Easy Stenciled Cupcakes for the Holidays

How to Stencil Fall CupcakesStenciled Cupcakes – Decorate Holiday Cupcakes with Stencils

Decorating stenciled cupcakes for fall or for the holidays is a fast and easy way to decorate cupcakes with festive designs.

With just a bit of powdered confectioner’s sugar, I turned these chocolate cupcakes from drab to fab in a few short minutes.

It is really very simple.  Below I will show you the three quick steps to creating these lovely Fall Cupcakes.


Choose the Right Cupcake Recipe

When stenciling with Confectioner’s Sugar, I often leave off the icing and just stencil the top of the baked cupcake.  Because there is no frosting or icing, it is important to choose the right cupcake recipe.

For the cupcakes featured in this article, I made Devil’s Food cupcakes.  For convenience, I used a box mix, but I have recommended a few cupcake recipes below that do not require frosting.

I also prefer a mixing bowl with a pouring spout.  It just makes it so much easier to fill the cupcake liners.

Cupcakes without Icing


I Am Surrounded by Cupcakes Waiting to Be Decorated with Fall Stencils – Bake Cupcakes and Let Them Completely Cool

How to Stencil Cupcakes

If you add Confectioner’s Sugar while the cupcakes are hot, the confectioner’s sugar will be absorbed by the cupcake, therefore your design will basically disappear.


Supplies You Will Need to Get Started Stenciling Cupcakes

Baked Cupcakes ~ I baked Devil’s Food cupcakes Stencils or Cookie Cutters Confectioners Sugar

Decorators note:   An essential tool for decorating with Confectioner’s sugar is a cup with a mesh top.

How to Stencil Cupcakes for Fall

 Domino Powdered Confectioners Sugar 16ozCheck Price The Pampered Chef Flour/Sugar ShakerCheck Price

 Designer Stencils C073 Holiday Cupcake and Cookie Stencil Tops, Beige/semi-transparentCheck Price

Cupcake Stencils for Stenciled Cupcakes

On the cupcakes in this article, I used the Martha Stewart Fall Collection Stencils and the Wilton Autumn collection for a Thanksgiving design. Both sets are hard to find now.

The Maple leaf and the large acorn are both a part of the Martha Stewart Fall Collection of stencils.

The two little acorns are a stencil from the Wilton Autumn collection.

If you do not see a stencil that you like or if you have a treasure trove of cookie cutters, you can use small cookie cutters instead of stencils.

You can see several cupcakes I decorated with cookie cutters in my article, Easy Stenciled Cupcakes for Halloween.


Step by Step Photos with Instructions to Decorate Cupcakes with Confectioner’s Sugar

Stenciling Cupcakes


This recipe article was originally published by me in 2010 on a different site that no longer exists.
Unless otherwise noted with the individual photo, all Photos are mine and should not be used without written permission. ©Sylvestermouse



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I love cooking and I have been known to scurry around the kitchen, creating my own unique masterpieces. Creatively speaking there is not much I won't try and I have found one of my greatest joys in life is making our house a home. As a contributor on Cooking for the Holidays, I will be sharing my own recipes, cooking tips, and my love for working and playing in the kitchen! ...... Read More from this Author

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  1. Margaret says:

    What an easy way to decorate cupcakes festively for the holidays, seasons, or “just because!” This is a wonderful idea, Cynthia! I’m thinking this might also be a nice way to make muffins extra-special.

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