You won’t believe how easy these fall leaves cupcakes were to decorate. Yellow and Orange frosting with chocolate leaves are so stunning for your Autumn Party.
Fall Leaves Cupcakes
Living in the Mid-Atlantic, I’m spoiled by Mother Nature and all of the beautiful fall colors that she has to offer. These Chocolate Leaves and stunning colored cupcakes were 100% inspired by the changing leaves on the trees, in the wind, and on the ground here in West Virginia. These Fall Leaves Cupcakes are easy to make and are absolutely stunning to serve.
I love the yellow, orange, and red swirls on the frosting. Isn’t it pretty! Doesn’t it just scream FALL to you? Well it does to me.
You may notice there are a few variations to the chocolate leaves. Learn from my mistakes.
- My first attempt, the leaves were very fragile. The centers of the leaf didn’t touch the edges and they fell apart.
- My second attempt, I just winged it and didn’t use a template. They are ok…
But, here’s what I learned –
Making Chocolate Leaves
Making the chocolate leaves is pretty easy. Here’s a template I created that you can print and use.
You’ll want to melt your chocolate in a piping bag. I popped it in the microwave for 1 minute at 70% power. Massage the bag and then microwave again for 30 seconds at 70% power. It should be all melted now.
Print the template and place it on a cookie sheet. Cover the template with parchment paper and snip off the tip of the piping bag.
Now, just trace the outline. There is no need to be precise or perfect. Make the chocolate a little thick and have the center parts touch the edge of the leaves. Set the tray aside to dry while you make the frosting.
How to Make the Colored Frosting
Make your favorite buttercream frosting. If you’re in a rush, you can whip together a can of vanilla frosting with a cup of powdered sugar and a bit of vanilla extra for some quick and easy frosting.
Prepare a piping bag with a large piping tip – I used a Wilton 1M tip. Dip a toothpick into your desired food coloring and “paint” lines on the inside of the bag. You won’t always see the color or it may bead up and that’s ok. You’ll see it when the frosting is added to the bag.
As you pipe your frosting, the colors will first appear very bright but will fade as you continue. Don’t add a ton of food coloring. It won’t look pretty and it will run out the tip.
FYI – Food coloring gels work best for sticking to the bag longer than water based coloring.
- Favorite Cupcakes
- Vanilla Frosting – homemade or 1 can Vanilla Frosting and 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- Yellow, Orange, Red food coloring
- Chocolate Chips or Chocoalte Candy Melts
- Bake your favorite batch of cupcakes.
- Make some vanilla frosting, either with homemade buttercream or mix together canned frosting and powdered sugar until thick.
- Put the frosting into a piping bag with a 1M star tip. Alternate adding a stripe of food coloring to the inside of the bag. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe on your frosting.
- Place a handful of chocolate chips in a baggie and place them into hot water to melt. Massage the baggie to make sure that it’s all melted then snip off the corner of the bag and pipe leaf outlines on to parchment paper. Refrigerate to set the chocolate leaves for 10 minutes. Place a leaf on top of a cupcake and serve at your fall party!
Unfortunately, these cupcakes were made in 2013 and I can no longer find these Wilton Fall Leaf Tulip Cupcake Liners.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g