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: 3.72 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."

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Rating: 3.65 stars 933
Pumpkin's not just for pies. Mix up these cupcakes with canned pumpkin and lots of spice, then top them with tangy cream cheese frosting and the cutest mini marzipan pumpkins.

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Rating: 3.63 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.

Blueberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.67 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.

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.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Rating: 3.55 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.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Rating: 3.68 stars 22
Kids will gobble these up! Gummy candies, marshmallows, and toasted coconut flakes make excellent facial features and feathers for tiny Thanksgiving "turkeys."

Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.67 stars 618
For chocolate cupcakes, substitute 1/2 cup cocoa powder for 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.

"Broken Glass" Cupcakes

Rating: 3.21 stars 860
The recipe for the "glass" is essentially one for caramel. The trick is to cook it for a shorter amount of time than usual so it stays clear.

Owl Cupcakes

If the cream filling of the sandwich cookies is discolored by cookie crumbs when twisted open, gently scrape with a paring knife to remove loose crumbs before using.

Devil's Food Cupcakes

Rating: 3.67 stars 597
We mixed sour cream into the batter to add moistness and a subtle tang. Silky smooth ganache makes a rich topping; other options include seven-minute frosting and cream-cheese frosting. The chocolate curls are easily made with a few strokes of a vegetable peeler.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

Rating: 3.33 stars 24
While you can certainly serve these classic vanilla cupcakes frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream as is, kids will love transforming them into festive clowns using gumdrops, cinnamon candy, and sprinkles.
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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.

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.