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21 Super Fun Cupcake Ideas for Kids

Perfect for a birthday party, classroom treat or a random Saturday afternoon!

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Eyes On YouTaste of Home

Eyes On You

Look out! This crazy cupcake only has eyes for you. Don't worry though, he's delicious! —Karen Tack, Riverside, Connecticut

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Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Cone CupcakesTaste of Home

Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

I created this recipe based on our family's love of chocolate-dipped ice cream cones. Red heart-shaped sprinkles make them fun for Valentine's Day. Vary the color to match the occasion. —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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5 Creative Uses for Cupcake Liners

Have extra cupcake liners after your baking extravaganza? Here’s what to do with them.

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Elf CupcakesTaste of Home

Elf Cupcakes

Rich and buttery vanilla cupcakes have a tender crumb and make a perfect base for these whimsical elves lost in fluffy frosting. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Candy CupcakesTaste of Home

Candy Cupcakes

Rich chocolaty cupcakes include a cream cheese surprise. Get kids in on the fun by letting them help decorate. ‐Mrs. Walter Jacobson, Ashland, Ohio

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Give a Hoot CupcakesTaste of Home

Give a Hoot Cupcakes

Hoot hoot! Party guests will be "eyeing up" these treats long before you serve dessert! They make a lasting impression and only require six ingredients to make. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Cowabunga Root Beer CupcakesTaste of Home

Cowabunga Root Beer Cupcakes

I developed these cupcakes for my daughter's first birthday and transported them using dry ice. Be careful not to freeze them solid! —Mindy Carswell, Walker, Michigan

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Farm Friend CupcakesTaste of Home

Farm Friend Cupcakes

These chick and pig cupcakes just can't get more adorable. Young children especially are taken with them! —Colleen Palmer, Epping, New Hampshire

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Curveball CupcakesTaste of Home

Curveball Cupcakes

After frosting the cupcakes white, I used a fork and red gel icing to "stitch the seams." Everyone went nuts when they saw these all-star treats. —Cathy Runyon, Allendale, Michigan

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Rainbow CupcakesTaste of Home

Rainbow Cupcakes

I’ve been making these colorful cupcakes with my mom since I was in high school. The cheery sweets are as fun to make as they are to eat. —Tammy Quinn, Lynden, Ontario

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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate CupcakesTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cupcakes

Satisfy your chocolate craving with these cupcakes. The creamy frosting topped with chopped peanut butter cups is the best part. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Strawberry Muffin ConesTaste of Home

Strawberry Muffin Cones

This is a delightful, fun way to serve a cupcake. I share these with the neighborhood kids and they love the ice cream cone look and ease of eating. Adults who try them say snacking on them makes them feel like kids again. —Barb Kietzer, Niles, Michigan

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Sunshine CupcakesTaste of Home

Sunshine Cupcakes

Want to put a smile on someone's face? Look no further than these cheery cupcakes! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Bat CupcakesTaste of Home

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

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Patriotic Ice Cream CupcakesTaste of Home

Patriotic Ice Cream Cupcakes

These frosty cupcakes are practically a fireworks display on their own. The little treats feature red velvet cake, blue moon ice cream, a creamy white topping and star-spangled sprinkles. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Boston Cream CupcakesTaste of Home

Boston Cream Cupcakes

Boston cream cupcakes have been my favorite bakery treat since I was a child, so I put together this easy-to-make version. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

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Chocolate CupcakesTaste of Home

Chocolate Cupcakes

This classic recipe is simply amazing. Try sitting down with a glass of cold milk and see if you can eat just one! —Marlene Martin, Country Harbour Mines, Nova Scotia

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Best Friend CupcakesTaste of Home

Best Friend Cupcakes

These adorable little pups are double the fun when served with edible "Scooby-Snacks" graham crackers that look like real dog treats. Kids will get a kick out of the presentation. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Tie-Dyed CupcakesTaste of Home

Tie-Dyed Cupcakes

Take a trip back to the sixties with these sweetly psychedelic cupcakes. Each is a simple white cake, but tinting the batter all the colors of the rainbow makes them funky and fun!— Gwyndolyn Wilkerson, Kyle, Texas

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Confetti Cupcake ConesTaste of Home

Confetti Cupcake Cones

All three of my kids love these cones. They are requested at almost every birthday party or celebration. —Jami Geittmann, Taste of Home Art Director

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Flutter By CupcakesTaste of Home

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! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Peanut Butter & Jelly CupcakesTaste of Home

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes

My husband's love for classic peanut butter and jelly inspired this recipe. The strawberry buttercream and peanut butter frosting are a delicious combination. —Kelly McCrea, North Kingsville, Ohio