Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Cupcakes

I have a confession.
Please don’t judge me.
Here goes…
{deep breath}
My name is Shelly and I am an over-emoticoner.
I might have just coined a new term, so for those of you who are like, “whaaa?” here’s the deal…
I am a frequent over-user of the emoticon.Β  You know those cute little “faces” on emails and texts made from letters and/or punctuation.
My face of choice is the “wink” πŸ˜‰
I use and use and use this face.
I’m kind in love with the wink face.
It gives you some freedom with words on a text or email to be like, “Hey, totally kidding, dude”.
It kinda comes in handy when there is something that you want to get off your chest but don’t want the other person to take it the wrong way.
Here’s an extreme case:
“You’re a skank ;)”
See what I did there?
I totally insulted someone, but it came across as cute banter.
It’s a pretty handy little guy, that wink face.
I do find some emoticons skeevy…for example:
: P
That’s supposed to be someone sticking their tongue out.
Who does that?
That’s just yuck.
That guy is evil.Β  Don’t like him either.Β  It reminds me of Gargamel from the Smurfs.Β  Don’t ask..I’m a freak.Β  I have hidden childhood trauma that peaks out every now and then.
So, a few weeks ago I told you guys I didn’t like pumpkin.
NOW, I will tell you “that I don’t like pumpkin ;)”
Since I “winked” at you, you know that the pumpkin has won me over.
Love the wink.
Now I don’t love it in a full-fledged pumpkin pie way, but I have matured my palate enough to tolerate…even enjoy it in small amounts.Β  Did I just sounds as smart as I think I did?
So, check this out…maybe the coolest thing I have seen in a while…
I had to buy them when I saw them sitting there on the shelf at my beloved Target.
What to do with them, you ask?
Cupcakes, duh.
Β Here are the details…longest title ever…
Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pop Tart Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
It will make 12 cupcakes.
Now, enter 8 Pop Tarts.Β  (4 packs)
First, cut off the crust and eat discard.
Next chop 7 of the Pop Tarts into squares getting about 12 pieces from each.
Chop the last Pop Tart the same way, but reserve for garnish.
Fold the chopped Pop Tarts into the batter.
Garnish with reserved Pop Tart pieces.
See the Pop Tarts baked in?
Pumpkiny, but not too Pumpkiny πŸ˜‰
Have a :)))) day!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 8oz block of cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 5 cups sifted powdered sugar.


  1. Cream butter and cream cheese together.
  2. Add pumpkin and vanilla.
  3. Mix until combined.
  4. Slowly add the sugar and pumpkin pie spice on low until combined and then mix on medium for 1 min until smooth.
  5. Pipe on cooled cupcakes.

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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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54 Responses
  1. bridget {bake at 350}

    I'm a HUGE over user of the πŸ˜‰ ! As you may have noticed since joining twitter! I also like the πŸ™‚ and !!!

    And your cupcakes! I love these cupcakes! πŸ™‚

  2. Kristan

    Yummy!! I love Pop Tarts and cupcakes, so any combo is great with me!!

    I am a huge fan of the ;), which is weird because I really hate winks in real life. "Never trust a winker," I always say. I feel like people who wink a lot are trying to distract you from the fact that they are full of crap. True story.

    But I definitely over use πŸ˜‰ on a daily basis. I am NOT, however, a fan of LOL. I'm just not.

    But, I am a fan of you. And cupcakes.

  3. Debbie

    I love emoticons, they can totally change the tone of what your saying in a good way πŸ˜‰

    Cupcakes look delicious, didn't know pop-tarts made a pumpkin pie kind! Thanks

  4. Barbara

    I didn't even know pop tarts came in pumpkin, that's how far out of the loop I am!

    These cupcakes look awesome. You are super-inventive and I'm going to Target this morning! :0

  5. cookies and cups

    hahaha! Thanks for all the fun comments! Glad to know that I am not a lone emoticoner πŸ˜‰
    Also, like some of you, I overuse the !! I have re-read some of my emails and people must think that I am yelling at them!

    trooppetrie ~ I have a recipe for pumpkin spice krispies and a different one with candy corn, but not together…but I will tell you that sounds like an inspired idea!

