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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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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
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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.

Wide-Eyed Owl Cupcakes

Wide-Eyed Owl Cupcakes

Wide-Eyed Owl Cupcakes

These whimsical treats are sure to bring smiles. They look and taste great—whoooo wouldn't love them? —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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.
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Raspberry Cupcake Dessert

Raspberry Cupcake Dessert

Raspberry Cupcake Dessert

This recipe is a hit with kids of all ages. When I'm in a hurry, store-bought cupcakes work fine. And while I prefer homemade whipped cream, purchased whipped topping is an easy option.—Edith Ruth Muldoon, Baldwin, New York

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.

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

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

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.

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



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

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

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.

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.
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