30 Fall Cupcakes You’ll Want to Try Now

With flavors like caramel apple, pumpkin spice and chai, it's hard to resist fall cupcakes!

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Chocolate Ganache Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I’ve been baking cakes for years and enjoy trying new combinations of flavors and textures. For this peanut butter cupcake recipe, I blended peanut butter and chocolate. As soon as I took the first bite, I knew I had created something divine! —Ronda Schabes, Vicksburg, Michigan

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Caramel Gingerbread Cupcakes

One night, my niece and I put our heads together to come up a with a fabulous cupcake. We combined our favorite gingerbread cookie recipe and our favorite cupcake recipe, then enhanced the cupcakes with caramel frosting and a drizzle of caramel ice cream topping. Our guests reached for seconds and thirds until nothing was left but a delicious memory and a stellar recipe to share. —Delaine Smith, Barrie, Ontario
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Cream-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

Here’s a charming use for pumpkin. Bursting with flavor and plenty of eye-catching appeal, these sweet and spicy filled fall cupcakes are bound to dazzle your family any time of the year. —Ali Johnson, Petersburg, Pennsylvania
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Carrot Cupcakes

To try to get my family to eat more vegetables, I often “hide” nutritional foods inside sweet treats. The carrots add wonderful moistness to these fall cupcakes, which have a rich cream cheese frosting. Now we can have our cake and eat our vegetables, too! —Doreen Kelly, Rosyln, Pennsylvania
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Want a taste of fall year-round? These pumpkin spice delights feature all the best fall cupcake flavors rolled into one. Topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting, expect spicy notes of ginger and cloves as you you bite into these moist treats.

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Air-Fryer Mocha Cupcakes

These luscious fall cupcakes smell wonderful while they cook. If you have the drawer-type air fryer, you’ll need to use individual silicone cupcake liners. If you have a bigger air fryer, a 6-cup muffin tin should fit in nicely. —Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Upside-Down Blood Orange Cupcakes

Making blood orange cupcakes is my favorite way to use fresh blood oranges. I start with a cake mix and bump up the flavor with essential oil. No one knows these cupcakes are not from scratch. —Monica Chadha, Fremont, California
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Air-Fryer Bacon-Peanut Butter Cornbread Muffins

My family can't get enough of bacon and peanut butter, so I created these quick and easy cornbread muffins using ingredients I regularly keep stocked in my pantry and fridge. The streusel topping adds a delicious sweet and salty crunch! —Shannon Kohn, Summerville, South Carolina
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Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Ended up with an excess of homemade applesauce? Bake these applesauce spice cupcakes! This simple recipe showcases the best fall cupcake flavors in one single serving. And, best of all? You only need 15 minutes to prep.
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Brownie Kiss Cupcakes

It’s fun to prepare individual brownie cupcakes with a chocolaty surprise inside. My goddaughter asked me to make them for her birthday to share at school. She requested 32. I later found out she needed only 27 for her class...wonder where the other five went! —Pamela Lute, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
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Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting

Kids and adults alike will find these Oreo cupcakes irresistible. If you want to pipe the frosting, be sure to thoroughly crush the cookies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chai Cupcakes

Combining the best fall cupcake flavors of the season, these aromatic spiced cakes are best served with a bold cup of hot chai. Making a double batch? Follow our guide to learn how to freeze your cupcakes.
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Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes

I love these fall cupcakes that are loaded with chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. My mom makes them for dessert on special occasions or for a sweet autumn snack.
-Jacinta Ransom, South Haven, Michigan
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Want a taste of fall year-round? These pumpkin spice delights feature all the best fall cupcake flavors rolled into one. Topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting, expect spicy notes of ginger and cloves as you you bite into these moist treats.

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

It’s hard to believe these award-winning fall cupcakes require just five simple ingredients! Ready in under an hour, this recipe by Diane Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas, uses melted caramel as a topping to evoke that quintessential old-fashioned taste of fall.

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes

A brown sugar batter base and fluffy, salty frosting make these cupcakes the perfect balance of sweet and salty. LOVE caramel? Drizzle these fall cupcakes with your own homemade caramel sauce.
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Surprise Pumpkin Cupcakes

A luscious cream cheese filling makes biting into these soft fall cupcakes an actual open-for-surprise moment. These are the perfect dessert—one recipe makes two dozen cupcakes—to take to a holiday potluck or work function.

