Bring on the red, white, and blue with this creative cupcake cake perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day or any favorite occasion. With some delicious and colorful frosting and a careful arrangement, your sweet display will be a patriotic nod to our great American flag. —Rebecca Wetherbee, Marion, Ohio
These are the ultimate confectionery tribute to Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin. The little round cakes are surprisingly easy to make—just put two cupcakes together, frost and decorate with vines and leaves. —Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Throwing a children's party can be a real circus if you serve the colorful clown cupcakes our Test Kitchen created. Set up a cupcake decorating table and let the kids make funny faces with their favorite candies.
“I grew up in my parents’ bakery, which might explain why I don’t like frosting,” says Cindy Lang of Hays, Kansas. “These cupcakes are just my style! They come out shiny on top and are great without frosting.”
Most kids will love the gruesome gummy body parts they find in the center of these cupcakes, but if it is too much for you, use any kind of autumn-motif gummies for the same sweet taste!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Let the kids help make these festive, fun and colorful cupcakes. The quick bread mix makes the cupcakes nice and moist. The footed cupcake holders shown in the photo are available at wilton.com.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Lemon cupcakes are a delight of summer, and a touch of basil really dresses them up. They're a wonderful light ending to a meal or a bright breakfast choice. Garnish each one with a candied fresh basil leaf.
—Julie Ohnstad, Marietta, Georgia
The classic vanilla-orange flavor combination comes through in these yummy cupcakes made for the lactose-intolerant. Sprinkles add a touch of fun to these travel-ready treats. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen