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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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These little cupcakes are capped with cream cheese frosting and drizzled with a homemade salted caramel sauce. I like to make the caramel sauce in advance and keep it in the fridge till dessert. —Wendy Rusch, Trego, Wisconsin
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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

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.

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
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Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Patriotic Cookie & Cream Cupcakes

Bring on the red, white and blue with this creative cupcake cake perfect for the Fourth 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

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.

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.

Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes

Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes

Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes

My oldest son asks me to make these cupcakes every year for his class Halloween party. I always get compliments about how tasty and cute these treats are. —Nicole Clayton, Prescott, Arizona

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

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!

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



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

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 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.
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