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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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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.
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Zucchini Chip Cupcakes

Zucchini Chip Cupcakes

Zucchini Chip Cupcakes

"My three girls love these moist, nut-topped cupcakes even without frosting," remarks Debra Forshee from Stockton, Kansas. "They're a great way to use up zucchini, and they freeze well for a quick snack."

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

Cream-Filled Cupcakes

Cream-Filled Cupcakes

Cream-Filled Cupcakes

These moist chocolate cupcakes have a fun filling and shiny chocolate frosting that make them different from any other. They always disappear in a flash! —Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas
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Coconut Pecan Cupcakes

Coconut Pecan Cupcakes

Coconut Pecan Cupcakes

Pecan lovers have lots to cheer about with these flavorful cupcakes. I created the recipe for my best friend, Ann, who said she loved Italian cream cake but didn't want a whole cake. They have a wonderful aroma and fabulous flavor. —Tina Harrison, Prairieville, Louisiana

Toffee Mocha Cupcakes

Toffee Mocha Cupcakes

Toffee Mocha Cupcakes

Chocolate, toffee and espresso make a mouthwatering concoction. The yummy sweets are perfect for any party or gathering. Make plenty, they'll go fast! —Brenda Melanin, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Linda Utter of Sidney, Montana proves you don't have to fudge on chocolate to make a light and luscious treat. Her moist cupcakes are chock-full of sweet flavor, but low in saturated fat.

Surprise Cupcakes

Surprise Cupcakes

Surprise Cupcakes

Edith Holliday shares the secret behind her cute cupcakes. "My mother taught me this simple way to fill cupcakes with fruit jelly," shares the Flushing, Michigan baker. Take these tender treats to your next get-together and watch faces light up after just one bite.

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

Banana Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

Banana Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

Banana Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

Using extra-ripe bananas in this recipe ensures the cupcakes will be sweet and moist. The ganache frosting is made even fluffier with the addition of marshmallow creme. —Stephanie Lelo, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Brownie Kiss Cupcakes

Brownie Kiss Cupcakes

Brownie Kiss Cupcakes

It's fun to prepare individual brownie "cupcakes" with a chocolaty "surprise" inside. My goddaughter, Cara, asks me to make them for her birthday to share at school. This year, she requested 32. I later found out she only needed 27 for her class...wonder where the other five went! -Pamela Lute, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes

Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes

Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes

Give a basic cake mix a kick start with everybody's favorite chocolate sandwich cookie. And since there's cookie in every bite, kids will love these delicious cupcakes! —Mary Wiebe, Altona, Manitoba

Mice Cupcakes

Mice Cupcakes

Mice Cupcakes

“During a visit several years ago, we let our 3-year-old grandson, Robert, help trim some two dozen of these Mice Cupcakes I was making for a party. It was quite a project…but he enjoyed every minute!”

Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes

Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes

Orange Buttermilk Cupcakes

These delightful little cupcakes have wonderful old-fashioned taste without all the fat and calories. And the creamy orange glaze will keep the kids coming back for more.—Kim Chester, Cartersville, Georgia

Brownie Graduation Caps

Brownie Graduation Caps

Brownie Graduation Caps

Our home economists needed just a few items to create these cute chocolaty caps that guests will gobble up. The tasty treats are a snap to assemble by topping brownie cupcakes with mortarboards made from chocolate-covered graham cookies. A red licorice tassel adds the fast finishing touch.
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