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Autumn Pumpkin Cupcakes

Topped with cream cheese frosting, this fall cupcake recipe by Wendy Rusch of Trego, Wisconsin, evokes the charms of this season with every bite. The caramel sauce can be made in advance and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to serve dessert.

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Chocolate-Pecan Cupcakes

Chocolate-Pecan Cupcakes

These Chocolate-Pecan Cracker Cupcakes are inspired by a local restaurant’s pie recipe. They are rich and yummy! If your marshmallow frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar, and if it’s too thick, add a little milk or heavy cream. —Bonnie De Jong, Holland, Michigan
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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

These apple pie cupcakes are always a hit! They are so easy to make and the flavor just screams fall. Of course, they’re just as delicious any other time of year. —Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa
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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

These indulgent vegan chocolate cupcakes have no butter, eggs or dairy milk, but you'd never guess it. This recipe is perfect for potlucks and family gatherings that include guests with food restrictions. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Maple Carrot Cupcakes

I come from a line of family cooks and have liked to cook and bake since I was young. Mother and Grandmom were always in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. These carrot cupcakes were Grandmom’s specialty, and we always have them at family gatherings. —Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio, Vineland, New Jersey
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Owl Tree

Decorating these owl-shaped cupcakes makes for a fun, kid-friendly baking activity that just so happens to be great for Halloween. Need more inspiration? Here’s our list of sweet and spooky Halloween treats.
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Hummingbird Cupcakes

Craving some pumpkin pie? Try these cream-filled pumpkin cupcakes instead! Bursting with fall cupcake flavor, these delicious treats taste even better if you swap out the ground cinnamon for a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
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Cream Cheese Chocolate Cupcakes

A rich cream cheese filling, coupled with chocolate and peanut butter chips, makes it easy to see why these fall cupcakes are one of our favorite contest-winning recipes. Making these for a holiday gathering? Be sure to double the batch—they will go fast!

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Pumpkin Streusel Cupcakes

The fall cupcake flavors are off-the-charts in this simple, 45-minute recipe. Donna Gish of Blue Springs, Missouri elevates these spice cake mix cupcakes with a tasty cinnamon streusel topping and homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting.
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Peanut-Filled Devil’s Food Cupcakes

This recipe features a luscious peanut butter filling surrounded by devil’s food and then iced with a rich layer of ganache. They’re to die for! —Mary Lou Timpson, Colorado City, Arizona
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Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

Not only do kids love to eat these cupcakes, they can help bake them, too. To make things even easier for them, we got the idea to dunk them in premade caramel apple dip instead of using frosting. —Donna Schaab, Belleville, Illinois
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Peanut Butter Truffle Cupcakes

Not only are these peanut butter truffle cupcakes high in protein—6 grams of protein per serving—but they’re surprisingly low calorie as well. Don’t skip on the coffee; it’s our secret ingredient for the best chocolate desserts ever!
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Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes

Not only are these Halloween-themed cupcakes easy to whip up, but they’re colorful to boot. Thanks to the addition of sour cream—which makes these fall cupcakes decadent and moist—you’ll never believe the recipe is made with cake mix!
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Spice Cupcakes

The creamy caramel frosting, chopped walnut topping and moist, aromatic base make it hard to eat only one of these fall cupcakes by Carla Hodenfield of Ray, North Dakota! They’re freezer-friendly, too, so be sure to double the batch if you want to have leftovers.

Christabel Lobo
Christabel Lobo is a freelance writer, digital designer and illustrator. She specializes in writing and content marketing related to travel, food, lifestyle, art and wellness. Her writing has appeared in TripSavvy, October Magazine, Zagat Stories, Lonely Planet, AllRecipes, LIVESTRONG.com, Outrigger Hotels, The Hindu Business Line, Open Skies, Trivago, Fodor's, Barclays Travel, London's Evening Standard, Silkwinds, Leaf.tv, HuffPost, and more. She was responsible for researching and updating the Kerala chapter of Fodor's Essential India 2019 guidebook. In addition to having completed her RYT 200 Hatha yoga teacher training, Christabel is also a mixed media designer focusing on web design, illustrations and surface pattern design.