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Pumpkin Spice Buttercream

January 12, 2019 (Last Updated: March 25, 2020)

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Creamy Buttercream Frosting with pumpkin pie spices. This is a perfect frosting for spiced cupcakes.

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting on a cupcake.

What spices are used in pumpkin spice buttercream?

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. 

Cupcakes topped with a dollop of frosting on an orange plate.

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, and a regular buttercream frosting.

Tips for making buttercream

  • 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.


Cupcakes with frosting on orange plates.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting on a pumpkin spice cupcake.

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream

Buttercream frosting with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and cloves.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 147 kcal


  • 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


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth. Add spices and beat.
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat on low speed.
  • Add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.


Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 20gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 68mgSugar: 19gVitamin A: 235IUCalcium: 4mg
Keyword buttercream, buttercream frosting, pumpkin spice buttercream
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  • Reply
    August 28, 2019 at 12:36 am

    A new idea for buttercream, love it, perfect for the coming pumpkin season.

    • Reply
      August 28, 2019 at 5:27 am

      Thanks! The taste is wonderful with all that added spice!

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

    5 stars
    Interesting combo of ingredients

    • Reply
      April 15, 2019 at 6:17 am

      All those spices are a perfect combination.

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