25 Best Fall Cupcakes and Decorating Ideas Filled With Autumn Flavor

This year's harvest features apple, cinnamon and pumpkin-spiced treats!

pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Mike Garten

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!

pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Mike Garten
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

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.

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cupcakes with mini witch hats on top
Mike Garten
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Witch Cupcakes

Hats off to these witchy bites, topped with colorful buttercream and crafty cupcake liners.

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pecan cupcakes with spiced vanilla frosting
Mike Garten
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Pecan Cupcakes with Spiced Vanilla Frosting

Made with finely ground pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg, these spiced cupcakes are perfect for fall.

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chocolate spiderweb cupcakes
Mike Garten
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Spiderweb Cupcakes

Get into the spooky spirit with chocolate Ganache topped with white chocolate webs and M&M's spiders.

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cookie bat cupcakes
Mike Garten
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Cookie Bat Cupcakes

Store-bought cookies and candies turn chocolate cupcakes and dyed vanilla buttercream into spooky faces in this fun fall activity.

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carrot pineapple cupcakes on a pink background
Mike Garten
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Carrot-Pineapple Cupcakes

DIY pineapple flowers add an extra touch of beauty to sweet-spicy cupcakes.

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peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes
Con Poulos
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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

Use a pastry bag to easily pipe the luscious peanut butter filling into simple chocolate cupcakes. The chocolate sour cream frosting is a must!

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Buttermilk Cupcakes

Buttermilk gives a subtle acidity to balance these sweet vanilla cupcakes. Top them with edible fall flowers for the season!

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chocolate pumpkin witch cupcakes with tiny brooms
Tara Donne
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Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcakes

Want to hear something sweet? These spooky fall treats are topped with a crave-worthy hazelnut cream cheese frosting.

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pumpkin spice cupcakes with orange sour cream frosting
Con Poulos
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Orange Sour Cream 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.

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chocolate cupcakes with graveyard cookies on top
Mike Garten
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Graveyard Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes and creamy chocolate buttercream taste even better when buried under crushed-Oreo-cookie "dirt."

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ice cream cupcakes with oreo cookies on top
Mike Garten
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Ice Cream Cupcakes

Three layers of ice cream mixed with your favorite sweet n' salty add-ins (Oreos, graham crackers, vanilla wafers — you choose!) makes a fun DIY dessert that the kids can make, too.

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sugared lavender cupcakes on a blue background
Mike Garten
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Sugared Lavender Cupcakes

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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boston cream cupcake on a cake stand
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Boston Cream Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes stuffed with vanilla pudding and topped with a silky chocolate glaze make this classic dessert taste even better in cupcake form.

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colorful cupcakes with skeleton cookies on top
Mike Garten
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Chocolate Skeleton Cookie Cupcakes

Here's an idea for your Halloween snack table that won't scare anyone away: Vanilla cupcakes topped with brightly colored candies and chocolate skeleton cookies.

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green and black cupcakes that look like mummies
Mike Garten
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Mummy Cupcakes

Peek-a-BOO, these delicious vanilla buttercream-frosted cupcakes see you!

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lemon cupcakes with strawberry frosting and freeze dried strawberries on top
Mike Garten
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Lemon Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

Lemon and strawberry is a flavor combo we want to eat all year long.

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chocolate chunk cupcakes with swirled frosting on top
Ren Fuller
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Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes with Swirled Frosting

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.

thanksgiving cupcakes with turkeys made of frosting on top
Con Poulos
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Shake Your Tail Feathers Cupcake

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.

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Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes

Made with yellow cake mix and a can of sweet potato puree, this marshmallow frosting-topped treat is a breeze to make.

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devil's food cupcakes with yellow frosting and chocolate candy on top
Brian Woodcock
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Something-to-Hide Devil's Food Cupcakes

These rich chocolate and coffee cakes have a surprise treat: Cut them open to find a center of chocolate candies!

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candy corn cupcakes with white frosting and candy corn on top
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Candy Corn Cupcakes

Creamy marshmallow frosting makes these white cake cupcakes extra airy — and completes the the tri-color effect!

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pumpkin pie cupcakes with white frosting on top
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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Yep, it's your favorite Thanksgiving dessert in cupcake form, topped with (what else?) whipped cream.

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almond joy cupcakes with chocolate drizzled on top
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Almond Joy Cupcakes

Turn your favorite Halloween candy into an irresistible treat!

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carrot cake cupcakes with whit frosting and toasted pecans on top
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Spiced cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting is just the thing for fall.

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