Fall cupcakes are sweet desserts that make the best of the season’s ingredients like pumpkin and apple. It’s also more comfortable to work with the oven in the fall because the weather is much cooler, and you don’t have to worry about high heat or sweating.
However, the struggle arises when you search for the perfect recipe to make some delicious cupcakes for yourself and your beloved. The good news is there are various ways to turn pumpkin, apple, and other fall ingredients into beautifully yummy treats.
I have gathered all the ultimate recipes for cupcakes in the autumninto this list, so you don’t have to research yourself. Check it out now!
Before getting to the recipes, make sure you have a cupcake pan. It’s one of the most important equipment for baking that you can easily buy anywhere. It will help you shape the cupcakes much better than any alternatives.
You will find a lot of recipes on this list are meant for Halloween, but there are many others that you can enjoy any day you like. For example, some can be cupcakes for Easter as well.
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Overall, some cupcakes follow conventional rules; some break out to feature a distinct look and flavor. Regardless, they are all impressive.
Total time: 35 minutes
These pumpkin chip cupcakes with yummy cream cheese frosting are a great way to infuse more fun into fall. These cupcakes will appeal to everyone, especially children.
Besides, fall is the season of pumpkin and Halloween. So, it makes perfect sense to bake a few batches of Halloween-inspired cupcakes. If you seek tasty snack alternatives for Trick or Treat, here’s your answer.
You can increase the number of chocolate chips depending on your preference. I like to double the amount in the recipe just because I love this ingredient so much.
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Apple cupcakes are ideal for making in fall. These sweet treats are made with this fruit, and the sweetest, juiciest, and crispiest ones are available in the season.
Grated fresh apple is responsible for the authentic apple taste in these cupcakes. It also helps make the treats moist, soft, and delicate for an exotic mouthfeel. The excellent texture of this recipe is also thanks to the tenderness of the eggs.
On top of that, cinnamon powder dedicates its special scent to these cupcakes, creating an overall interesting, spiced, refreshing vibe.
Total time: 50 minutes
Nothing beats a pumpkin caramel latte cupcake on a breezy fall day that is not too hot but not too cold. When you bite into this delicious treat for the first time, you will find yourself in culinary heaven.
This delight features a perfect cupcake texture with cinnamon and caramel drizzled icing. If you want to spice things up, add some chocolate chips to the batter when you’re done mixing. Another way to tweak the recipe is to top the cupcakes with chocolate syrup.
You can serve these pumpkin caramel latte cupcakes on any occasion, such as fall weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, Thanksgiving, etc.
You can alter a few ingredients in the recipe. Watch how this baker creates his pumpkin caramel latte cupcakes.
Total time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
If you’re busy but still want to keep up with the season vibe, these vanilla pumpkin cupcakes could be your new best friends. This recipe uses store-bought cake mix and pumpkin spice pudding mix, so it shortens the ingredient list for you.
The star of this sweet dessert is the buttercream frosting. Its base ingredient is butter, assisted by whipped cream to create a light, creamy, super buttery, perfectly sweet, and fluffy mix.
It’s best to eat these cupcakes within the day. You can store them at room temperature for two days, but that will take a toll on their flavor. To best preserve these yummy treats, keep them in a fridge.
Total time: 45 minutes
The next recipe I’m introducing to you is a combination of the two most popular autumn ingredients, pumpkin and apple. Besides, there are nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves to enhance the cupcakes’ flavor.
You will notice that most recipes on this list require preheating the oven. It’s an extremely important thing to do. Typically, it’ll take about 10 to 15 minutes to preheat your oven.
When baking anything with flour and egg, you have to place them at the correct temperature from the beginning. This way, you can ensure the best rise and browning and avoid burning. The recipe recommend baking at 325 degrees F for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Total time: 2 hours
Whether you have kids or not, don’t miss out on these fun-looking monster cupcakes. In addition to being tasty, they will be the perfect addition to your Halloween party. If you have children, let them help you with garnishing, they will be so excited.
Compared with the previous recipes, this tasty non-sugar cupcake recipe calls for a greater effort in decorating. You need to divide the frosting into smaller batches. However, I promise your effort will pay off, given how beautiful the cupcakes look.
When mixing colors into the frosting, remember to start with a tiny amount of color gel and keep adding until you get the color you want. Don’t start with a tablespoon of color gel, or you will overdo it and ruin a whole batch of frosting.
