These cupcakes remind me of when Nana used to make them at Christmas every year. Even though she is no longer with us, it brings me joy baking them because it gives the cakes special meaning. For a more indulgent version, double the frosting and pile it high on top of each cupcake. —Chekota Hunter, Cassville, Missouri
These cupcakes are sure to dazzle guests, especially children who love the glittery frosting. Display a few on your table for an eye-catching, and delicious, centerpiece.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
I came up with the combination of cinnamon and cayenne. I was making cinnamon toast one day and accidentally sprinkled cayenne pepper on my toast instead of cinnamon! I decided to just add cinnamon to the cayenne and I loved it. I am constantly making cupcakes and thought I would try my new found combination in cupcakes. I loved the end result and hope you do, too. The apple spice cupcake are topped with a rich and silky maple frosting.—Elisha Ayers, Unicoi, Tennessee
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.