    Kate H ~ I used the 1A Wilton tip on these cupcakes..it's a big round tip, but there is not reason you couldn't use a ziplock!

  6. Katrina

    I saw those and didn't buy them. Dumb me.
    AND I am totally an over-emoticoner! And just like you my emoticon of choice is also the ;). I've often wondered if it annoys some people how much I use it. πŸ˜‰
    But I don't really care πŸ˜‰ if you know what I mean πŸ˜‰ I think it's the perfect emoticon for someone sarcastic like me. πŸ˜‰

  7. naomi {@bakersroyale}

    First off you hee-larious! I have a confession I am a exclamation mark offender and double guilty on overusing the word "Awesome"

    I love your cupcake incorporating of all things, a Pop Tart!

  8. blackbookkitchendiaries

    what an inspiring creation! i love this. your photos are pretty stunning. thank you for sharing this recipe and for visiting my blog. hope you have a nice weekend:)

  9. grace

    i never knew your name was shelly. nice to meet you. πŸ™‚
    great idea–i haven't seen those poptarts, but this is totally how i'd use them!

  10. Cupcake Activist

    Fun idea! I love pumpkin, so I would love a dessert like this!

    Oh, and my husband says I use exclamation marks too much. I just get really excited about desserts!

  11. trooppetrie

    when i saw pumpkin pie poptarts i fell in love. i have only one problem. i saw a recipe the other day for rice crispy treats with pumpkin pie spice and candy corn and i can not find it now.

  12. Raina

    You are so creative. I have to make these for my kids. They love poptarts and poptarts in cupcakes…awesome:)

    I way over use the plain old smilely. I just think it is so cute and emphasizes how much I like something. I also use LOL way too much. I like the winky face that is cute. I am going to use that now too;)..LOL

  13. Joanna

    I admit it. I overuse the πŸ˜› But I also stick out my tongue all the time in real life, because I'm wicked mature like that. πŸ™‚

    p.s. these cupcakes are the bomb.

  14. Sue

    You came up with a great pumpkin idea(so cute AND tasty) and you don't even like pumpkin:) (I KNOW I overuse the smiley face, but I can't help myself!)

  15. Joanne

    I'm a big emoticoner as well. And that is totally a word. Now. there should be a support group for us also. EA. Emoticoners anonymous. I'd be there.

    These cupcakes are amazing! I really want to try those pop tarts or at least attempt to make my own!

  16. Monet

    Wow! You are too cute πŸ™‚
    And those cupcakes are amazing. I had no idea they had pumpkin flavored pop tarts, but now I'm going to have to hunt some down. Your cupcakes are simply inspired. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Kate H.

    i love emoticon! I use them on everything πŸ™‚ The pumpkin pie pop tarts are good, taste very similar to the brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts. For the icing, what tip did you pipe with, or did you use a ziploc?

  18. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}

    I LOVE πŸ™‚ emoticons and probably over use them, but they do help with all the typing we seem to do now a days πŸ˜‰
    Love you pumpkin pie pop tarts! So clever πŸ™‚

  19. Mara...

    oh my, these are so fun!! i didn't even know they had pumpkin pie poptarts!!! And your big swirly of frosting looks delicious!!! :-)!

  20. Danielle

    Love how you used the pop tarts! I've been looking for the pumpkin pie poptarts everywher but I can never find them. I use the emotion (: wayy too much btw.

  21. Sprinkles

    Holy Pumpkin Pop Tarts!!! Yes, need to go to Target like yesterday. Guess I'll need 2 boxes – one to bake with, and one to munch on πŸ™‚

  22. Monica H

    Definitely getting a box of these! I bet those 'discrded' ends would be delicious in some pupkin pie ice cream!

    I use the πŸ™‚ face quite a bit, but not the wink. I am also a big user it the exclamation mark!!!
    These cupcakes are totally making me drool. :-P'''

  23. Mindy

    I emoticon way too much….and I was wondering about these pop-tarts! They were on my list for tomorrow anyway, can't wait to try them as a cupcake!

  24. Jocelyn

    seriously??? pumpkin pie pop tarts at Target? I need to go get some! Love how you used them in cupcakes:-) And I overuse the smiley wink too;-)

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