7 Adorably Decorated Fall Cupcakes

Pie may dominate most fall dessert spreads, but here's a case for fall cupcakes instead. Whether you're celebrating Halloween and need a frightful graveyard treat or hosting a general fall soiree and want a pumpkin-shape cupcake dessert, we've got you covered. On Thanksgiving day, may we recommend turkey cupcakes for the kids' table?

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These adorable cupcakes will be the hit of the dessert table! A few candies, frosting, sprinkles, and cookies do the legwork; you just add your creativity. Here's how to make cupcake pumpkins, turkeys -- even campfires! It's enough to make you want to serve dessert first.

Acorn-Topped Cupcake

  1. Frost your favorite cupcake.
  2. Attach a chocolate kiss to a mini vanilla wafer with a dab of chocolate frosting.
  3. Add a mini chocolate chip to the top of the vanilla wafer.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make two acorns.
  5. Stick acorns into the cupcake frosting.

Turkey Cupcake

  1. Attach five pieces of candy corn to a striped cookie using chocolate frosting.
  2. Attach a mini peanut butter cup in the same manner.
  3. On top of the peanut butter cup, add a red candy piece for the turkey's face, a yellow candy-coated sunflower seed for the wattle, and mini chocolate chips for eyes.
  4. Frost your cupcake and place the cookie on top.

Graveyard Cupcake

  1. Use chocolate frosting to cover a cupcake.
  2. Add green sprinkles and chocolate rocks.
  3. Write "RIP" on a mini wooden stick and insert into cupcake.

Campfire Cupcake

  1. Frost cupcake with white frosting.
  2. Add chocoalte rocks and pretzel sticks to build the firelike base.
  3. Trim red fruit leather to look like flames; weave into pretzel sticks.
  4. Toast two mini marshmallows and push onto a toothpick. Insert toothpick into cupcake.

Pie Cupcake

  1. Frost cupcake with cream-color frosting.
  2. Add a yellow sandwich cookie to the top of the cupcake.
  3. Top with a small dollop of red jam.
  4. Pipe four lines of cream-color frosting to create the piecrust look on top of the jam.

Corn Cupcake

  1. Line three cupcakes in a row and frost them all as one.
  2. Pile on jelly beans to look like corn kernels.
  3. If desired, prop with dried cornstalks for the full look.

Pumpkin Cupcake

  1. Use orange frosting to attach a mini chocolate doughnut to a chocolate cupcake.
  2. Use orange frosting to completely cover the doughnut and the top of the cupcake.
  3. Dip the cupcake in orange-color sugar.
  4. Use a toothpick to press a few lines into the top of the cupcake.
  5. Insert a broken pretzel stick into the top of the cupcake as a pumpkin stem.
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