Embrace the comforting flavours of autumn as colder nights draw in. Seasonal ingredients to celebrate include crisp apples, hearty pumpkins and juicy blackberries.
For more autumnal inspiration, see our best autumn recipes and drinks to try. Get the kitchen ready for the colder months with our top 10 autumn storecupboard essentials guide. Keep little ones entertained with our kids’ baking projects and autumn crafts.
Autumn baking recipes
Everyone is sure to love this classic apple cake, whether they’re following a vegan diet or not. This moreish cake is filled with chunks of fresh apple and topped with flaked almonds for a crunchy texture. Try serving with a dairy-free ice cream or custard to make it extra decadent.
Using up a glut of apples? See even more apple cake recipes to make the most of them.
Light and fluffy pumpkin muffins make for a fantastic autumn breakfast on the go or an afternoon tea snack. To keep things simple, use canned pumpkin purée (this can be bought online) or make your own homemade pumpkin purée from fresh pumpkin.
Make more breakfast options with our muffin recipes.
Fancy a weekend baking project? Balance the sharp flavour of apple with the sweetness of caramel and a tangy soft cheese icing to make these toffee-apple-inspired cinnamon buns. They’d pair perfectly with a hot pumpkin spice latte in the morning.
Find more warming dishes with our cinnamon recipes.
Marking a special occasion over the autumn months? Put some homemade pumpkin pie spice to use with these easy cupcakes. Make a warming blend of fragrant cinnamon, ginger, cloves and freshly grated nutmeg. Top with lashings of tangy cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of extra pumpkin spice.
See more cupcake recipes for classic vanilla, chocolate and more.
Celebrate the early autumn harvest with plump, juicy blackberries. Infuse the fluffy sponge cake with a zingy orange drizzle and top with sweet marmalade, light buttercream and tart blackberries. It’s perfect for afternoon tea.
Put those berries to work with our ultimate blackberry recipe collection.
These easy pumpkin scones are great for beginners as they require minimal ingredients and simple techniques. Simply combine self-raising flour with grated cold butter, then mix in sugar, pumpkin spice, milk and pumpkin purée. Knead the mixture a couple of times, then roll out the dough and cut into circles. Bake for 10 minutes and serve with a generous dollop of butter or cream cheese.
For more afternoon tea ideas, see our scone recipes.
You can’t go wrong with a classic carrot cake during the colder months. Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and infused with a hint of orange zest, this top-rated recipe is full of autumn flavours. Top with rich cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts or pecans.
Bake another showstopping number with our autumn cake recipes.
8) Pumpkin pie
Nothing’s more autumnal than a classic pumpkin pie infused with fragrant spices. This recipe takes things to the next level with stem ginger cream and pumpkin seed brittle. It’s great for a dinner party or celebrating American Thanksgiving.
Bake another comforting dessert with our sweet pie recipes.
Ginger is an essential spice to have on hand during the autumn months. Use fresh and ground ginger to make these easy biscuits. They’re perfect served with a cuppa for afternoon tea, or as a treat anytime.
Discover more biscuit recipes including chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread and crinkle cookies.
Pumpkin works well in a variety of desserts, including this decadent baked cheesecake. With a lightly spiced, creamy filling and crunchy ginger base, it’s well worth the effort. Top with dollops of silky whipped cream, chopped pecans and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
See more decadent desserts with our cheesecake recipes.