Total time: 40 minutes
September and early October are the peak months of sweet potatoes, so it will be a mistake not to try to make some cupcakes out of them. Sweet potatoes are sweet by nature and get extremely soft when cooked, making them a good ingredient to work with.
The cupcakes have a luscious texture and a flavor full of toasty spice. Meanwhile, the meringue frosting on top features a touch of caramel color and vanilla taste to complete the treat. It’s smooth, fluffy, and fragrant, thanks to whipped egg whites and sugar.
These sweet potato cupcakes will be a big hit on an autumn day.
Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
By working for an hour and 15 minutes, you will achieve silky, melt-in-your-mouth apple cider cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese topping. They boast a delicate crumb and are soft but not light or fluffy.
This recipe stands out from the others on this list by using brown sugar rather than regular white sugar. It not only gives moisture to the cupcakes but also enhances the apple cider and cinnamon flavors.
Another special feature of these cupcakes is their apple cider and cranberry-based filling. It adds a fruity, refreshing flavor to the sweet treats. You can replace cranberry sauce with other fruit sauces, but make sure they are a bit tart to balance the cakes’ sweetness.
Total time: About 40 minutes
These cupcakes live up to their name, “wonder-fall”. They contain a unique ingredient, allspice, a dried Indian culinary spice. It gives the cupcakes a mixed flavor profile of black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.
Wonder-fall spice cupcakes are fun to eat, and they can warm you up on a dull, chilly autumn day. This recipe uses allspice for the cakes, but you can add a tiny bit of it to the buttercream to amplify this special flavor.
Total time: About 30 minutes
These ghost-shaped cupcakes don’t require as much garnishing effort as the monster cupcakes, but they still convey the festive spirit effectively. Top the cupcakes with buttercream and add two chocolate chips to form the ghost face.
Best of all, this tasty vegan-friendly cupcake recipe is gluten-free. So, if some of your guests are sensitive to gluten, you can offer them this safe sweet delight. I’m confident these cupcakes will make your Halloween party more fun.
Total time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Chai latte is an Indian tea-based drink that features cinnamon, clove, ginger, and cardamom spices. The drink is complete with frothy milk. With four Chai tea bags, this recipe delivers the Indian tea dynamic to your dessert.
When you decide to go for these spiced cupcakes, you should keep a few tips in mind to make sure the batches are as yummy as possible. First, you can use a 1M nozzle or any other nozzle size you have to pipe the frosting on the cakes.
Another useful tip will help you decorate the cupcakes beautifully. Placing a cinnamon stick and star anise or simply sprinkling cinnamon sugar on the cupcake will work perfectly.
Instead of Chai tea bags, you can make Chai Latte cupcakes with this ingredient. Find out in this instruction video!
Total time: 1 hour
These cupcakes are true to their name, a combination of traditional red velvet cake and cream cheese. However, there’s a twist. The recipe adds raspberry coulis to both the filling and the topping of the cupcakes, creating exotic and yummy filled cupcakes.
The runny, bloody red sauce delivers a fruity touch while giving the treats a red, scary Halloween vibe. Also, be careful when taking a bite of these delicious cupcakes because they can turn your lips and tongue crimson.
If you skip the Halloween design on top, these red velvet treats are also ideal for Valentine’s day cupcakes. Or, they can simply be a flavorful dessert on a fall day.
Total time: 40 minutes
As of now, you have probably realized the way to make a fall cupcake is by adding the season’s spice to either the cake, the topping, or both. And in this recipe, you will see fall through the pumpkin pie frosting rather than the cake part.
There’s not much to say about the cake as it’s the same thing as regular cupcakes. In terms of the frosting, you need to whip cream cheese with powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree. If the mix gets too thick, you can always add more cream or milk.
Total time: 10 minutes (excluding time for making cupcakes)
If you are devoted to creating a colorful Halloween for your kids and family, you may find yourself with an overwhelming amount of stuff to do. In such cases, the ability to assemble beautiful cupcakes is your savior.
This recipe involves only four ingredients, and you can buy all of them, including cupcakes, Hershey’s Kisses Candies, shortbread cookies, and frosting. The chocolate candies and cookies from the witch hat while the frosting sticks everything together.
That said, if you have some time to spare and want to make your frosting, simply whip some cream and add a color of your choice. While store-bought cupcakes are totally suitable for this recipe, feel free to bake your own batch.
