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

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 158
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."

Blueberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 232
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.

Small-Batch Celebration Cupcakes

Who needs a reason for cupcakes? Commemorate getting to Wednesday with a mini-batch of these cream-cheese-frosted cupcakes. For optimum lift, bake them in a full-size pan, skipping every other cup to allow for extra air circulation.
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Martha's Strawberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 295
Our founder's sweet recipe is perfect for summer. Top these delightful strawberry cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Buttercream and tiny wild strawberries. 

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 870
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.

Orange Curd Cupcakes

Bursting with bright citrusy flavor, these cupcakes call for orange zest in the batter and homemade orange curd in the filling. Swirls of vanilla buttercream crowned with store-bought dried orange slices take them over the top.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 1463
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.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 618
For chocolate cupcakes, substitute 1/2 cup cocoa powder for 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.

Sprinkles' Strawberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 1260
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.

Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries

Talk about a fun dessert! This Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries looks like a sheet cake on top, but there are actually vanilla-coconut cupcakes underneath the fresh berries and fluffy whipped-cream frosting. It's easy to make and even easier to serve—no slicing required.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 2313
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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

15 Cupcake Recipes That Are Just Right for a Baby Shower
Whether topped with swirls of frosting or a shiny glaze, decorated with flowers or piped lettering, cupcakes are the ultimate dessert for a party to celebrate a mom-to-be.
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Rating: 3.5 stars 398

These cheerful nibbles are inspired by Martha's signature lemon meringue pie. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 308.