Fall Themed Cupcakes: Autumn Color Frosting and Candy Acorn Toppers

Beautiful autumn color can inspire just about anything, even cupcakes. Celebrate the season with my autumn-inspired cupcakes. Granny Smith apples and spice give these cupcakes the flavor of the season. They smell wonderful while they’re baking and give the kitchen such a warm, homey feeling.

To frost your fall cupcakes, experiment with mixing just the right amounts of yellow, brown, red and orange food colors. (Brown food color is available in most specialty sections of department stores). You can create shades that mimic Mother Nature’s palette.

The acorns? They’re made with Nutter Butter minis, Hersey kisses and butterscotch morsels. Just hold everything together with a tad of creamy, sticky peanut butter.

Bake these and serve with spiced tea at your fall book club meetings, or any fall event. They are the perfect fall cupcake.

 

Ingredients for Apple Cupcakes
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Butter, melted
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 and 1/2 Cups All purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tps Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Granny Smith apples, chopped
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
Apple Cupcakes
  1. Combine eggs, milk. melted butter and vanilla
  2. Mix sugar, flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a separate bowl
  3. Add dry mixture in the liquid ones just until moistened
  4. Fold in the chopped apples
  5. Bake in cupcake liners at 350 degrees for 18 minutes

 

 

 

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Mix until just moistened and add chopped Granny Smith apples

 

 

Fall Leaf Peak Times in the United States

Time
East Coast
Midwest
West Coast
Late September
Northernmost parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.
Central parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado
Highest elvations of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
Early October
Highest elevations in North Carolina, West Virginia and Maine, Pennsyvania
Far North New Mexico, Cenral Colorado, Western Wyoming,
Eastern Idaho, Westernmost Montana, Northernmost Arizona and Central Utah
Mid October
Western North & South Carolina, Western Virginia, Maryland & Delaware, Most of Pennsylvania, Western New York, Eastern Connecticut, Far Eastern Massachucettes and Maine,
Central & Southern Minnesota, all of Iowa, Northeastern Kansas, Southern Missouri, South and Central Wisconsin, Eastern North & South Dakota
Eastern Wyoming, Northern Arizona, Western Idaho, Central Oregon, Central Washington, North-Central California, Western Nevada
Late October
Northernmost Alabama, Mississippi & Arkansas, North Georgia, Western Virginia , Maryland & Delaware
Northeastern Oklahoma, Central Kansas, Souternmost Indiana
All but the central parts of Oregon& Washington, Lowest elevations of Northern California
Early November
Eastern Delaware, Eastern Virginia, North & South Carolina, Central & Southern Georgia & Alabama
Central & Soutern Arkansas, Central Mississippi, most of Oklahoma, Northern Texas, Western Kansas, Eastern Nebraska

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

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Leaf coloration in the fall depends on leaf pigment and weather. Longer and cooler nights in the fall spark chemical processes that paint the leaves on deciduous trees brilliant colors in many part of the world. The three types of pigments that effect color are chlorophyll (green), anthocyanins (red) and caretinoids (yellow).

Chlorophyll and caretinoids exist within the leaf all through the growing season. Anthocyanins are present in the fall due to bright light and increased plant cell sugars in the leaf cells. As the length of darkness increases in the fall, the leaf stops making chlorophyll and the other pigments take over.

Leaf color also depends on tree species. Oak leaves turn red or russet. Poplar,hickory and aspen will be golden or yellowish. Sourwood trees and certain maples will be flaming crimson. Dogwoods are a pretty purplish-red.

Weather affects the fall show of colors. The most spectacular shows follow successions of warm, sunny days and nights that are cold but not freezing.

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