Crazy for Cupcakes

From holiday celebrations to weddings to birthdays, cakes everywhere are moving to personal serving sizes. Dive into these delicious miniature cakes–no layering required.

  • Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes

    We 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.
  • Chloe's Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
    Jeffery Cross

    Chloe's Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

    These 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 Cupcakes
    Dan Goldberg

    Coconut Cupcakes

    Dense 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.
  • Cupcakes With Browned Butter Frosting

    Cupcakes With Browned Butter Frosting

    When 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 Cupcakes

    Lemon-Blueberry Ice-cream Cupcakes

    Update 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 Filling
    James Carrier

    Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling

    Bake 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 Frosting
    Photo: James Baigrie

    Orange Marmalade-Ricotta Cupcakes with Marmalade Buttercream Frosting

    Boxed 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 Frosting
    Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Keep 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    Mississippi Mud Cupcakes

    The 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.
  • Team Spirit Cupcakes
    Photo: John O'Hagan

    Team Spirit Cupcakes

    Perfect 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 Cupcakes
    Jim Bathie

    Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Update 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 Cupcakes

    Lemonade Cupcakes

    Perfect 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.
  • Double-Chocolate Cupcakes
    Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

    Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

    Chocolate lovers everywhere will swoon over the super-rich chocolatey flavor of these luscious cupcakes.
  • Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

    If 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 Frosting
    Kate Sears

    Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

    If 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Salted Caramel-Chocolate Cupcakes

    Jazz 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 Frosting
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

    Chocolatey cupcakes paired with a peppermint-flavored frosting and chopped peppermint candies are perfect for Christmas parties.
  • Bunny Face Cupcakes
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Karen Tack

    Bunny Face Cupcakes

    Decorate store-bought cupakes for Easter by making cute bunny faces with marshmallows, coconut, pretzels, and an assortment of candy.
  • Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett

    Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes

    Flavor 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Karen Tack

    Bunny Cookie Cupcakes

    Kids 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Charles Schiller

    Orange-Glazed Strawberry Cupcakes

    A 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Karen Tack

    Sweet Li'l Bunny Cupcakes

    Perfect 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 Frosting
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

    The 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Ryan Benyl; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Coffee-Toffee Ice Cream Cupcakes

    These 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Pecan Pie Cupcakes

    Pecan 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Caramel Apple Cupcakes

    Apple 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Maple Bacon Cupcakes

    This 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Chocolate High Cupcakes

    Chocolate 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling

    Mocha Latte Cupcakes

    Our 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.
  • Caramal-Mocha-Sea Salt Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Caramel-Mocha-Sea Salt Cupcakes

    This cupcake is a combination of salty and sweet blended with mocha and is one of the most requested flavors at Dreamcakes Bakery.
  • Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

    Chocolate 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Banana Split Cupcakes

    This cupcake truly tastes like a banana split! You can add all your favorite toppings or just a few.
  • Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes

    If 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    White Linen Cupcakes

    White 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Over the Moon Cupcakes

    If 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

    Cookies 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.
  • Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Snow White Cupcakes

    We 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    New Year's Cupcakes

    New 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    First Kiss Cupcakes

    As 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Stupid Cupid Cupcakes

    Strawberries 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Garden Party Cupcakes

    These 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.
  • Oh Baby! Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Oh Baby! Cupcakes

    One 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Under the Big Top Cupcakes

    Bright colors and circus animals are guaranteed to make kids of all ages smile and to make any day a celebration.
  • Blackberry Summer Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Blackberry Summer Cupcakes

    Blackberries 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 Cupcakes

    Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

    This 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.
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