23 Thanksgiving Cupcake Ideas Your Family Will Love

cupcakes with piped marshmallow topping on a white dish
Photo: Kim

Everyone at your holiday table will fall for these cozy cupcakes. Craving seasonal flavors like pumpkin (PSL lovers will love our Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, and Pumpkin-Ginger Cupcakes are deliciously light and fluffy), sweet potato (our recipe for Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting is perfect for fans of the classic Thanksgiving casserole), and cinnamon (if you like cinnamon rolls, you'll love our Cinnabon-inspired treats)? You're going to want to bookmark this collection of Thanksgiving cupcake ideas.

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Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

closeup of cupcakes with piped cream cheese frosting and candied ginger garnish
with Allspice Cream Cheese Frosting. Dianne

"Delicious, light and fluffy! These taste of fall, and the crystallized ginger gives then a lovely little zing," according to recipe creator Lisa Lewis. "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

Calling all PSL lovers! Topped with cinnamon-cream cheese frosting, you'll want to bake these autumnal cupcakes all year long.

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Vegan Cupcakes

Vegan Cupcakes

Your plant-based Thanksgiving guests will love these sweet vegan cupcakes. Top with Vegan Buttercream Frosting made with shortening and hemp milk.

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Candied Yam Cupcakes

Candied Yam Cupcakes on a white plate

Inspired by the Thanksgiving side dish, these candied yam-flavored mini cakes put leftover seasonal produce to good use.

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

cupcakes with piped marshmallow topping on a white dish

"These spiced fall cupcakes are a riff on the classic Thanksgiving casserole," says recipe creator Doughgirl8. "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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Apple Cider Cupcakes

Make these fall-inspired spiced cupcakes with cheap pantry staples. Butter, dark brown sugar, and apple cider make a mouthwatering trio in this special Thanksgiving treat.

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Apple Banana Cupcakes

Apple Banana Cupcakes

"You can't go wrong with these delicious cupcakes," raves reviewer Kerre. "Pair with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting for a fabulous duo!"

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

pumpkin cheesecake cupcake topped with powdered sugar in a cupcake wrapper
Buckwheat Queen

"After deciding against buying a springform pan, but wanting cheesecake for Thanksgiving, I combined a few recipes to get this final product," says recipe creator Cassandra. "It got great reviews from all the family!"

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Pecan Pie Cupcakes

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

Switch it up this year with Pecan Pie cupcakes. You just need six easy-to-find ingredients to throw this recipe together on Thanksgiving Day.

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Chai Cupcakes

Chai Cupcake on a white plate

"These cupcakes were amazing," according to reviewer crazyforcookies. "I am a sucker for chai and these hit the spot."

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin pie fans will absolutely love these quick and easy cupcakes. If you don't have yogurt, feel free to substitute sour cream.

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes
chef wonderful

Everyone will love these fun, candy apple-inspired cupcakes. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with walnuts.

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Cinnabon Cupcakes

Cinnabon cupcakes with icing and pecan garnish
Doc Simonson

"I love this recipe," says reviewer Paisley J. "I swirled the cinnamon syrup in the batter to give better coverage and cinnamon in every bite. Came out awesome."

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting and fall-themed sprinkles

These spicy-sweet cupcakes perfectly bridge the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Top with seasonal sprinkles before serving.

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Almond Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Almond Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

"These were excellent! I made them for family and friends and everyone raved about them," says reviewer Ericka J. "I drizzled the caramel mixture over the batter once the liners were filled for an added caramel taste."

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Everything Cupcakes

everything cupcakes

Thanksgiving Day is a time for indulgence, so why not treat yourself to these over-the-top cupcakes? Packed with all kinds of candy, they'll impress anyone with a serious sweet tooth.

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Pecan Banana Cupcakes

Pecan Banana Cupcakes

If you like banana bread, you'll love this sweet twist with a rich cream cheese frosting. Applesauce in the batter adds fruity flavor and moist texture.

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Hazelnut Truffle Cupcakes

Hazelnut Truffle Cupcakes

You can't get much more decadent than a chocolate-hazelnut cupcake topped with Nutella frosting. Hazelnut liqueur is the boozy secret ingredient.

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Almond Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Almond Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

"These were excellent," raves reviewer Ericka J, who drizzles caramel sauce on the cupcake liners. "I made them for family and friends and everyone raved about them."

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Champagne Cupcakes

Champagne Cupcakes
Andrea Vinci Rogers

Celebrate your favorite fall holiday with this Champagne-flavored cupcake recipe that starts with a package of white cake mix.

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Nutmeg Cake

Cupcakes topped with a swirl of creamy frosting and fall-themed paper decorations

"YUM! If you like nutmeg this is the cake for you," according to 5-star reviewer sunflowereyesmom.

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Irish Cocktail Cupcakes

mid angle looking at a plate of a few Irish cocktail cupcakes

Here's a boozy dessert, with Bailey's-infused frosting, that will be the star of the show at your Thanksgiving celebration.

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Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes with Maple-Bacon Frosting

Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes with Maple-Bacon Frosting on a blue background

"Delicious cupcakes made with chocolate and beer, topped with a cream cheese frosting and, of course, bacon," says recipe creator kris.

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More Inspiration

mini pecan pies on a white dish

Try one of Our Best Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Desserts. Plus, explore our entire collection of Thanksgiving Desserts.

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