Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes With such a simple design, these pumpkin cupcakes can be made quickly for any Halloween event on your calendar. To make the cupcakes, follow these steps: 1. Frost cupcakes with orange frosting and dust with orange sprinkles. 2. Use a wooden skewer to draw pumpkin veins radiating from the center to the outer edge of the cupcakes. 3. Break large pretzel rods into small pieces and stick into the top of the cupcakes for stems.