Nothing gets us fired up to get baking quite like fall cupcakes. We rounded up our favorite fall flavors, including caramel, apple and maple, plus more than one pumpkin spice pick (we've been waiting for pumpkin desserts and fall treats forever!). These best-of-the-best recipes will give you the sugar rush required to crank out all of your favorite seasonal activities this year, from your favorite fall activities to DIY fall decorations galore.
Whether you’re planning to have Halloween-themed cupcakes at your Halloween party or Thanksgiving cupcakes at your Turkey Day feast, these delicious and easy cupcake recipes celebrate fall flavors in the best ways possible. Because they’re oh so easy to double (or triple!), cupcakes are the perfect shareable treat to whip up for a crowd. Many of these recipes are not only irresistible bite-sized desserts, but are a fall decoration all on their own! No stress if you’re not a piping pro. Most of the stunning, seasonal decorations are made from store-bought treats or candy you have around the house, making these desserts double as a fun family activity.
Not a pumpkin fan? No prob! Although we can’t get enough of the fall gourd’s flavor, we’ve included plenty of other favorites — PB and chocolate, sweet potato, carrot cake — to help you celebrate the season. Feeling extra festive? Whip up a few of our best fall cocktails for a full autumn spread!
Behold, the official cupcake of the season: Pumpkin pie spice, molasses, and tangy cream cheese frosting is exactly what we want to eat this autumn.
Hats off to these witchy bites, topped with colorful buttercream and crafty cupcake liners.
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Made with finely ground pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg, these spiced cupcakes are perfect for fall.
Get into the spooky spirit with chocolate Ganache topped with white chocolate webs and M&M's spiders.
Get the Spiderweb Cupcakes recipe.
Get the Cookie Bat Cupcakes recipe.
DIY pineapple flowers add an extra touch of beauty to sweet-spicy cupcakes.
Get the Carrot-Pineapple Cupcakes recipe.
Use a pastry bag to easily pipe the luscious peanut butter filling into simple chocolate cupcakes. The chocolate sour cream frosting is a must!
Buttermilk gives a subtle acidity to balance these sweet vanilla cupcakes. Top them with edible fall flowers for the season!
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Want to hear something sweet? These spooky fall treats are topped with a crave-worthy hazelnut cream cheese frosting.
Instead of a classic cream cheese frosting, these cute cakes mix it up with sour cream instead. A bit of orange zest in the frosting adds even more zing.
It's easy to make the candied lavender that tops these cute cakes — just brush egg white on a lavender sprig, coat with sugar and let dry.
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Vanilla cupcakes stuffed with vanilla pudding and topped with a silky chocolate glaze make this classic dessert taste even better in cupcake form.
Get the Boston Cream Cupcakes recipe.
Lemon and strawberry is a flavor combo we want to eat all year long.
Stir heaps of chocolate chunks into vanilla cupcake batter for chocolatey texture in every bite. Perfect for back-to-school season!
Get the Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes With Swirled Frosting recipe from Country Living.
The kids won't be able to resist these easy vanilla cupcakes decorated with sugar cookie turkeys and colorful candy melts — so be sure to snag some for the adults, too.
Get the Shake Your Tail Feathers Cupcake recipe from Woman's Day.
Made with yellow cake mix and a can of sweet potato puree, this marshmallow frosting-topped treat is a breeze to make.
Get the Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes recipe from Delish.
These rich chocolate and coffee cakes have a surprise treat: Cut them open to find a center of chocolate candies!
Get the Something-to-Hide Devil's Food Cupcakes recipe from Country Living.
Creamy marshmallow frosting makes these white cake cupcakes extra airy — and completes the the tri-color effect!
Get the Candy Corn Cupcakes recipe from Woman's Day.
Spiced cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting is just the thing for fall.
Get the Carrot Cake Cupcakes recipe from Delish.