The Sweetest Summer Cupcake Recipes
We don't know anyone who would turn down a cupcake, especially one that radiates summer like the options we've rounded up here. Some are fancy cupcakes, some are fun, but all are completely unique and totally delicious. They utilize the very best of fresh summer berries, sport bright frostings, and taste as light as a summer breeze. If we had to choose the ultimate summer cupcake, we'd go with this epic Sunflower Cupcake Cake—it serves as both the sweetest party centerpiece and treats for the whole crowd.
Though many of these cupcakes are fruity, we're also sharing inspiration for dressing up classic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes, Nectarine Cupcakes, and Huckleberry Cupcakes with Sweet Cream are low-maintenance in their decorating techniques. Others, like Piped Rose Cupcakes, Flour-and-Bee Cupcakes, and Flower Cupcakes, require a pastry bag and steady hand. The end result will knock your socks off and be totally worth the effort.
Head to the grocery store to stock up on ingredients so you can start baking; you'll need plenty of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour for these recipes. Some recipes call for cake flour, which may not be in your pantry if you're an infrequent baker. Cake flour has a lower protein count than all-purpose flour, which means that it will produce a lighter cake with a finer crumb texture.
Whether you bring these cupcakes to a backyard barbecue, potluck dinner party, kid's birthday, or just make them for everyone to snack on, we guarantee they'll go fast! Hand-held treats like these are a no-brainer addition to your best summer ever.
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Unfussy and delicious, these cupcakes have the same easy-going approach that makes traditional strawberry shortcakes so popular. There's no frosting necessary; just scoop diced, macerated strawberries into the center of the cupcakes, then spoon a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Sunflower Cupcake Cake
Orange Curd Cupcakes
Key Lime Cupcakes
Take a trip to Key West, Florida, without ever having to leave the kitchen. These cupcakes offer the best of both worlds—a soft, vanilla cupcake with the crispy graham cracker crust and zesty topping found in a key lime pie. It's like having two desserts in one!
Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes
Sweet, juicy nectarines add fresh stone fruit flavor to these cupcakes which are simply frosted with whipped cream. Use peaches, plums, or apricots in place of nectarines if your prefer.