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Gearing Up for Fall: Autumn Leaf Cupcakes

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This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s fall! Beautiful fall! That wonderful season with near-perfect weather and more blog deadlines than ever! Hear me: I am excited about being busier than ever…I’m just trying to juggle and keep balance at the same time—and hopefully one morning I’ll wake up well-rested and not completely exhausted. I know many of you can relate.

Autumn Cupcake Ideas

Now that I’m full time blogging, I’m in the kitchen a lot more.  Right now I am trying to perfect my cookie decorating skills. It’s a work in progress, for sure! I really love it but I am only able to manage simple shapes right now—and it’s been a challenge not to make a complete mess all over myself and the kitchen.

Cupcake Ideas for Thanksgiving

On Monday, I made these cookie topped cupcakes. Of course, the first go-around I added double the amount of milk I should have in the flood icing. What a disaster. It actually didn’t dawn on me until I started to put the icing in the piping bag and it started pouring out of the tip like copper colored water. I had it all over my arms, clothes, face and even my leg (don’t ask). Basically, when I was finally done icing the leaf cookies, I had to jump in the shower.

Suave Naturals Creamy

On any given day, working around food means I’m frequently washing my hands. I’ve always had sensitive skin and going into cooler weather has historically meant more issues. I’m trying new ideas already, in hope of totally avoiding the red, chapped and dry look that usually plagues me when temperatures go down.

Suave Moisturizing Body Wash

One of my secret tactics is using Suave Moisturizing Body Wash in the kitchen instead of my usual hand soap! I’m loving the creamy cocoa butter and shea version. There is also a companion lotion. They smell divine and so far I think it is making a difference. Suave also has Lavender Vanilla and Moroccan Infusion that smell really nice. From 9/page/20 – 10/page/24 at Target, you can save 10% on Suave lotions and beautiful skin with Cartwheel.

Faux Bois Cupcake Liners

Beautiful skin? Yes, please. Cookie-topped cupcakes? Umm…YES! Here’s my latest version. I cracked open my faux bois cupcake liners—don’t they read “fall”?

Gearing Up for Fall

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Outline Icing Recipe

Fall Cupcake Ideas



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  • 1 Box Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 Box Vanilla Pudding


  • (make a double batch for 12 cupcakes)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • 2 sticks butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Add gel coloring (copper)
  • Stir until well combined
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons milk
  • Add gel coloring (copper)
  • Stir until well combined



  1. Add pudding mix to cake mix and follow baking instructions on cake mix.


  1. Mix all ingredients until light and fluffy


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just blended
  4. Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl
  5. Add to wet mixture
  6. Mix until only combined, do not overmix
  7. Put dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out
  8. Cut into shapes and place on greased cookie sheet
  9. Bake for 10 minutes
  10. Let cool before icing


  1. Use a piping bag with a Wilton #3 tip to outline the cookies


  • Use a piping bag with a 1M tip. Work from the center of the cupcake to the outside.


  • Calories: 11148
  • Sugar: 1371
  • Sodium: 6334
  • Fat: 432
  • Saturated Fat: 208
  • Unsaturated Fat: 197
  • Trans Fat: 11
  • Carbohydrates: 1769
  • Protein: 74
  • Cholesterol: 1104

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.