Total time: 57 minutes
This recipe provides you with the perfect combination of cupcake and cheesecake. Creating these cheesecake swirl cupcakes is not as complicated as it seems.
Basically, you need to mix a regular cupcake batter and a cheesecake filling. When everything is ready to bake, place one layer of batter at the bottom, then a layer of cheesecake filling. Continue until you get the right amount of batter in each cupcake pan.
After baking, when you take the cupcakes out for cooling, you may notice the centers fall a bit. This is completely normal because they have cheesecake fillings.
Total time: 4 hours and 10 minutes
I know this is probably the most time-consuming recipe on this list. Who has the time? But before you move on from this part, take a look at these beautiful treats. If you have guests over for dinner and you serve them these, it’s like a big ending to your meal.
Cinnamon roll cupcakes look like they have a crown on top of the frosting. It makes them look so tall and royal, not to mention the cinnamon flavor is the season’s signature. This ingredient is present in every part, the cupcakes, the frosting, the filling, and the rolls.
Lastly, regarding the glaze on top of the treat, if it ends up too runny, you can fix it by adding powdered sugar. On the other hand, if it’s too stiff, you should add milk to make it runnier.
Wonder how to assemble cinnamon roll cupcakes? Check out how this chef makes her version from start to end.
17. Turkey Cupcakes
Total time: 50 minutes
Less than a month after Halloween is Thanksgiving, one of the year’s biggest events. If you are looking for cupcake ideas for your Thanksgiving, give these turkey cupcakes a try.
If you use packaged ingredients, they will be extremely easy and quick to make. All you have to do is assemble the cupcake with frosting and decorate candies. The result is several funny, ridiculous-looking cupcakes that will make your children, family, and guests giggle.
In terms of flavor and texture, these cupcakes combine a chewy texture of marshmallows, creaminess of the frosting, and softness of the cupcakes, creating a mouthfeel blast.
Total time: 38 minutes
Adding fillings to the core of the cupcake is an excellent way to make it more delectable and diverse in flavor. I have introduced cupcakes with cranberry sauce filling and cheesecake filling, and pecan filling is next on the list.
The pecan is another fall ingredient as its harvest season is from mid-October to November. Therefore, it’s very popular in making fall desserts.
In pecan pie cupcakes, brown sugar, pumpkin, and pecans come together to create the right sweetness for the treats. The cupcakes are so soft and delicate that they can melt right in your mouth. Meanwhile, the filling and bourbon frosting add creaminess to the whole thing.
Total time: 40 minutes
These cupcakes use a different approach from Chai Latte cupcakes. Rather than using actual chai tea, this recipe mixes multiple ingredients to recreate Chai tea’s flavor in the cakes.
Specifically, you need to mix the following ingredients into the cupcake batter: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Among many frosting types, I use cinnamon frosting in this recipe to bring out the chai tea flavor.
If you don’t want your cupcakes to fail, don’t use stiff butter because it will make your frosting stiff and difficult to pipe. For the best result, opt for room temperature butter.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you should sift your powdered sugar to avoid lumpy frosting. After all the hard work, enjoy your yummy Chai spice cupcakes. Nothing can beat these treats and a cup of hot tea on a chilly day!
Total time: 35 minutes
When you want to relax with some basic cupcakes so you can spend more time reading a book than cleaning in the kitchen, this recipe could be your go-to choice. It involves basic ingredients and a short process from start to end.
Firstly, you just need to place all the cupcake ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a mixer. Then, put the batter into a cupcake pan and bake for 18 to 22 minutes. Once the baking is done, take the cupcakes out, and let them cool.
For the frosting, place all the ingredients in a stand mixer’s bowl and mix on low until everything is combined. If the cupcakes haven’t cooled completely by the time the frosting is ready, keep them in the fridge while you wait.
Total time: 55 minutes
These chocolate caramel cupcakes are filled with a gooey and buttery homemade caramel sauce and topped with a light caramel whipped mascarpone cream icing. These delightful treats are great for Fall and are also a perfect cupcake choice for Easter.
They are full and soft, featuring delicious chocolate and caramel overtones that are not excessively sweet. If you want to reduce the sweetness of this recipe further, you can add sea salt to the caramel sauce.
Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature to get the best cupcakes. If the butter, milk, or eggs are too cold, they won’t emulsify properly with the other ingredients. As a result, you will not get the desired texture.
You can make chocolate caramel cupcakes with fewer ingredients. Here’s how!
Total time: 1 hour and 35 minutes
Apple crumble cupcakes have a unique sweet flavor that makes them ideal for the fall season. The brown sugar and cinnamon cupcake sponge is filled with spiced stewed apples, covered with sweet cinnamon buttercream, more stewed apples, and a crunchy topping.
Cinnamon, coriander seed, nutmeg, clove, pimento, and ginger make up the mixed spice in this sweet treat. If you cannot gather this British spice blend, you can replace it with a pumpkin spice mix.
Also, the best type of sugar to use for this recipe is light brown soft sugar, as it contributes a caramel flavor to both the stewed apples and cupcakes.
Total time: 50 minutes
Purple monster cupcakes are a fantastic Halloween treat and a great addition to your list of monster cupcake recipes. They are festive without looking frightening. Apart from their eye catching look, these are regular vanilla sponges with additional pumpkin spice.
They are also quite easy to make. You just need to follow the recipe to make conventional cupcakes, color the frosting and use a grass piping tip for decoration. These purple monster cupcakes are much simpler than the blood-red velvet and cinnamon roll cupcakes.
It’s worth noting that the pumpkin spice is optional. You can omit it if you are not a fan of pumpkins.
Total time: 1 hour
If you are tired of the standard cupcake shape, try this Apple-sauced cupcake recipe for a change. I’m sure your work will wow everyone.
The secret to creating the apple shape turns out to be very simple. When you place cupcake liners into the cupcake pan, place a marble between the pan and the liner. If you don’t have marbles, form some tinfoil balls instead.
When the baking is done, and the cupcakes are cool, the only thing left to do is garnish. Simply top them with red-colored frosting to resemble the apple’s color. Then, use pretzel sticks and gumdrops to imitate the branches and leaves.
Total time: 30 minutes
These pumpkin pie cupcakes are different from all the conventional cupcakes you have ever known. They resemble the texture of a pie and have frosting on top, pretty much similar to how you put whipped cream on a regular pie.
They have this smooth, dense, heavy texture by mixing a large portion of pumpkin puree with a small amount of flour and other dry ingredients. It also results in a cake sponge with a strong pumpkin flavor and smell. So, it’s the ultimate dessert for pumpkin lovers.
When adding the whipped cream, you can follow the recipe, use a spoon to scoop, and place it on top of the cupcake, which gives it a homemade, country vibe. Otherwise, you can pipe the cream using a 1M nozzle.
Total time: 55 minutes
These lovely fall leaf cupcakes will be the talk of your fall party because of their unique and elegant appearance. If you can put them in matching cupcake liners, they will look like even more breath-taking.
The recipe for these cupcakes focuses on decoration and requires only store-bought cakes. Yet, you can totally make your own cupcakes if you want to, but that will take longer.
Now, the most important part of these cupcakes is the leaves. You need to make the best use of your drawing ability. Print out your favorite leaf template, place wax paper over the paper, and start tracing the outline of the leaves with melted chocolate.
After drawing, refrigerate the chocolate leaves for about 10 minutes. You can draw the same leaf for all the cupcakes or different leaves, your choice.
Total time: 45 minutes
When Candy Corns show up on the shelves at stores, you know Halloween is coming. Their yellow and orange stripes offer a great garnishing idea for cupcakes. And there you have Candy Corn Funfetti cupcakes.
These sweet treats feature a basic vanilla cupcake sponge and three yellow, orange, and white frosting layers, which imitate the candies’ colors. To complete the festive cupcakes, add Candy Corn sprinkles.
It takes less than an hour to bake these delightful desserts, and your children will definitely love to have some of them at the Halloween play date.
Whether you are making a batch for yourself or a get-together, I hope these amazing recipes will bring you joy during the season. Those who love baking can go for a more complicated recipe. Other lazy bakers can find several recipes they can quickly follow as well.
Lastly, do you know someone who could use these cupcake recipes too? Share the article with them and spread the fall atmosphere to more home kitchens.
24 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories283
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 6.1g 31%
- Cholesterol 41mg 14%
- Sodium 222mg 10%
- Potassium 67mg 2%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 0.6g 3%
- Sugars 27.7g
- Protein 2.7g 6%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.