17 Classic Cupcakes We Will Always Love
Made with simple ingredients that you can find in your pantry, cupcakes are one of the easiest treats to bake, and they're sure to bring a smile to everyone's face. Whether you frost them with a rich buttercream, glaze with ganache, or pile toasted meringue high up to the sky, cupcakes are our go-to dessert for a crowd.
Perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers, and summer potluck parties, our cupcake recipes are sure to delight. Of course, you can make them anytime you're craving something sweet. No matter what cupcake recipe you're making, a couple of steps will help you achieve perfect treats. Always use room temperature milk, butter, and eggs, and sift all of your dry ingredients for both the batter and the frosting to ensure that everything is lump-free.
Start with two of our most basic recipes—Easy Chocolate Cupcakes and Yellow Cupcakes. You can decorate them however you please and we guarantee that all of the ingredients needed are already in your pantry.
Some of our recipes use cake flour, which has a lower protein count than all-purpose flour, thus creating a lighter, fluffier texture with a fine crumb. Try it out in our Parade Cupcakes, which are topped with a rich cream cheese frosting (yes, you can use this frosting beyond red velvet cupcakes!).
For more seasonal flavor, try baking a batch of our Pumpkin Cupcakes, which are made with pumpkin purée, spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, and equal parts brown sugar and granulated white sugar. They're topped with cream cheese frosting and handmade marzipan pumpkins—an extra-sweet detail.
Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
A few ingredients make these simple cupcakes stand out—cake flour, which gives them a delicate crumb and super fluffy texture. Buttermilk makes the batter rich and moist, and a combination of vanilla and almond extract creates a lovely flavor. The fruit garnish is just the "berry" on top.
Milk-Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes
Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Raise your hand if you're an Oreo lover? Us too. That's why we've baked these cupcakes inspired by the classic sandwich cookie. After you fill the cupcake liners with batter, press a cookie into each cup until it's fully submerged. Trust us—it's the sweetest kind of surprise.
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
This recipe for moist chocolate cupcakes is exactly the one to make when you want dessert in a flash. The prep work and clean-up are minimal because the cupcakes are made in one bowl, which makes this one of our absolute favorite recipes.
Enjoy a juicy version of everyone's favorite breakfast—blueberry muffins—for dessert! Before adding the blueberries to the cupcake batter, toss them in a tablespoon or two of flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom. The icing is the most beautiful swirl of cream cheese frosting and blueberry jam that you've ever seen.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes
Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream
For these very berry cupcakes, chopped strawberries are added to the batter, puréed strawberries are whipped into the buttercream, and whole berries are used to garnish each cake. A combination of cake flour and all-purpose flour give these cupcakes a light, fluffy texture.
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Have you ever met a more perfect pairing? Tinted red and rich with chocolate flavor, red velvet cupcakes are an absolute classic (don't forget about the luscious cream cheese frosting!).
Devil's Food Cupcakes
Chocolate lovers, this one is for you! Fudgy chocolate cupcakes made with Dutch-processed cocoa powder are topped with chocolate ganache frosting and chocolate curls.
Yellow Butter Cupcakes
One of our favorite tricks to making light and fluffy cupcakes—cake flour—is featured here. Buttermilk and five eggs (plus three additional egg yolks) make these simple vanilla cupcakes extra rich and moist.
Everyone's favorite cinnamon-sugar cookie is transformed into a spectacular cupcake. It's topped with a sweet, light frosting made with sugar, water, corn syrup, and egg whites.