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Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting piped into a clear glass jar

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This easy Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting is flavored with pumpkin and lots of warm spices. It’s the perfect topping for fall cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more!


  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening (can substitute with additional butter)
  • 4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
  • 45 tbsp pumpkin puree*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch or two of salt


1. Combine butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and beat until well combined.
2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
3. Add vanilla extract and 3-4 tablespoons of pumpkin puree and mix until well combined and smooth.
4. Add spices and mix until well combined.
5. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
6. Add additional pumpkin puree until desired consistency and flavor is reached. Check out my post on frosting consistency, if needed.


*Use canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 3307
  • Sugar: 392.4 g
  • Sodium: 2352.2 mg
  • Fat: 194.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 404.5 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 244 mg