From holiday celebrations to weddings to birthdays, cakes everywhere are moving to personal serving sizes. Dive into these delicious miniature cakes–no layering required.
Mini Almond CupcakesKids will love decorating these cute Mini Almond Cupcakes. Feel free to tint the icing to a variety of festive shades for these little confections.
Mile-High Coconut CupcakesThese cupcakes are a mile high with icing and great coconut flavor.
Sour Cream-Cocoa CupcakesThese cocoa-laden cupcakes make a delightful surprise for gluten-free chocoholics. Sour cream gives the cupcakes a moist and dense texture, leaving you more satisfied with each delicious bite.
Peaches and Cream Mini CupcakesPetite and almost too cute to eat, these miniature cupcakes are infused with the sweet flavor of summer's juiciest fruit.
Caramel-Mocha-Sea Salt CupcakesThis cupcake is a combination of salty and sweet blended with mocha and is one of the most requested flavors at Dreamcakes Bakery.
Chloe's Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake CupcakesThese chocolate strawberry shortcake cupcakes are not only super creative, gorgeous, and delicious - they were also the first vegan recipe to win a Food Network competition (the 2010 "Cupcake Wars"). Sandwich strawberry slices and vegan frosting (made with nondairy milk) between the cupcake bottom and the cupcake top, then finish it all off with another layer of frosting, sliced strawberries, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Coconut CupcakesDense coconut milk, added right into the batter, gives these cupcakes all the flavor of the full-sized concoction, but with the added cuteness of individual servings. Top with traditional cream cheese icing and toasted coconut.
Amaretto Apple Streusel CupcakesWe simply adore these apple streusel cupcakes -- and judging by all the five-star ratings, so do our users! The homemade cinnamon-flavored streusel perfectly accents the apples' sweetness, while the simple glaze pulls it all together. If you love amaretto, try adding a splash of liqueur to the glaze as well.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting (Pam's Citrus Cupcakes)These bright and fresh cupcakes are topped with a tangy lemon buttercream.
Banana-Toffee CupcakesSticky, sweet, and bursting with bananas, these cupcakes provide the perfect antidote for the after-school munchies.
Walnut Cupcakes with Maple FrostingUnlike their full-fat cousins, which get their softness from oil and butter, light cakes rely less on fat and more on sugar and liquids. More sugar minimizes the development of gluten proteins (the primary source of toughness in cakes), but it can also cause excess browning, especially if dairy products are present. Pull the cake from the oven when a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs still clinging to it.
Whole-Wheat Banana-Carrot Cupcakes"I came up with this recipe for some health-conscious friends, but it doesn't taste too healthy!"
Stephanie Chain, 27, St. Marys, Ga.
Tropical Banana CupcakesThese cupcakes will have a richer flavor if you toast the nuts before baking. Spread them in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan, and bake at 350° for 5 to 8 minutes. Check frequently, because they burn easily.
Cupcakes With Browned Butter FrostingWhen you need "tastes like homemade" in minutes, use this recipe. Top cupcakes, made with packaged pound cake mix, with a creamy, buttery frosting that's sure to have everyone begging for more. For added appeal, garnish with mint leaves and edible violas.
Lemon-Blueberry Ice-cream CupcakesUpdate the idea of ice cream cakes with these frozen treats. Layer crushed lemon cookies with blueberry filling and a creamy milk-and-frozen lemonade mixture. Dollop whipped topping on last, and freeze overnight then add sprinkles, jelly beans, and anything else sweet you can find.
Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow FillingBake chocolate cupcakes with a surprise inside. With a knife, hollow out the center of the baked cakes and fill with marshmallow cream. Top with a gooey chocolate cream cheese frosting for a sure-fire winner among kids and adults.
Orange Marmalade-Ricotta Cupcakes with Marmalade Buttercream FrostingBoxed cake mix is the only routine ingredient in these creative confections. Orange juice, ricotta cheese, and orange marmalade add tons of rich flavor and keep the cupcakes moist. Top with Marmalade Buttercream Frosting for an event-worthy dessert.
Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese FrostingKeep this family favorite around for the holiday season. Mashed sweet potatoes give the cakes extra moistness, while a myriad of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg, spice up the traditionally sweet dessert. A simple cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of chopped pecans is all that's needed on top.
Mississippi Mud CupcakesThe chocoholic in your family will swoon for these s'more like treats. Chocolate cupcakes are topped with mini marshmallows and a thick chocolate frosting drizzle.
