Pumpkin Butter Frosting

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This Pumpkin Butter Frosting is so simple!  I topped my favorite Brown Sugar Cupcakes with the creamy frosting for a perfect fall dessert!

This recipe is almost too easy.

It’s only 3 ingredients!

I mean, frosting doesn’t typically have a LOT of ingredients, so it’s not like I reinvented the wheel…

but anyway.


It’s Pumpkin Butter frosting…it’s butter, powdered sugar and pumpkin butter.

Top any cupcake with it…squish it between 2 cookies, eat it with a spoon..whatever…it’s totally festive!

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I actually swirled it on top of my favorite brown sugar cupcakes.  They are so soft and perfect for this!


And Pumpkin Butter seems fairly easy to find this time of year.  I got mine at Trader Joe’s, but Amazon has a whole section to choose from.

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Cupcakes are a fun alternative to serve at Thanksgiving for those of us who don’t love pie.  Yes, there are people out there.

But like I said, you could frost a cake with this stuff, top a cookie…whatever!  Even bake up a box cake.. this frosting will make it so special no one will know!


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Just mix some butter and sugar together…

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It will be very stiff before you add in the pumpkin butter…

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The great thing about pumpkin butter is that it is already spiced up!  You don’t have to add any extra spiciness to this!

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Beat it until it’s creamy…

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And then swirl it on a cupcake, if that’s what you’re thinking…

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Fun things to top with this frosting…

My favorite Vanilla Cupcakes

It would be great topped on my 2 ingredient pumpkin cookies.

Use my Salted Caramel Cupcake Recipe and use this frosting instead!



Pumpkin Butter Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes enough frosting to pipe 15 cupcakes



  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Butter


  1. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter until creamy, 1-2 minutes.
  2. With mixer on low add in powdered sugar. Turn mixer up to medium and beat until the mixture comes together, about 2 minutes. It will be very stiff.
  3. Add in pumpkin butter and beat until incorporated, scarping sides of bowl as needed.
  4. You can add more or less pumpkin butter based on your preference.


I love to top Brown Sugar Cupcakes with this frosting, but feel free to use any cupcake base!

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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The Ukranian Baker Lady
February 13, 2017 11:06 pm

Also, how can I modify the mixing since I don’t have a blender with a mixing paddle? I often you my Nutra Ninja because I have found it beats the butter/sugar combination quicker and fluffier.

The Ukranian Baker Lady
February 13, 2017 11:01 pm

I am interested in trying this recipe for something different. I have many taste testers that will help me try this recipe. I have a question: does the recipe use salted butter? Or a high whipped butter? Or does it make a difference?

October 2, 2014 11:22 pm

You’re a genius!

February 19, 2014 12:15 pm

This looks so wonderful. I love cupcakes and pumpkin…everything.

December 12, 2013 5:36 pm

Wow, I was already obsessed with TJ’s Pumpkin Butter, and this just means I’ll have to stock up on more before the season is over!

Rhiannon Angeles
November 27, 2013 5:03 pm

Looks delicious!! How far in advance can I make this?

November 23, 2013 1:19 pm

I think I’m just going to have to start ordering groceries on the internet. I obviously need pumpkin butter. And cookie butter. And golden syrup. There’s just too much stuff I can’t get on my island. Great idea!

November 23, 2013 1:31 am

What a genius idea for frosting! I could seriously have this all year long!

November 21, 2013 8:36 am

Where did you get those beautiful cupcake liners from?

Moriah O
November 20, 2013 8:10 pm

WOW WOW WOW, just made these and they are DELISH!
I usually don’t like cupcakes very much (yes, i know, how does a cupcake baker not like them) but these are just the right amount of sweetness!

November 20, 2013 5:12 pm

HOORAY!!!!! I have a jar of that in my fridge right now!!!! Love Trader Joes! Gonna try this ASAP!

November 20, 2013 4:18 pm

Love this easy, festive fall frosting! Amazing photos in this post, too, Shelly! Thanks for sharing.

November 20, 2013 2:42 pm

Funny, I was just baking a cake for my sister’s bday this morning and was looking for a luscious frosting. Wish I’d seen your post earlier today!

November 20, 2013 2:14 pm

FYI – pumpkin butter is incredibly easy to make (probably cheaper if you do it yourself too). If you don’t want to go out and buy a jar, but you have some canned pumpkin and a few basic ingredients, you can make it in a crockpot. I made it last year, and it was fantastic. http://skinnyms.com/slow-cookerpumpkin-butter/

November 20, 2013 1:13 pm

Oh perfect!! So I bought this pumpkin butter two seasons ago and didn’t end up using even 1/2 of it because it was so strong. It needed to be mellowed out…and in walks Shelly with her butter cream! Done! Perfecto!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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