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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Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes

Kids love the fruity surprise tucked inside these cupcakes. They really wow at parties, bake sales and snacktime. —Margaret Wilson, Sun City, California
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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

Chai Cupcakes

Chai Cupcakes

Chai Cupcakes

You'll get a double dose of the spicy blend that's frequently used to flavor tea in these moist single-size cakes. Both the cupcake and frosting use the blend, which combines some of the best flavors of the season. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Flutter By Cupcakes

Flutter By Cupcakes

Flutter By Cupcakes

The best thing about these little cakes is that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now! Fruit Loops, licorice, M&M's and pretzels are all common ingredients that make up an uncommonly adorable treat!
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Bananas Foster Surprise Cupcakes

Bananas Foster Surprise Cupcakes

Bananas Foster Surprise Cupcakes

This recipe was inspired by the classic dessert, which I had for the first time at a restaurant with my parents when I was eleven years old. The flavor is magical!

Surprise Red Cupcakes

Surprise Red Cupcakes

Surprise Red Cupcakes

Catch your honey red-handed this Valentine's Day with a batch of Betty Claycomb's confections. “Our family loves these filled cupcakes,” she adds from Alverton, Pennsylvania. “They disappear in a day.”

Give a Hoot Cupcakes

Give a Hoot Cupcakes

Give a Hoot Cupcakes

Hoot hoot! Party guests will be "eyeing up" these treats long before you serve dessert! They make a lasting impression and only require six ingredients to make.

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

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 Cream Cupcakes

Chocolate Cream Cupcakes

Chocolate Cream Cupcakes

My favorite hockey team the Boston Bruins inspired these cupcakes. Add a love note on top using a little white icing. —Alisa Christensen, RSM, California

Spiced Cocoa Cupcakes

Spiced Cocoa Cupcakes

Spiced Cocoa Cupcakes

"To me, a good cup of hot spiced cocoa is heavenly, and that's what these remind me of," points out Shirley Glaab of Hattisburg, Mississippi. Priced at a mere 15¢ per cupcake, the drizzled desserts are a budget-friendly finish for any meal.

Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

A friend gave me this recipe when I first moved into my neighborhood 40 years ago. It might seem more time consuming than it is, but it's easy and the results are incredible. —Monique Caron, Buxton, Maine

Flower Power Cupcakes

Flower Power Cupcakes

Flower Power Cupcakes

These lemony cupcakes look like they took a lot of effort, but flower-shaped cookie cutters and rolled fondant make them simple to decorate! —Taste of Home Cooking School

Yuletide Eggnog Cupcakes

Yuletide Eggnog Cupcakes

Yuletide Eggnog Cupcakes

If I want a creamier frosting on these, I add more eggnog. The nog lovers in your life won't complain! —Salina Moore, Woodward, Oklahoma

Gifts Galore Cupcakes

Gifts Galore Cupcakes

Gifts Galore Cupcakes

It's surprisingly easy to decorate these Christmas cupcakes - all you need are Fruit Roll-Ups and Starburst candies. Happy holidays! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team
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