Old-Fashioned Caramel CupcakesOld-Fashioned Caramel is a cupcake that can't be rushed. It's a true labor of love. The caramel has to cool for a while before you can make the frosting, and then you need to use the frosting right away. If the frosting gets too thick to spread, add just a little cream or milk to make it spreadable. It is definitely worth the effort.
Team Spirit CupcakesPerfect for the Junior's bake sale, this recipe dresses up store-bought iced cupcakes. Simply pick up coarse sugar and lollipops in your school's colors. Add a ribbon around the stem of the sucker for extra color and package them individually.
Easy Red Velvet CupcakesUpdate the classic recipe with a few of our favorite shortcuts. Start with boxed cake mix and add a few tablespoons of cocoa. The red food coloring is optional, but adds great contrast between the cake and the frosting. Serve in muffin cups, or unwrap for pretty presentation.
Lemonade CupcakesPerfect for summer, these cakes get their name–and great flavor–from frozen lemonade concentrate. Balance the tart flavor with a smooth cream cheese frosting. Don't forget the sour gummies on top.
Orange Sherbet CupcakesThe cupcakes are topped with a lightly tangy orange sherbet buttercream.
Double-Chocolate CupcakesChocolate lovers everywhere will swoon over the super-rich chocolatey flavor of these luscious cupcakes.
Lemon Angel Food CupcakesIf you love light, fluffy, bright desserts, check out this cupcake concoction. Lemon rind and fresh lemon juice punch up the flavor and give your cupcakes true zing!
Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate FrostingIf you love fruit-flavored cupcakes, check out these banana cupcakes, which call for adding 2 mashed ripe bananas to the batter. The homemade chocolate frosting really pairs well with the cupcakes' delicate banana flavor.
Salted Caramel-Chocolate CupcakesJazz up basic vanilla cupcakes with a layer of creamy semisweet chocolate, then crown it all with Salted Caramel Buttercream frosting. The frosting calls for adding kosher salt to the cream cheese-and-caramel mixture, which gives it incredible salty-sweet appeal.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint FrostingChocolatey cupcakes paired with a peppermint-flavored frosting and chopped peppermint candies are perfect for Christmas parties.
Bunny Face CupcakesDecorate store-bought cupakes for Easter by making cute bunny faces with marshmallows, coconut, pretzels, and an assortment of candy.
Lemon-Scented Blueberry CupcakesFlavor basic buttermilk cupcake batter with grated lemon rind and fold in fresh or thawed blueberries for these sweet-and-tart cupcakes. Spread a dollop of cream cheese frosting on top and serve with extra blueberries.
Bunny Cookie CupcakesKids will love decorating these simple bunny cupcakes. Start with boxed or grocery store cupcakes then decorate each with vanilla frosting, green coconut, and bunnie cookies. Kneading together refrigerated sugar cookie dough and flour make it easer to cut out the bunny shapes.
Orange-Glazed Strawberry CupcakesA hint of orange juice and chopped fresh strawberries give these cupcakes their wonderfully fruity flavor. Top with a glaze made from orange juice and confectioner's sugar, and garnish with a strawberry half for pretty presentation.
Sweet Li'l Bunny CupcakesPerfect for Easter or a spring-themed birthday party for a bunny lover, these cupcakes are (almost!) too cute to eat. Look for bunny candies in kitchen stores or by special order.
Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese FrostingThe center of each cupcake is filled with a sweet pineapple mixture that highlights the homemade buttermilk-cream cheese frosting. Make birds' nests on the top of each cupcake with malted milk balls and edible paper.
Coffee-Toffee Ice Cream CupcakesThese delicious cupcakes are a homemade twist on store-bought ice cream cake. Mix coffee-flavored ice cream with Heath Bar bits and sandwich between circles of frozen pound cake and a layer of sweetened, whipped heavy cream. Top the ice cream cupcakes with more Heath Bar bits and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
Pecan Pie CupcakesPecan Pie is the quintessential dessert of fall. Crunchy toasted pecans and buttery Piecrust Leaves enhance the rich creamy frosting for a cupcake you'll make again and again.
Caramel Apple CupcakesApple and caramel are pretty simple ingredients, but when combined they are a delectable treat. Top off these cupcakes with toasted pecans to create a traditional fall favorite. We love to add the tiny crab apples as a garnish for extra-special occasions.
