Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes for #SundaySupper

As Halloween approaches, you need to have a fantastic cupcake recipe at your disposal for school and office parties, guests and other such gatherings which inevitably occur. One that is quick to make, tried and true and sure to please…and that can be easily decorated with all the fantastic sprinkles that come out this time of year! These easy chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin buttercream frosting are up to the task.

Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

I signed up for “easy” and I was bound and determined to share something simple to prepare and decorate. But, it also needed a Halloween twist.

Tap, tap, tap….that’s me thinking…what to do, what to do. I pulled out my tried and true I Can’t Believe It’s A Vegan Cupcake recipe and began experimenting. Pumpkin puree replaced the canola oil. Woot woot!!! It was spectacular. A delicate pumpkin flavor infused this moist and delicious chocolate cupcake.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

I was so excited about the way these easy chocolate pumpkin cupcakes turned out that I decided to do a makeover on my tried and true buttercream frosting recipe too. So, I replaced the milk (or in our case rice milk) that I would normally add with pumpkin. Home run! A very subtle pumpkin flavoring in this smooth and creamy frosting.

That’s the story behind these easy chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin buttercream frosting made especially for this fun Halloween #Sunday Supper event. The cupcakes are easy, particularly if you have a mixes made up for the dry ingredients.  (When you have everything out, portion out the ingredients in mason jars or ziplock bags.) They are also moist and delicious with a touch of fall flavoring. Did I mention, that they are also completely vegan? Believe me and the many who have tried them, you won’t miss the egg one bit.

Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

May your Halloween by spooktacular and filled with many delicious surprises.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting
Serves: 14 cupcakes
The subtle flavor twist in these easy chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin buttercream frosting makes them a holiday favorite. Egg- and dairy-free!
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • 1¼ cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened (We used a vegan substitute that was salted. If using unsalted, then add ¼ teaspoon salt)
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted plus up to 1 cup more to attain desired consistency
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry mixture and stir well with spoon.
  4. Fill cup cake tins ⅔ full.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is firm and tooth pick comes out clean.
  6. Allow cupcakes to cool for 30 minutes before decorating.
Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting
  1. Beat butter or substitute with a mixer or beaters for several minutes until butter is light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add confectioners' sugar and continue mixing until well blended.
  3. Add vanilla and pumpkin puree and thoroughly blend.
  4. To stiffen mixture add additional confectioners' sugar.
  5. If mixture needs to be thinner, then stir in a few drops of water.

A big thank you to Kathia at Basic N Delicioius for hosting this fun-filled #SundaySupper. Be sure to check out the other tasty recipes for this event below.

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  1. This is so different and not complicated at all. Thank you for sharing.
    Kathia Rodriguez recently posted…Spooky Cookies Halloween Party #SundaySupperMy Profile

  2. Isn’t chocolate the perfect vessel for adding vegeables? This idea is wonderful, and we can eat without the guilt! They’re lovely!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes recently posted…Candied Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Cream #halloween #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. these are THE perfect Halloween treat! I am whipping up a batch right now…thanks for another winner, Dinner<3Mom!!!

  4. Did you say easy???? They look so moist and scrumptious….my family would LOVE them!
    Liz recently posted…White Chocolate Monster Munch #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. What a great idea… love the use of the pumpkin in this recipe!
    Family Foodie recently posted…Halloween Ghost Flatbread Pizza #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. Your cupcakes look delicious and so moist!! They are just simply adorable!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted…Snickerway Truffles #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. Wow, I love that these are vegan! They look so rich, moist, and chocolatey. And how cool that the pumpkin could replace the oil?
    Courtney @ Neighborfood recently posted…Pumpkin Dirt Pudding (Graveyard Parfaits) #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. Its got pumpkin instead of oil, so that makes it healthy, right? So I can eat like 3 in one go?
    Kim@Treats & Trinkets recently posted…Zombie Cupcakes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. These…. are just amazing. I love EVERYTHING about them but most especially the pumpkin added instead of the oil. I bet these are SO moist and so full of great flavor. Perfection in a cupcake bite.
    Nicole recently posted…Halloween Chocolate Pumpkin Parfaits #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. classroom party, here we come!
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious recently posted…Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips for a Halloween Party #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Love that you put pumpkin in the frosting! Great idea!
    Laura Dembowski recently posted…Candy Corn Puppy Chow #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. I love how you’ve adapted these cupcakes to make them perfect for Halloween!

  13. They’re so pretty – these would make the perfect classroom Halloween party treat!
    Heather @girlichef recently posted…Dark and Stormy Gingerbread {#SundaySupper: Halloween Party}My Profile

  14. This is an awesome Halloween Cupcake recipe!! LOVE
    Megan @ I Run For Wine recently posted…Snickers Fudge Recipe for #SundaySupper Halloween PartyMy Profile

  15. Chocolate and pumpkin go really well together! This is a great go-to cupcake recipe for fall!
    Shaina recently posted…Pumpkin Cut-out Cookies for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  16. Easy? Vegan? Delicious? Check, check, check =) You’ve definitely got home run recipes, Marjory. Thank you for so generously sharing these gems!

  17. I love chocolate and pumpkin together, those flavours rock!! Happy Halloween!!!

  18. These look just amazing, Majory! I would have never guessed they were vegan, and I’m sure after I’ve tasted one, I won’t be able to tell at all. These look moist and delicious!
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons recently posted…Trick or Beet Brownies #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. perfect cupcakes for a Halloween party!
    Dina recently posted…Food-related Halloween CostumesMy Profile

  20. I bet these are super moist, they look amazing!
    Sarah recently posted…Soft and Chewy Chocolate Candies for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. Wonderful cupcakes and I have to admit I am in love with that beyond adorable witch you have in the background. Leave it to another food blogger to notice photo props. I just want to know where you got it. So cute!
    Renee recently posted…Candied Pumpkin (Calabaza en Tacha) for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Renee! I must admit I do this all the time now too. I’m not sure how the little witch arrived in our house. But, I love looking around to see what I can use in photos…especially around the holidays.

  22. Those just look scrumptious, Marjory! That chocolate and pumpkin batter bakes up beautifully dark. And the pumpkin icing is the perfect topping! May your Halloween be spooktacular as well!
    Stacy recently posted…Pumpkin Pie Muffins for #MuffinMondayMy Profile

  23. Just wondering how much cocoa you mean to add

  24. These look so moist and delicious! I love baking with pumpkin.
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted…Vampire’s Coffin: a Halloween Pasta BakeMy Profile

  25. I love the spice combo in these. Pumpkin icing sounds so good!
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  26. Thanks to all my #SundaySupper friends for stopping by…what a fun event this was!

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