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Cupcake Recipes

With flavors like vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and lemon, cupcakes sweeten any occasion. Find cute decorating inspiration, frosting recipes, and more fun ideas for the best homemade cupcake recipes.

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“During a visit several years ago, we let our 3-year-old grandson, Robert, help trim some two dozen of these Mice Cupcakes I was making for a party. It was quite a project…but he enjoyed every minute!”
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Fancy Cream Cupcakes

Fancy Cream Cupcakes

Fancy Cream Cupcakes

These cute, tender cupcakes are creamy and not too sweet. They look fancy but are quick to fix...and even a big platter of these timeless treats disappears in no time. I've been making desserts since I was a youngster, the oldest of several sisters.

Igloo Cupcakes

Igloo Cupcakes

Igloo Cupcakes

Have a blizzard of fun making edible igloos out of cupcakes, whipped topping and marshmallows.—Lorri Reinhardt, Big Bend, Wisconsin

Spice Cupcakes with Dates

Spice Cupcakes with Dates

Spice Cupcakes with Dates

You'll think these old-fashioned treats from Mavis Diment came fresh from Grandma's oven. “My Scottish genes inspired me to add oatmeal to the moist, tender cupcakes,” she notes from Marcus, Iowa.
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Creepy Cupcakes

Creepy Cupcakes

Creepy Cupcakes

With chocolate bodies and licorice legs, these cute spiders on cobwebs will "catch" attention fast! They're easy to scare up, too—our home economists simply put a Halloween spin on cupcakes they baked from a purchased mix.

Chocolate Raspberry Tea Cakes

Chocolate Raspberry Tea Cakes

Chocolate Raspberry Tea Cakes

WITH a family of six children, it seems I'm always cooking and on the lookout for variety in menus and special treats to surprise them. This recipe was given to me by a co-worker. The flavor compliment of the raspberry to the chocolate is very pleasing.

Citrus Mini Cakes

Citrus Mini Cakes

Citrus Mini Cakes

These moist, bite-size muffins from Linda Terrell of Palatka, Florida are melt-in-your-mouth good. "With their appealing look, they really dress up a party table," she notes. The recipe makes a big batch, so there's plenty to please a crowd.

Cupcake Christmas Tree

Cupcake Christmas Tree

Cupcake Christmas Tree

Heather McKinley of Mechanic Falls, Maine shared this minty twist on typical cupcakes, then our Test Kitchen arranged them in a tree shape for a pretty presentation. The star on the top of the tree and cute packages tucked beneath are a snap to make with colorful candies.

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

"Some have been know to inhale these amazing cupcakes in two bites, and some prefer to savor each decadent morsel. They can be kept in the fridge for about a week and can be frozen for up to a month."—Kim Bejot, Ainsworth, Nebraska

Tombstone Cupcakes

Tombstone Cupcakes

Tombstone Cupcakes

A cake mix speeds up the prep of these fun little cakes. Chow mein noodles are the "fingers" that reach out from the cupcake grave.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Black Cat Cupcakes

Black Cat Cupcakes

Black Cat Cupcakes

If a black cat crosses your path, we hope it's one of these cute chocolaty creations. This time-saving recipe relies on a boxed cake mix and a can of prepared frosting jazzed up with simple cookie and candy decorations. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Kitty Cat Cupcakes

Kitty Cat Cupcakes

Kitty Cat Cupcakes

On a bake sale table or alone at home, these feline treats won't last nine lives! The cute candy faces will catch attention fast...and the tasty orange-coconut cake from Doris Barb if El Dorado, Kansas will have folks snatching seconds.

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

These luscious cupcakes have a touch of semisweet chocolate in the batter and white chocolate in the frosting. They melt away fast at our house. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolaty Frosting

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolaty Frosting

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolaty Frosting

I begged my aunt for this recipe when I was 16 years old, and it's still my very favorite. The silly monster eyes give these devilish cupcakes some Halloween fun! They are always on my husband's short list for special desserts. —Dawn Koestner, St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Mini-Choco Cupcakes

Mini-Choco Cupcakes

Mini-Choco Cupcakes

Cupcakes should be more than just cake batter divided into muffin tins. True cupcakes are not as crumbly as cake, but have a lighter texture than muffins.—Anette Stevens, Olds, Alberta
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