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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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I sometimes call these my Triple Lemon Whammy cupcakes because they take full advantage of vibrant citrus flavor. A healthy dollop of strawberry jam in the frosting along fresh strawberries really puts this dessert over the top! — Emma Sisk, Plymouth, Minnesota
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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

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.

Cupcake Mummy

Cupcake Mummy

Cupcake Mummy

Wrap up Halloween fun with these frightfully frosted goodies. Once you take that first bite, it's impossible to stop eating! —Karen Tack, Riverside, Connecticut
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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

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.

Jack-o'-Lantern Cupcakes

Jack-o'-Lantern Cupcakes

Jack-o'-Lantern Cupcakes

Carve out a little time to decorate these Halloween pumpkins with Jack-'o-lantern faces. They're a fun treat to make and share!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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

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.

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

Batter Up! Cupcakes

Batter Up! Cupcakes

Batter Up! Cupcakes

These three-ingredient treat are amazingly easy, but you'll hit dessert out of the park when you whip up a batch. They're a perfect last-minute party treat.

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!

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.

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

Winter Fantasy Snowflake Cupcakes

Winter Fantasy Snowflake Cupcakes

Winter Fantasy Snowflake Cupcakes

Best-selling authors of the book Hello, Cupcake!, Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, spent a few days with us creating one-of-a-kind beauties that you can make at home—no special tools or talents required. Just bake your favorite cupcakes, have your favorite vanilla icing on hand and HAVE FUN!
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