Cupcake Recipes

Our cupcake recipes range from easy, one-bowl cupcakes to elaborately decorated and include: vanilla cupcakes, snickerdoodle cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, blondie cupcakes, coconut cupcakes, and vegan.

Staff Picks

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Rating: 3.63 stars
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For a handheld treat that takes the cake, try these cute confections -- they combine the flavor of classic banana bread with a creamy spiced frosting.

Blueberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.67 stars
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These blueberry cupcakes are breakfast for dessert. Fresh blueberries are mixed into vanilla cake -- rather than muffin -- batter, which is then topped with cinnamon streusel and swirls of blueberry-cream cheese icing. This recipe appeared in episode 308 of Martha Bakes.

Sprinkles' Strawberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.64 stars
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This recipe for delicious strawberry cupcakes is from Candace Nelson of Sprinkles Cupcakes. There is fresh strawberry purée in both the cake batter and the buttercream frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars
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This recipe is the gold standard when it comes to classic cupcakes. We frosted these with Easy White Icing, but you could use our Chocolate Glaze for an even richer dessert.

Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes

These Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes can be frosted and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a day ahead. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day, decorate them with the hearts just before serving.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.67 stars
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For chocolate cupcakes, substitute 1/2 cup cocoa powder for 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.72 stars
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The most popular flavor at the celebrated New York City bakery is vanilla for a reason! With a moist, tender crumb and rich buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are a true classic. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

Carrot Cupcakes

Rating: 3.99 stars
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These carrot cupcakes will surely become a favorite in your baking repertoire.

Soft-Serve Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Everyone will scream for this twist on soft-serve dunked in a chocolate shell. Chill the frosted cakes while you make a semisweet-chocolate glaze; after it cools to room temperature, carefully dunk them. Chill 10 more minutes, and cue the nostalgia trip. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Cake Perfection: 100+ Recipes for the Sweet Classic, From Simple to Stunning (Clarkson Potter). 

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Rating: 3.55 stars
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With its distinct look, the popular red velvet cupcake is a top contender for favorite flavor. These red velvet cupcakes are easy to whip up for your next get-together. Top them off with a cream cheese frosting that's just as tasty as the red velvet cupcake itself.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Go the full eight minutes when creaming the butter and sugar—it helps incorporate air and will give these berry and cream cupcakes a light and fluffy texture.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes

This recipe for a classic chocolate cupcake is one to keep in the arsenal. It's the base for our Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze.
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Martha's Strawberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.72 stars
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Our founder's sweet recipe is perfect for summer. Top these delightful strawberry cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream and tiny wild strawberries.