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Cupcake Recipes for Kids

Looking for cupcake recipes for kids? Taste of Home has the best cupcake recipes for kids from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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Picnic Cupcakes

Picnic Cupcakes

Picnic Cupcakes

These moist cupcakes don't need frosting, so they're perfect for a picnic or traveling. Kids and adults love them! —Florence Leinweber, Endicott, Washington

Banana Cupcakes

Banana Cupcakes

Banana Cupcakes

"This recipe was given to me by my mother, and I've since handed it down to my daughters," says Wanda Thole of Leonard, Minnesota. "The moist cupcakes are topped with frosting that comes together in no time. And if you'd like even more banana taste, stir some mashed banana into it."

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Kids love these rich, yummy cupcakes in school lunches or at parties. They're so easy to make because the mini peanut butter cups eliminate the need to frost the cupcakes. —Heidi Harrington, Steuben, Maine

Firecracker Cupcakes

Firecracker Cupcakes

Firecracker Cupcakes

These no-fuss treats are so much fun to make with kids, and they put a spark in Fourth of July parties. You can tint the whipped topping red and blue to make the frosting festive, too. —Erin Glass, White Hall, Maryland

Green-Eyed Monster

Green-Eyed Monster

Green-Eyed Monster

Don't be jealous! Just about anyone can make this cute green guy with a little frosting, candy and imagination. —Karen Tack, Riverside, Connecticut

Cupcake Cones

Cupcake Cones

Cupcake Cones

Children love this treat, which is not as messy as a piece of cake. —Mina Dyck, Boissevain, Manitoba

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

You can have your cake and eat it guilt-free with these taste-tempting treats. The petite graham cracker “crust,” chopped fresh berries and cream cheese frosting offer all the goodness of cheesecake in manageable portions.—Jill Drury, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Orange Applesauce Cupcakes

Orange Applesauce Cupcakes

Orange Applesauce Cupcakes

Kids of all ages rave about these fruity cupcakes. I've been making them for 25 years to serve at potlucks, church picnics and family suppers. For a tasty variation, substitute crushed pineapple for the applesauce.

Bat Cupcakes

Bat Cupcakes

Bat Cupcakes

Even my adult children love these Halloween cupcakes! We serve them every year at our pumpkin-carving party. You can also make them with the fudge stripes on their wings facing up for variety. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

These crowd-pleasing cupcakes are quick, moist and yummy! —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah

Cream-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Cream-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Cream-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Folks who enjoy home-made chocolate cupcakes are even more impressed when they bite into these treats and find a fluffy cream filling. These are great in a lunch box or on a buffet table.
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