Desserts/ Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream

January 12, 2019 (Last Updated: January 20, 2019)

Creamy Buttercream Frosting with pumpkin pie spices

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting on a cupcake.

This Pumpkin Spice Buttercream is amazing! I added all the delicious spices you’d find in pumpkin pie right into the frosting. You can taste all the yummy flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

I made this buttercream frosting to go with pumpkin spice cupcakes. It’s a match made in heaven. 

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream on cupcakes.

I like to make my own frosting. I don’t think I’ve ever bought it at the store before. It’s so easy to make and the taste is so yummy.  Some buttercream recipes I have include a lemon buttercream, chocolate buttercream, a regular buttercream frosting and a chocolate fudge frosting.

When making buttercream frosting there are a couple of tips to keep in mind

  • Make certain your butter is at room temperature. I usually let mine sit out on the counter for at least one hour before I will use it.
  • Begin whipping your butter first, before adding other ingredients. This helps make certain your butter is nice and creamy.
  • If your powdered sugar is lumpy, sift it through a sieve before using. The lumps don’t disappear when you add the powdered sugar to the butter.
  • Always add the lesser amount of recommended liquid. Sometimes you won’t need to add any additional liquid or your buttercream will be too runny.
  • If buttercream is too thick, just add a bit more liquid.
  • This buttercream recipe does not hold up well in the heat. If it’s too warm for a stick of butter to hold its shape, the buttercream won’t hold its shape either.
  • Refrigerate buttercream as needed. Just let it come back to room temperature before using.


Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting is perfect on cupcakes.


5 from 1 vote
Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting on a pumpkin spice cupcake.
Pumpkin Spice Buttercream
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Buttercream frosting with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and cloves.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream, buttercream frosting, pumpkin spice buttercream
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth. Add spices and beat.

  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat on low speed.

  3. Add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Spice Buttercream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 19g
Vitamin A 4.7%
Calcium 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    Fred G
    April 15, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Interesting combo of ingredients

    • Reply
      April 15, 2019 at 6:17 am

      All those spices are a perfect combination.

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