Maple Bacon CupcakesThis cupcake is without a doubt most men's favorite. You can see the smile as soon as they spot that crisp bacon strip resting on top of the golden maple frosting. It's the wonderful combination of salty and sweet together. We describe it as the flavor you get when bacon mingles with syrup while eating pancakes. We suggest about half a slice on each cupcake, but feel free to add as much as you want.
Chocolate High CupcakesChocolate High is all about chocolate. We tried to get as much of it as possible into one cupcake. This creation has turned out to be our staff chocoholic's favorite. With nothing but chocolate through and through, it's so beautiful piled high with Chocolate Frosting and Chocolate Ganache.
Mocha Latte CupcakesOur Mocha Latte cupcake is a double shot of flavor. Espresso powder gives a deep, rich flavor to the chocolate cake. We spread on a thick layer of Vanilla Frosting, drizzle it with caramel and chocolate, top it off with sprinkles—and you don't have to wait in the drive-thru for it.
Peanut Butter Cup CupcakesChocolate and peanut butter—the perfect pairing. The generous swirl of Peanut Butter Frosting and luscious filling of Chocolate Ganache make this cupcake an irresistible chocolate treat.
Banana Split CupcakesThis cupcake truly tastes like a banana split! You can add all your favorite toppings or just a few.
Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk CupcakesIf you are looking for a chocolate fix, look no further. This is layer upon layer of chocolate. Moist Chocolate Cake, a mountain of Chocolate Frosting, and a sprinkle of chocolate chunks. If you feel the need for a little more, fill the cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache. This one is guaranteed to fulfill and chocolate lover's dream.
White Linen CupcakesWhite Linen Cupcakes are a light combination of Mascarpone Frosting and white chocolate curls over a tender cupcake. Perfect for a tea, party, or shower, they're delicate and delicious. Serve them with an ice-cold glass of milk.
Over the Moon CupcakesIf there is a rival to Wedding Cake, it is our Over the Moon cupcake. We make it with an oh-so-rich vanilla bean paste that gives it an "out of this world" flavor. One customer said that it tastes like it was kissed by an angel.
Cookies and Cream CupcakesCookies and Cream cupcakes are irresistable! The creamy vanilla frosting is jam-packed with crushed cookies. A tall glass of milk is all you need to complete this luscious treat.
Snow White CupcakesWe developed White Christmas to create our own little wonderland of snow. The peppermint-Cream Cheese Frosting gives a luscious, chilly bite and sparkling scent to this bright, frosty cupcake.
New Year's CupcakesNew Year's Eve is one of the few holidays celebrated around the world. Why not ring in the new with cupcakes? Here's to celebrating new beginnings tastefully...
First Kiss CupcakesAs sweet as love's first kiss, our chocolate and cherry cupcake is special. One bite and you'll fall in love, all with a cherry on top!
Stupid Cupid CupcakesStrawberries look uncannily like hearts; that's why we named this recipe Stupid Cupid. It's one of our original Valentine's Day flavors that is requested year-round. Top one with a fresh strawberry or a chocolate dipped one- either way, it's a sweet way to say, "You have my heart."
Garden Party CupcakesThese light little bites are the most adorable sweet treats for an afternoon tea. Edible flowers were especially popular during Queen Victoria's reign; we think she would be pleased with this addition to tea time. Be sure your blossoms are nonpoisonous and free of pesticides. We've listed a few below that we think are lovely for any garden party.
Candy Butterfly CupcakesThese cupcakes are so cute, they'll fly right off the plate!
Oh Baby! CupcakesOne of the happiest events we celebrate is the arrival of a new baby. Whether boy or girl, it is always exciting. The newest craze is to reveal the sex of the baby by colored cake or filling hidden underneath a layer of white or chocolate frosting. When you take your first bite, the blue or pink announces the coming of a son or daughter.
Under the Big Top CupcakesBright colors and circus animals are guaranteed to make kids of all ages smile and to make any day a celebration.
Blackberry Summer CupcakesBlackberries flourish all summer long in the South. They grow anywhere and everywhere and are free for the picking. They have prickly thorns, but if you're careful, you can have a bucketful of plump, juicy berries in no time. The only cost may be a few scratches and purple fingers, but you'll have gained lots of berries to share—if you're feeling generous.
Red, White, and Blue CupcakesThis is a real dandy. It would be a great addition to your July 4th celebration spread. The amusing effect of the swirled frosting can be duplicated using any colors for any occasion. It makes a fun Christmas cupcake using red and green or a pretty spring cupcake using pink and green.