Everyone loves cupcakes, they’re the perfect individually-sized treat that can be eaten with your hands (no fork necessary!). Our cupcake recipes range from easy one-bowl cupcakes to elaborately decorated cupcakes worthy of a pedestal. We’ve got black bottom cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, snickerdoodle cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, blondie cupcakes, margarita cupcakes, coconut cupcakes, and lots more irresistible flavors. Our vegan cupcake recipe is chocolaty and delicious. And when it comes to decorating cupcakes and transforming them into flowers, footballs, cute animals, and holiday treats, we can’t be beat. Watch our dual-tone piped frosting (so easy, so impressive!). Learn how to create snowmen or snowballs, apples, hedgehogs, flag cupcakes, and scary Halloween cupcakes. Plus, our test kitchen experts share their creative cupcake ideas and tips for baking and decorating cupcakes. Whether for a birthday party or bake sale, we have the cupcake recipes you’ll love.
Strawberry Shortcake CupcakesGo the full eight minutes when creaming the butter and sugar -- it helps incorporate air and will give the cupcakes a light and fluffy texture.AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
Two layers of batter--from the same batch--form rich stripes reminiscent of the ever popular ice cream combination when topped with strawberry buttercream.
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The familiar flavors of your favorite full-size cakes are reinvented into tiny, irresistible treats.
Decorating Ideas for Cupcakes
Fancy flourishes and pretty piping really are the icing on these cupcakes.
Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing
Our Easiest Cupcakes
Bake up a batch of our easiest cupcakes for a nearly effortless treat.
From classic and elegant to whimsical and fun, these 30 stunning beauties convey the message that this is indeed a special occasion.
Bake Sale Cupcakes
When it comes to bake sales, there's no treat more popular than a cute little cake that fits into the palm of your hand. Homemade cupcakes are perfect for bake sales because they're simple and fun to make -- and they get the kids involved. Any of the following recipes are sure to generate plenty of sales and become a big hit.
No matter what flavor frosting or cake, or what ages the recipients, these inspired creations will be such a hit, you'll need to make enough for seconds. Actually, make that thirds.
Celebrate spring with cupcakes evocative of the season. With adorable baby bluebird cupcakes and pretty flower cupcakes, the following recipes will add spring to anyone's step.
Although we believe cupcakes are a timeless treat, these summery sweets really take the cake!
Red Velvet CupcakesRecipe
Monogram CupcakesPipe guests' initials onto the tops of these cupcakes, or create a message that is spelled out when the cupcakes are lined up.Recipe
Cupcake OrnamentsArrange these around an evergreen branch or platter, and set it out for a special meal or holiday party for an extra dash of festive cheer.Video
Candy Flower Cupcakes
If you think you need to be a pastry chef to create these little beauties, think again. Simply top frosted cupcakes with cut-up candies in an artful arrangement. Serve at parties, bake sales, brunches - even a bridal shower. Everyone will love eating them petal by petal before biting into the cake underneath!Recipe
Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake CupcakesThese are miniature siblings of our Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake.Recipe
Pumpkin Patch CupcakesSince they are topped with cream-cheese frosting and miniature marzipan pumpkins, you might not realizee these festive cupcakes are nutritious. Pumpkins are loaded with good stuff -- vitamins A and B, iron, potassium, protein, fiber -- and are low in fat and sodium.Recipe
John’s Carrot Cupcakes with Cream-Cheese FrostingBecause these cupcakes aren't overly sweet, they're just as good for afternoon tea or a snack as they are for dessert.Recipe
Neapolitan CupcakesThese nostalgic cuties can be made a day in advance -- store them in an airtight container at room temperature and frost just before serving.Recipe
Frosted Vanilla CupcakesFor Halloween, decorate the tops of the cupcakes with black and orange jelly beans.Post
Easy Decorating Ideas for Spring Cupcakes
Use these super-quick and simple decorating ideas to transform your cupcakes into spring cupcakes. Fresh fruit, flowers, herbs, and even leftover Easter candy will give your treats a seasonal look.Gallery
Candy Flower Cupcakes -- No Piping RequiredIf you think you need to be a pastry chef to create these beautiful flower cupcakes, think again. Simply top frosted cupcakes with a small garden’s worth of cut-up candies in an artful arrangement. Serve your blooms at parties, bake sales, brunches -- even on Mother’s Day. Everyone will love eating them petal by petal before biting into the cake underneath.Video
Cinco De Mayo Margarita CupcakeSarah Carey makes Cinco De Mayo-inspired Margarita Cupcakes. With a tangy lime curd, this tequila-infused dessert is perfect for any lively celebration, give it a try!Recipe
Mini Chocolate Cupcakes With Multicolored FrostingDiminutive chocolate cupcakes get dressed up in an array of color.Post
Amazing Animal Cakes That Are Super-Cute (Check Out the Bunny Cake!)
Serve your guests lamb -- in cake form. Or tempt them with these adorable Easter desserts shaped like chicks, a bunny, and even a mother hen. Our 4 cake projects range from easy enough for kids to a cake just right for those who love to pipe decorations.Recipe
Passion Fruit-Filled CupcakesPassion fruit curd is spooned into the center of these cupcakes, infusing them with a sweet surprise. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 601.Post
Simple, Cute Bunny Cupcakes
Creating cute cupcakes can be simple and fun. It doesn't have to take a lot of time. With a little imagination, you can even make these bunny cupcakes with items you might already have in the kitchen. Your kids will be so psyched they might just hop for joy!AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
"Parade" CupcakesInstead of one birthday cake, why not make a "parade" of cupcakes -- there won't be any battles over the biggest slice. Cream cheese frosting is given texture with sprinkles and nonpareils; raspberries and blueberries add a burst of color.Post
Cute Owl Cupcakes That Will Make You the Hoot of the Party
They are so simple to make, but you don't have to tell your friends that if you don't want to. Start with your favorite cupcake and frosting recipe, add a few Oreos, M&Ms, and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, and you will have a treat your friends and family will remember forever.Recipe
Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake CupcakesUse the ingredients for our Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake; for the sauce, reduce the amount of sugar to one and a half tablespoons and the amount of raspberries to one cup.Recipe
Milk-Chocolate Pudding CupcakesThe cupcakes here, inspired by the squiggly-topped childhood favorite, are plumped up with a chocolaty pudding filling, topped with a ganache glaze, and crowned with elegant chocolate curls. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 603.See More