’t be good on angel food cake. And yes. You can use butter with salt.

  8. Zoe says

    I got my frosting very runny, does that mean I have to let it in the fridge?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! The butter was probably too soft and the fridge will help a lot.

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners