Best Pumpkin Buttercream Board: Quick & Easy Fall Recipe

Today, we’re diving into the festive and delicious world of Pumpkin Buttercream Boards! This is one of my most beloved creations, loaded with the creamy richness of pumpkin buttercream and brimming with the delightful essence of autumn spices.

Halloween Buttercream Board

Pumpkin-Infused Delight! If your taste buds crave the warmth and sweetness of autumn, give my Pumpkin Buttercream Board a whirl, or perhaps try pairing it with some cozy Apple Cider! It’s all about indulging in the comforting flavors of the season!

Give this festive board a go and if you want to explore more Halloween recipes, check out my Halloween Worm Dirt Frosting Board, or Mummy Oreo Truffles.

Why This Pumpkin Buttercream Board Recipe is a Fall Favorite

This recipe is autumn in a bite! Its effortless blend of creamy, spiced pumpkin buttercream with diverse, delectable pairings makes every gathering a festive homage to fall.

It’s not just about indulging; it’s about experiencing the richness and warmth of the season in a vibrant, versatile way.

The easy assembly and adaptable nature of this board ensure that each indulgence is a charming, memorable celebration of autumnal delight!

Pumpkin Buttercream Board Recipe

Necessary Ingredients You Will Need

We’re starting with unsalted sweet cream butter. It’s going to give our buttercream that luxurious, smooth texture. Ensure it’s all softened and ready to whip up a frosting dream!

Powdered sugar is up next; it’s the backbone of any stellar buttercream, offering that sweet body and structure to our delightful mix.

Heavy cream is our special touch, bringing in an extra layer of richness and lush creaminess.

A hint of vanilla extract is going to mesh wonderfully with our pumpkin, offering that timeless, aromatic flavor.

Food coloring: We’re bringing the pumpkin to life with some vibrant orange gel and don’t forget your green and brown premade frosting to sprinkle on some artistic leaf and stem details!

Alright, dipping time! Consider pairing your buttercream with classic gingerbread men cookies or vanilla wafers.

different cookies in a board, like gingerbread, oreo, vanilla wafers.

Bring in a variety of flavors with Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal cookies. They’re sure to bring smiles all around!

Explore a combo of Thin Mint cookies, shortbread cookies, and chocolate-dipped ones for a versatile, sweet, and minty treat.

And for that extra crunch and fun, toss in some Campfire M&M’s and graham crackers.

So, ready to assemble this scrumptious Pumpkin Buttercream Board? Let’s whip up some autumn joy!

Now, gear up with your piping bags, mini offset spatula, and an assortment of tips; we’re going to be decking out our pumpkin buttercream in style!

How to Create This Delight

Prepare the Workspace: Ensure a clean, organized environment with a 13×9 baking sheet and pre-arranged dippers. Set up disposable piping bags with respective tips attached.

Create the Buttercream Base: Cream the softened butter until pale and fluffy using a stand or hand mixer. Gradually incorporate sifted powdered sugar, fully blending each addition. Mix in heavy cream until reaching a spreadable consistency.

 Buttercream in a stand mixer.

Color the Buttercream: Achieve the desired pumpkin shade by mixing in orange gel food coloring drop by drop. Place the colored buttercream into a piping bag in preparation for decorating.

Adding food coloring to Buttercream

Construct the Pumpkin: Outline and fill in the pumpkin shape on the baking sheet using the orange buttercream. Smooth the frosting with a mini offset spatula and add structured lines for definition.

starting making the Pumpkin

Add Detail with Additional Coloring: Detail with premade green and brown frosting, drawing a stem, leaves, and vines to embellish the pumpkin.

creating the full form of the Pumpkin

Arrange the Dippers: Present the selected dippers attractively around the decorated pumpkin buttercream on the tray.

Finishing the Pumpkin on the tray.

Savor and Enjoy: Relish the flavorful combination of the rich pumpkin buttercream and the varied dippers.

Halloween Pumpkin Buttercream Board

Texture and Consistency Adjustments

This succinct guide explores achieving the exemplary texture and consistency crucial for divine pumpkin buttercream, a perfect complement to delectable baked goods like the famed Buttery Spiced Apple Pie or the charming Beauty And The Beast Rose Apple Pastries.

Key Considerations:

  • Quality of Butter: Utilize high-fat, high-quality butter at room temperature for a creamy, smooth texture.
  • Adjusting Consistency: Introduce milk or heavy cream for thick mixtures and additional powdered sugar for runny ones, aiming for a pipeable texture.
  • Flavor Enhancement: Employ pumpkin puree and moderate amounts of spices and vanilla extract for genuine flavor, avoiding overly sweet or chalky outcomes.

Optional Adjustments:

  • Shortening Addition: Consider mixing in shortening to balance the buttery taste and maintain stability in warmth, with the option to replace it with more butter if preferred.

Mastering these refined adjustments will allow you to craft a visually stunning and delightfully flavorful pumpkin buttercream, turning your baked creations into irresistible masterpieces. Enjoy the flavorful exploration!

Storage and Usage Tips

Ensure your pumpkin buttercream maintains its delightful taste and texture by storing it in a sealed container in the fridge, keeping it fresh for a week.

If you need more longevity, freezing is your go-to; just remember to wrap it well and rewhip post-thawing for creaminess.

Allowing it to reach room temperature before use will make your spreading or piping endeavors seamless.

Don’t hesitate to play around with varied cake flavors and intricate piping styles to uncover new delicious masterpieces. Enjoy your culinary journey with pumpkin buttercream!

Popular Variations

I have come across some popular variations of the pumpkin buttercream board recipe that are perfect to try this fall season.

  1. Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Frosting: A tangy twist, adding 4 ounces of softened cream cheese with the usual ingredients, ideal for pumpkin spice treats.
  2. Maple Pumpkin Buttercream: Introduce 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup for a touch of natural sweetness and distinct flavor, ensuring smooth consistency.
  3. Chocolate Pumpkin Buttercream: Chocolate enthusiasts mix in 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder for a delightful chocolate and spice fusion, complementing chocolate or pumpkin-spiced delights.
  4. Vegan Pumpkin Buttercream: Easily adapt to dietary needs by choosing vegan butter and plant-based milk, maintaining the desired creamy texture.
  5. Intensely Spiced Pumpkin Buttercream: Amplify the warmth by incorporating an additional 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, accentuating those beloved autumnal spices.

Experiment with these twists to your base recipe and relish in the splendid flavors of the season!

Pumpkin Buttercream Board

Pumpkin Buttercream Pairings

Here are a few wonderful combinations you might want to try:

  1. Pumpkin Cookies: The melding of pumpkin flavors in both the cookies and the creamy buttercream is heavenly.
  2. Chocolate Cupcakes: The rich chocolate contrasts wonderfully with the sweet, spicy frosting, providing a sublime balance.
  3. Vanilla Sponge Cake: The light, classic vanilla acts as a fantastic canvas, subtly highlighting the festive pumpkin flavors.
  4. Cinnamon Rolls: Enriching warm cinnamon rolls with this frosting is transformative, a true culinary delight!
  5. Gingerbread Cake: The union of deep, warm gingerbread with pumpkin buttercream results in a tantalizing seasonal treat.

Give these pairing suggestions a try and discover a whole new world of pumpkin buttercream goodness!

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make pumpkin buttercream without powdered sugar?

To make pumpkin buttercream without powdered sugar, substitute it with an equal amount of finely ground granulated sugar. Continue the recipe as usual, adding pumpkin puree and spices, but note the texture may be less smooth.

What ingredients are needed for a pumpkin buttercream charcuterie board?

For a pumpkin buttercream charcuterie board, gather pumpkin buttercream frosting, a mix of cookies and sweets, and optional toppings like nuts or sprinkles, considering a balance of tastes and textures.

Is there an easy pumpkin buttercream recipe?

An easy pumpkin buttercream can be made by simply mixing softened butter, pumpkin puree, powdered sugar, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth and creamy.

What is the best pumpkin buttercream board recipe?

The best pumpkin buttercream board recipe is subjective, but an appealing one features pumpkin buttercream with a diverse array of cookies, sweets, and toppings, focusing on a mix of textures and flavors for a delightful dessert-grazing experience.

Can I use pumpkin puree in buttercream frosting?

Absolutely! Pumpkin puree is essential for making flavorful pumpkin buttercream frosting without compromising its creamy texture. Use plain pumpkin puree, avoiding pumpkin pie filling, to sidestep extra sugars and spices.

Buttercream Board recipe

Halloween Pumpkin Buttercream Board

The Pumpkin Buttercream Board is a harmonious melody of autumnal flavors, offering a creamy and spiced pumpkin buttercream experience paired with an array of diverse and delightful components, making every gathering a festive salute to fall.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Servings 10
Calories 382 kcal


  • Disposable Piping Bag
  • Disposable Piping Bag with #4 Tip
  • Mini Offset Spatula


  • 1 cup Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter, softened
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 5 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Orange Gel Food Coloring
  • 1 Tube of Green Premade Frosting
  • 1 Tube of Brown Premade Frosting


  • Gingerbread Men Cookies
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Oreos
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Oatmeal Cookies
  • Thin Mint Cookies
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies
  • Campfire M&M’s
  • Graham Crackers


Begin the Festive Assembly

  • Arrange your chosen dippers on a 13×9 baking sheet in an aesthetic manner, allowing for a diversity of textures and flavors to be available. Have your stand mixer or hand mixer ready for creating the buttercream.

Creating the Buttercream

  • Beat the softened butter on high speed for 2 minutes until it turns pale and fluffy using a stand or hand mixer.
  • Gradually incorporate powdered sugar, adding it half a cup at a time and ensuring thorough mixing after each addition.
  • Introduce the heavy cream, adding one tablespoon at a time until you achieve a spreadable consistency.
  • Add 5 – 8 drops of orange food coloring and blend until the color is evenly distributed.

Finishing Touches

  • Load a disposable piping bag with the prepared pumpkin buttercream and utilize a mini offset spatula to craft intricate details.
  • dorn your buttercream creations with green and brown premade frosting to simulate artistic leaf and stem detail


  • Pair the sumptuous pumpkin buttercream with your array of dippers, Start by placing a few cookies or your preferred dippers at a time on the serving tray alongside the pumpkin buttercream,
  • such as the classic gingerbread men cookies or vanilla wafers, and enjoy the flavorful journey into the essence of autumn! allowing guests to experience the harmonious blend of flavors and textures.


Calories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 0.4gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 0.001gSugar: 48gVitamin A: 687IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.04mg
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