Autumn Leaves Cupcakes Recipe
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Autumn Leaves Cupcakes Recipe

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Miniature leaf-shaped cookie cutters make it easy to create this autumn leaves scene atop any one of your favorite cupcake recipes. —Taste of Home Food Styling Team
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) caramel frosting or frosting of your choice
  • Cupcakes of your choice
  • Spiced gumdrops


  1. Frost cupcakes. Roll out gumdrops to 1/8-in. thickness; cut out with 1-in. to 1-1/2-in. leaf-shaped cookie cutters. Pile leaves on cupcakes as desired. Yield: varies.
Originally published as Autumn Leaves Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2009, p11/02/09

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Ceege User ID: 730520 254492
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"I had a luncheon to go to and was asked to bring dessert. I made my favorite cake recipe and topped it with a great frosting. Then made a bunch of these beautiful leaves and arranged and heaped them in the middle of the cake. It made a beautiful presentation and everyone thought it was wonderful......(I should have taken a picture)"

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 235980
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"Very easy and they look beautiful. Everyone oohed and ahhhhed when they saw them. I'm going to use this easy decorating idea for flowers too."

jillknit User ID: 902626 108286
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"So cute! Thinking I may try cutting fruit roll-ups for the leaves."

grammother User ID: 7203917 191372
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"Keep plenty of sugar nearby and sprinkle it on the gumdrops every few passes with the rolling pin."

mrsclausme User ID: 4604950 189453
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Great for our bake sale - everyone loved them!"

Party Hostess Diva User ID: 6863210 119396
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"I thought this was such a beautiful and simple idea. I followed the very simple instructions and had excellent results. To get the multi-colored leaves, press together two or three different colored gumdrops and roll. You can re-roll out the scraps to get even more. What a great idea, thanks!"

Mrs. Raz User ID: 5543585 189448
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"If you can not figure out how to do the gumdrops there is a video called Gumdrop Garnishes in the video section."

Lee15668 User ID: 4595566 211714
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"I'm trying to rate this recipe and it won't let me change the Star rating. I would give it a one or a zero. This isn't really a recipe for cupcakes, it's for the topping.

There is no easy way I can see to roll out gumdrops. It was not explained. I tried to roll them out from the bag and again after trying to soften in the microwave (tried after different amounts of time). Nothing worked except eventually they got too sticky! Maybe attaching a video or much more detailed instructions would work. They looked cute and I would have loved them to work."

dlangan User ID: 1113050 172712
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"These turned out beautiful! Worth the extra time to make."

cheryl47 User ID: 3084848 187555
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"Really cute!"

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