I made a pumpkin cake and apple shaped cupcakes for my daughter’s 1st birthday.
For the pumpkin cake, I made two separate Bundt cakes using yellow cake mix and put a few drops of red food coloring into the mix to make it orange. Once cooled, I cut the bottoms of each so they would sit flat together and iced them. For the leaves, I went outside and plucked FRESH leaves from the trees. I melted green chocolate (Michaels) and literally painted the veiny side of the leaf. I stuck them in the freezer for about a minute and then took them out and peeled the leaves off of the hardened chocolate. The veins were imprinted into the chocolate! Too cool. I took green tube icing and free styled the “vines”. The stem is an upside down ice cream cone! The finished Product:
The “apple” cupcakes I made out of red velvet cake…iced them with red icing; topped them with red sprinkles; added a tootsie roll and some painted leaves :) and voila!