I’m not gunna lie.

I grew up with Yankee Candles in my parent’s home.

Every season we had a new scent.

It was so exciting and so much fun as a kid to light the festive candles.

And it still is.

There’s something about those candles that just makes me feel all warm n’ cozy.

I have them here in my Manhattan apartment and they keep me feeling snuggly throughout the chilly weather.

So when I met the Yankee Candle folks recently, they asked me to create a few of my gluten-free recipes inspired by their new flavors.




Yes, that is one scent.

All that packaged into one candle.

I’m watching it flicker right now as it gives off the most amazing scent …

My apartment smells heavenly right now.

I’ve been known to eat this with a spoon.

So, watch out.

It’s that good.

And can be paired atop freshly sliced apples, pumpkin muffins, banana bread, zucchini bread and other holiday baked goods.

How will you enjoy this lil’ icing treat?

Get your spoon ready.

You’ll wanna try this baby.

Happy Pumpkin season.

Pumpkin Buttercream Icing
Serves: 12
Gluten-Free and Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 1 cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups powder sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/3 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. gluten-free almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp. almond milk


  1. In a large bowl, whip butter until fluffy using an electric mixer. Slowly, add remaining ingredients for 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed.
  2. Serve atop gluten-free pound cake, freshly sliced fruit such as baked apples and as a dip for gluten-free sugar cookies. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Buttercream Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1589IU32%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Did you grow up with Yankee Candles? If so, what are your favorite scents?

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  1. 5 stars
    I know it’s not the right season exactly, but I made this icing for cupcakes for a friend’s birthday, and it’s so yummy. I can’t stop eating it.

  2. Oh my gosh, this looks absolutely amazing. And dangerous. Frosting is my weakness. I always want the corner piece of cake so it has more frosted edges. I seriously would be in deep trouble if I made this frosting and had no one to share it with. I get the whole “eat it with a spoon” thing.

    As good as this looks, I think I’m safer buying the Yankee Candle version.


  3. Is there a way to make this without sugars also. My granddaughter is restricted from sugar as well? Just curious. she also has to eat gluten and vegan free too.
    thanks Joanne

    1. Thanks Joanne; great to hear from you! I would try to use stevia and see if it works but I’m not quite sure if it will as I haven’t yet tried it in this recipe. Stevia is a great sugar substitute that is not made from any chemicals- you can purchase it at Whole Foods Market or health food stores. Hope this helps.
      Have a great night!

  4. Hello, Can this be made with real butter and etc?? I love the Yankee Pumpkin Buttercream candle. Yankee Candles are always right on the scent!! Thank you

    1. You betcha; enjoy Glenda. I love the scent of Yankee Candles. They’re so yummy, aren’t they? Have a great night!

  5. Is there no pumpkin in the icing? I thought Pumpkin Buttercream would have pumpkin in it. Just curious…thanks!

  6. Pumpkin Buttercream Icing….Whatttt?!?! I love pumpkin and I love buttercream! I have to try the recipe, YUM!

    I agree…I love the scent of autumn. Crisp, leafy, apple, pumpkin, cinnamon. I could go on forever. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Nothing better than spending quality time with the family playing games, drinking hot cocoa, and being thankful for each other. Now, I need to buy one of the candles too!

    1. It’s delish….I can’t wait to hear how you like this recipe! I agree; you said it perfectly. That is exactly how I love spending the Autumn season. Love it. Thanks Nizzy!

  7. Never been a big candle person – until I discovered a butterscotch scent one. Yes please! 🙂

    Looks lovely. I made a gluten-free pizza crust with zucchini the other day and thought of you! (I still like the “regular” crusts though 🙂 ).

    1. Me too; I get so excited this time of the year for those festive candles and baking fun treats….enjoy Kate! Have a great night.

    1. Awe; great to hear from you Steph. I miss you darling and hope you are well. Always a pleasure hearing from you! xoxoxo Have a wonderful night and hope to chat soon. Muahhh