Royal Icing Pumpkins

Royal Icing Pumpkins

Create your very own pumpkin patch.

It’s easy, trust me!

I had leftover royal icing from decorating cookies and tinted 1 cup of it orange and a 1/4 cup of it green.

I use Callye, Sweet Sugar Belle’s Royal Icing Recipe.

I used a #10 piping tip and piped out a pumpkin shape onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet pan. Then I piped on the green stems with a leaf tip.

I let them dry overnight.

Then I lifted them off the parchment paper and place them on a wire rack to be sure the bottoms had dried also, for an hour or so.

I baked up some yummy Pumpkin Spice cupcakes with Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Frosting.

Although you need to make the pumpkins a day ahead they are really easy and make for some really cute cupcake toppers.


Royal Icing Pumpkins


  • 1 box French Vanilla Cake mix
  • Ingredients to prepare mix
  • replace 1/2 the water with pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  • Prepare the mix according to package directions replacing 1/2 the water with pumpkin puree and adding 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
  • Cool cupcakes completely before icing.
  • Place pumpkin on frosting close to serving. The moisture of the frosting will soften the pumpkins, so don't apply them a day ahead of serving.


Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa
Beat butter add shortening, sugar, cream, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and cocoa and mix until smooth.




  1. What a great idea! I always have left over royal icing, but never know what to do with it. I’m definitely keeping this trick in mind.

    And I love that you use shortening in your frosting too! I’ve been doing that for years and always get phenomenal results (compared to when I use all butter).

  2. What a great idea…at first look, I thought the pumpkins were sugar cookies iced with orange/green. Not until I read the entire thing did I realize it was only royal icing. I will have to do this with my left over icing tonight. Thanks so much.

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