Cupcake Recipes

Moist, perfect cupcakes everyone will love. Recipes with photos and reviews for vanilla cupcakes, cupcake frosting, mini cupcakes and more.

Staff Picks

Simple White Cake

Rating: 4.22 stars
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This cake was sent home from our children's school. It is the simplest, great tasting cake I've ever made. Great to make with the kids, especially for cupcakes.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 4.04 stars
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Chocolate cupcakes are the ultimate party food. Make some for your next party!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Rating: 4.43 stars
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This mini version of the classic Red Velvet Cake is one of the more popular offerings in bakeries all across the country. Whip up a batch this holiday season or anytime of the year.
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Rating: 4.54 stars
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This hearty pumpkin cupcake with a cinnamon-cream cheese frosting is good in the fall or any other time of the year.

Black Bottom Cupcakes I

Rating: 4.45 stars
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Chocolate cream cheese cupcakes, rich and gooey. Serve these little gems with a tall glass of ice cold milk.

Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafers

Rating: 4.65 stars
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Easy and so good for holidays, weddings, or whatever the occasion!

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Rating: 5 stars
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Need a festive Christmas cupcake in a hurry? Pipe green frosting on your favorite cupcakes in the shape of a Christmas tree and decorate with an array of sweets and sprinkles as Christmas ornaments.

Vegan Cupcakes

Rating: 4.6 stars
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These taste amazing and are quick to make! You can play around and substitute different milks, oils and extracts; just about any will work. I've listed my favorites. Unfortunately, this recipe doesn't rise well as a cake, but cupcakes are more fun anyway! These are great with a simple frosting of cocoa powder, powdered sugar and orange juice.

Mini Christmas Cakes

Rating: 5 stars
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This recipe makes enough for 24 luxurious mini fruitcakes. They make a thoughtful Christmas gift for neighbors, work colleagues or teachers, or as part of a gift basket. You can decorate them differently by making one for each family member which makes it a lot more fun.

Vanilla Cupcake

Rating: 3.51 stars
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A tasty little cupcake, which is easy to make.

Mini Cheesecakes

Rating: 4.64 stars
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These aren't done with graham wafers, but with vanilla wafer cookies. They are fast, easy and excellent! Top with your favorite fruit pie filling.

Brownie Cupcakes

Rating: 4.12 stars
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Grandma Page's brownie cupcakes!
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Inspiration and Ideas

3 Easy Ways to Frost Cupcakes
Frosting is the decorative final touch that elevates cupcakes into miniature masterpieces. Here are three easy ways to apply frosting or icing to cupcakes: spreading, piping, and dipping.

Lemon Cupcakes

Rating: 4.42 stars
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Here is a recipe I use for beautifully delicious lemon cupcakes. Ideally, you'd use buttercream frosting to ice cupcakes, but I tried these with Lemon Cream Icing for a less buttery icing, and they were perfect! These cupcakes are truly lighter than air and will melt in your mouth.