Pumpkin Pull-Apart Cupcakes

Whether you are looking for easy Halloween party recipes or maybe a treat to take to school, these Pumpkin Pull-Apart Cupcakes are as fun to make as they are to eat. 

PUMPKIN PULL-APART CUPCAKES -- Fun and EASY Halloween Cupcakes

Many years ago, pretty much everyone baked cakes…large, fancy, decorated cakes, and then cupcakes became popular and everyone quickly learned how easy it was to bake and serve them. There were still many people that loved the look of a decorated cake, so Pull Apart Cakes were born.

What is a Pull Apart Cake you ask? Well, simply cupcakes put together to resemble a cake and frosted. There are two version of Pull-Apart Cupcakes – one is with the entire set of cupcakes frosted together to look like a cake and the other is the way I did it, by frosting each cupcake and then placing them tightly together to form whatever shape you want.

I decided to frost the cupcakes separately because I feel like the frosting can get a bit messy with it’s in-between each of the cupcakes. This way, they are all together in the Jack O’Lantern shape, but can easily be grabbed and eaten.

PUMPKIN PULL-APART CUPCAKES -- Fun and EASY Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween is a favorite time in our home. For years I have made fun Halloween party snacks to enjoy at home, take to parties, and even classroom holiday parties. I was always the Mom they asked to bring in special treats for every holiday, and honestly, I loved it, and I miss those days. Although I’m reliving it a bit now with my son at college.

PUMPKIN PULL-APART CUPCAKES -- Fun and EASY Halloween Cupcakes

Now, setting the cupcakes up to form the pumpkin shape, isn’t hard, but it did take a little time to figure out, so I thought I would save you some time and share it with you.

For the Pumpkin Pull-Apart Cupcakes, you will need –

  • 24 standard size cupcakes
  • 3 mini cupcakes
  • Orange Frosting
  • Brown Frosting
  • Green Frosting
  • Offset Spatula
  • Orange Sanding Sugar
  • OREO Cookies or other decorations to make the face

To form the pumpkin shape –

  1. Start by placing 8 standard size cupcakes in the center of your board
  2. Then on each side, add 4 cupcakes – placing them just slightly above the center cupcakes
  3. Then place a row of 3 cupcakes fitting them in-between the row of 4
  4. Add the 2 cupcakes for the stem
  5. Add the mini cupcakes for the leaves

PUMPKIN PULL-APART CUPCAKES -- Fun and EASY Halloween Cupcakes

After each of the cupcakes were frosted, I dipped the edge in orange sanding sugar. You could also use sprinkles or leave the decoration off totally.

For the face, I cut OREO Cookies in half for the mouth, and cut triangles for the eyes and nose.

PUMPKIN PULL-APART CUPCAKES -- Fun and EASY Halloween Cupcakes

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PUMPKIN PULL-APART CUPCAKES -- Fun and EASY Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Pull Apart Cupcakes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Fun and easy Halloween Treat. Perfect for Parties, Classroom treats or even a special after dinner treat.


  • 24 standard size cupcakes
  • 3 mini cupcakes
  • Homemade or store bought frosting - orange, brown and green
  • OREO Cookies for decorating or other decoration for the Jack O' Lantern face
  • Orange Sanding Sugar


  1. Bake and cool cupcakes
  2. Place cupcakes on a large serving platter or board in the shape of a pumpkin, using 2 cupcakes for the stem and 3 mini cupcakes for the leaves
  3. Frost 22 orange cupcakes, dip edge in sanding sugar if desired, place back on board
  4. Frost 2 brown cupcakes for the stem
  5. Frost 3 mini cupcakes green for the leaves


  1. Cut 3 OREO cookies into thirds to make the eyes and nose
  2. Cut 4 OREO cookies in half for the mouth
  3. Add cookies to the pumpkin


The ideas for Pull Apart Cupcakes are endless. For Halloween you could make a bat, ghost or even dracula.

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