18 Holiday Cupcake Recipes for Every Occasion, from Valentine's Day to Christmas
Here at Martha Stewart, we're all about celebrating every occasion, especially with cake! In this collection, you'll find holiday cupcake recipes suited to special days from Valentine's Day to St. Patrick's Day and Halloween to Christmas. The key to making holiday cupcakes that will wow is decorating your favorite flavor cupcakes with festive frosting, sprinkles, and other toppings.
On Valentine's Day, nothing says romance like rich dark chocolate. Our Chocolate Heart Cupcakes are made for the sweetheart in your life. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to remove the center of the cupcakes, then fill them with fluffy Vanilla-Bean Milk Frosting. One month later, celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these Chocolate-Stout Cupcakes—the batter is made with a full pint of Guinness! Your friends and family will be lucky to take a bite out of something so delicious.
If you're hosting or attending a party for the Fourth of July, make a batch of crowd-friendly Independence Day cupcakes. They're topped with red licorice and blue gel icing to create the look of the American flag. To celebrate fall or to add to the Thanksgiving dessert table, what could be more cute—or more delicious—than Pumpkin Cupcakes topped with miniature marzipan pumpkins?
During the Christmas season, there are usually cookies galore in every shape, flavor, and style, but we say there's always room for cupcake. Our towering Christmas Tree Cupcakes, which are kid-friendly and so creative, are guaranteed to wow. The secret beneath the frosted tree is a classic sugar ice cream cone, which creates the illusion of a beautiful Tannenbaum. You could also craft the tree toppers pictured here using pretzel sticks, white chocolate, and buttercream.
Celebrate year-round with our fun and festive holiday cupcake recipes.
Chocolate Heart Cupcakes
Fall in love with these rich, chocolatey cupcakes that are ideal for Valentine's Day. Creating the perfect shape is easy with a little help from a heart-shaped cookie cutter; just press it into the middle of the cupcake to create a hole and fill it with sweet vanilla buttercream.
Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze
Our classic chocolate cupcakes get a very romantic upgrade here. Pipe white chocolate on top to read sweet words like "romance," "Valentine," or "love."
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Nothing says Valentine's Day like the color red, and these are just about the sweetest red velvet cupcakes out there. Our go-to recipe, featuring iconic cream cheese frosting, is fantastic any day of the year, but especially when you're celebrating the holiday of love.
Mini Chocolate Cupcakes With Multicolored Frosting
Coconut Chick Cupcakes
July 4th Cupcakes
Pistachio Cupcakes with Ghastly Green Glaze
Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes
Do you have lots of leftover Halloween candy? Unwrap miniature chocolate peanut butter cups and candy corn and place them in the center of the peanut butter cupcake batter for a bite-sized, bewitching treat.
Absolutely ghastly but also completely delicious, these chocolate cupcakes are decorated to look like brains. The trick here is having a steady hand as you pipe pale pink frosting using a round pastry tip.
Christmas is coming and these charming cupcakes are sure to bring joy to the world. A combination of royal icing and homemade butter glaze are used to create the look of colorful baubles.
Kids will love helping to make these vanilla cupcakes adorned with marshmallow snowmen.
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Create adorable Christmas trees using green buttercream and sugar cones. They're guaranteed to be a showstopper at your next holiday party.