Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers

I couldn’t stand it any longer! I had to do a fall post or I was going to bust! I thought I would start with cupcake poppers. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is walking around the pumpkin patch looking for the perfect pumpkins to take home with me. Well, it is to early to head to the pumpkin patch but, I can get my pumpkin kicks with these little pumpkin patch cupcake poppers.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers thebearfootbaker.comI got the idea for these on the front of the Betty Crocker Box vanilla cake box. There was a picture of cute colorful little cupcake poppers and my mind went immediately to pumpkins. The interesting thing about these is I had another idea for the bottom of the cupcakes. I don’t like throwing anything away so I was stacking the cupcake bottoms together and my brain saw these…

Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers thebearfootbaker.comI feel so much better! I have a pumpkin patch and jack-o’-lanterns! This project is one the kiddos can have fun with. You can use different candies and let their  imaginations go wild!

Supplies for Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers:

White Cake Mix
Vanilla Icing
Orange AmeriColor Gel
Royal Icing Transfer Eyes
Green Thick Icing with Tip #352 (Leaf Tip)
Tootsie Rolls
Tic TacPumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers thebearfootbaker.comBake the cupcakes according to the directions on the box. You can make mini cupcakes or regular sized cupcakes like I did.  Add some orange AmeriColor until you get the shade you want before you fill the cupcake papers. Here is the Betty Crocker how to video on how to make the cupcake poppers. I also baked them in cute grease proof papers from Bakers Stock. The plan was to cut the tops off and add frosting to the bottoms in hopes no one would notice the missing tops. But, the plan changed to jack-o’-lanterns.

It is a good time to tint the frosting while the cupcakes are baking. Add orange AmeriColor to the frosting until you get a shade you like.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers thebearfootbaker.comI learned two things while I was putting these little bad boys together.

  1. Try to match up the sizes of the tops. No matter how hard you try, some of them will be bigger than the others.
  2. Place them in the freezer for a few minutes before you put them together. Mine were a bit sticky and the freezer helped.
Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers thebearfootbaker.com
Next, add a Tootsie Roll stem to the tops.
Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers thebearfootbaker.com Pipe the leaves with the thick green icing and Tip #352. Sweet Sugar Belle has a tutorial on how to use it here.
Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers thebearfootbaker.com
Now for the jack-o’-lanterns:
  1. First, put the cupcake bottoms together with the frosting you tinted orange.
  2. Then, add a Tootsie Roll in the top for the stem.
  3. Next, use the leftover frosting to add the teeth and the Royal Transfer Eyes.
  4. With the green icing, add two leaves to each top.
Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Poppers thebearfootbaker.com
I know this is not as good as going to a pumpkin patch and picking the perfect pumpkin but, they are fun, cute and will get you some quality time with your kids. I am sure the kids will come up with several fun ideas for decorating them!

Here are some other fun Fall cupcakes for you to make for your little spooks this Fall:

Bear hugs,


  1. What a fun idea, Lisa! The wonky eyes are perfect :) I can’t wait to start making fall treats!

  2. Cute!!
    These are great for little kids to do!!

  3. Too cute, Lisa!

  4. So cute! And what a great creative save on those cupcake bottoms.

    • I was stacking them on top of each other as I was cutting the tops off. I looked down and saw some jack-o-lanterns looking at me! LOL I love when things like that happen! Thanks for stopping by Lora!

  5. Lisa, these are uhhhmazingly cute! I love the tootsie roll tops! Did you place them on some brown sugar in the last pic?

    • Yes Anu! I wanted dark brown sugar so it would look like dirt but, I used it all last weekend! LOL I was hoping the light brown sugar looked like a pumpkin patch instead of the beach! LOL

  6. these are totally fabulous. i even think a non-decorator like me could make these look good. great idea.

  7. Hey Lisa it has been forever since I posted a comment. I’m sorry. Life has gotten in the way. I just wanted to say that I’m so impressed with all of your posts lately. You are creating some really great stuff. I may not be commenting but please know that I’m following & I’m a huge fan of your work.

    P.S. Thanks for linking my Kopykake tutorial on your Kopykake post. You’re a sweetheart :)

  8. Oh my do I ever love these! They are just the perfect little pumpkin for any kid! (Both young and old!!) So glad you came up with an idea for the bottoms, or I would have wanted to eat them all!!

  9. What a cute pumpkin patch!!!! I was looking for some pumpkin themed cupcakes for my granddaughters harvest party. Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. Yay! So happy to learn how you made these! I’ve been thinking about them ever since I saw your post on Instagram. Love it… Thanx so much for sharing!

  11. I love how do-able these seem! They came out super cute and would be a real show stopper at a Halloween party. You’re a sweets rockstar Lisa!! :)

  12. I can’t tell you how cute I think all of these are. What a fun idea for Fall treats.

  13. Such a cute cute idea!! (yup, that’s a double cute and no type;)) Actually they deserve a triple cute! Pinning it and sharing on FB/Twitter!

  14. Oh my, those jack-o-lanterns are SO cute! Love those teeth! :0)

  15. Ahhhh! I love Love LOVE these cupcakes! They just make me giggle! :)

  16. Would love to have you share these at my Pumpkin Linky Party going on right now. I love these. They are so darned cute!! Hope to see you over there. Linda


  17. These are the CUTEST THINGS EVER !!!! I love them!! You’re very talented.

  18. These are ADORABLE=-)

  19. These are seriously adorable! I absolutely love them and I am going to pin them to use for Halloween!

  20. They are so darling – oh my gosh how CUTE!
    LOVE your post!
    Be sure to share it at Stone Gable’s Foodie Friday linky party!
    (not me, I am not a foodie, but you sure are!)

  21. Thanks for linking up. I’m doing a feature and you are at the top of the post! I love what you did and I love the cupcake toppers. They are the yummy part of the cupcake. Linda

  22. Absolutely adorable! 😀

  23. I just saw your features on Lil Luna this week. You have the cutest ideas! I pinned several of them on my Halloween Party board. I am now following so I can see more..

    • Thank you Pam! I am so glad you stopped by. Lil’ Luna is so sweet and I love her site. I am going to go check out your site right now :)

  24. Katrina MacInnes -Eyre says:

    wow these are fantastic thank you for sharing

  25. This is a great idea!!! so cute!!!!

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