15 Fall Cupcakes Full of Autumnal Flavor

Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
Photo: Dianne

Pumpkin, maple, pecan, ginger, caramel, apple, sweet potato, and cinnamon...these are just a few of the flavors that fall ushers in each year. As you embark on your autumn baking journey, here are some of our best fall-themed cupcakes to start with, no special occasion necessary. Celebrate the season with these 15 fall cupcakes ideas that are perfect for any gathering (or night in).

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Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes on a white dish

Recipe creator Lisa Lewis describes these as, "These taste of fall, and the crystallized ginger gives them a lovely little zing. Even people who don't like pumpkin love these cupcakes. These disappear as fast as I can set them out!"

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes on a white dish

When sweater weather rolls around, it's only fitting that everything you bake be inspired by this popular latte flavor. "They taste and look like they were purchased from a cupcake store," says reviewer CorinneRW.

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Apple Banana Cupcakes

Apple Banana Cupcakes

Reviewer KERRE recommends pairing these moist, fruity cupcakes with our Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting recipe for the ultimate fall duo.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake with whipped cream and cinnamon
Jess Nemcova

For a mini dessert that will make your guests say "awww," give these mini pumpkin cheesecakes a try. Plus this recipe uses pre-made, mini graham cracker pie crusts for added convenience: "Very easy and the mini pie crusts are super convenient," says reviewer cookinmommy.

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Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy corn layered cupcakes with white icing and candy corn garnish

No matter how you feel about this divisive fall candy, you'll find these layered cupcakes to be as delicious as they are cute. "We made these for our son's school carnival and they were a sensational hit," says reviewer CarolinaCook.

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

sweet potato cupcakes with marshmallow frosting

It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to get a taste of this classic casserole. Recipe creator Doughgril8 says, "These days, I tend to like savory sweet potato dishes with the meal, but marshmallowy cupcakes make a terrific fall dessert!"

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Almond Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Almond Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

This to-die-for combination of salted caramel and almond is like a warm hug on a cool fall day. "I made them for family and friends and everyone raved about them. I drizzled the caramel mixture over the batter once the liners were filled for an added caramel taste," says reviewer Ericka J.

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling

Chocolate and pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes with chocolate chips on top

Can't decide between chocolate or pumpkin this fall? Why not both? "Chocolate cupcakes with pumpkin cheesecake filling are a delicious combination of rich, moist chocolate cake and a creamy pumpkin smoothness inside," says recipe creator Culinary Envy.

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Candy'D Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Icing

Cupcakes with toasted marshmallows and pecans next to oranges and sweet potatoes

Sweet potato casserole always felt just a bit too sweet to be a side dish — have it for dessert in cupcake form instead. These cupcakes are slathered in a brown sugar icing that mimics that brown-sugar cinnamon topping we all love. "Even those who HATE sweet potatoes love these little gems. They really are light, airy and delicious. Not heavy as you might expect," says reviewer Candice.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread cupcakes with glaze and orange garnish

Let's be honest — decorating cupcakes is a lot easier than decorating a gingerbread house. Recipe creator Tigerlily suggests topping them off with holiday-specific candy.

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Candied Yam Cupcakes

Candied Yam Cupcakes on a white plate

Turn leftover holiday yams into today's dessert! Take it from reviewer Kennya Briones who says, "I used my leftover candied yams and cut the sugar to half a cup since the yams were already sweet. These cupcakes are beyond amazing. Fluffy moist and full of flavor!"

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Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Carrots are often associated with spring, but they actually have a fall harvest as well. Enjoy these carrot cupcakes with this decadent white chocolate cream cheese icing.

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Apple Cider Cupcakes

Cupcakes with white icing on white plate

"A simple, tasty fall treat--these cupcakes are easy to make and use basic pantry staples," says recipe creator RainbowJewels. Use up seasonal cider with these warm and spicy cupcakes.

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Cinnabon® Cupcakes

Cinnabon cupcakes with icing and pecan garnish
Doc Simonson

Cinnamon syrup is swirled into this cupcake batter for a sweet, fall taste in every bite.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting and fall-themed sprinkles

"I have searched for the perfect gingerbread recipe and this is definitely the one--moist and spicy and the cocoa powder somehow ties all the other flavors together," says reviewer ELBISKER.

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