Labor Day Cupcakes for Your Cookout
Typically, Labor Day signals the end of summer, but we're all for extending the season for just a wee bit longer with these sun-and-fun inspired cupcakes fit for any outdoor gathering. Because when it's hot and sticky out, the last thing you want is a dessert that's the same. Cool cakes, creamy frosting, and indulgent flavors in a convenient handheld format are just the dessert for your Labor Day cookout.
Raspberry Iced Tea Cupcakes
Raspberry iced tea is a traditional summertime refresher, and this prize-winning recipe by ilkaisha shows that it's twice as nice as a dessert!
Super Baconator Cupcakes
Not all meat for your Labor Day cook-out needs to be cooked on the grill and these bacon-laden cupcakes prove it. "The bacon is not overpowering and the maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement," says Michelle Kreder Crooks.
Dreamy Orange Cupcakes
Bring back the days of chasing after the ice cream truck as the street lights come on with this Creamsicle-inspired recipe. This nostalgic orange and vanilla combination is fun and unexpected in cupcake form. And if orange cake mix is hard to find, reviewers June and WEW recommend adding some orange extract and food coloring to yellow or vanilla cake mix to act as an easy substitution.
Another riff on summer ice cream favorites, this brownie-bottom, strawberry cake, and vanilla-frosted confection means there's a layer for everyone.
Chocolate Beer Cupcakes With Whiskey Filling And Irish Cream Icing
Recipe creator MeowTheCow08 suggests serving these cupcakes up for St. Patrick's Day due to the use of Irish whisky and stout, but for many, beer and barbecue go hand in hand, which makes this perfectly appropriate for a Labor Day cook-out, too!
Banana Split Cupcakes
The beloved banana split gets transformed into a decadent layered cupcake. Ripe bananas give the cake mix fresh, real-fruit flavor, and three types of frosting — chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry — are your sundae callbacks.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Bananas have a tendency to get overripe quickly in the heat of the summer, and how better to use them up quickly than by making a big batch of cupcakes? Heather Barskey said they were "so good, I made them twice in one week!"
Zucchini Raspberry Cupcakes
Anyone that gardens knows that with the end of summer comes a proliferation of zucchini. Sneak this green veggie into a batch of chocolatey raspberry cupcakes for a slightly healthier spin on your Labor Day dessert.
PBJ Cupcakes - Berry Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Peanut butter and jelly, the classic combo that reminds us of heading back to school, is also delicious in cupcake form. Strawberry extract and raspberry jam flavor the batter, while the creamy frosting is filled with rich peanut butter.
Toasted Marshmallow Cupcakes
How about one last camp-out before the fall? This classic summertime sweet is even better as a cupcake and a fitting last hurrah. Using broiled marshmallows instead of frosting cuts down on the work and time, and Deb C suggests microwaving the marshmallows briefly to soften before pressing them down.
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Get a taste of the tropics with these fruit-filled cupcakes. Baking these individual servings is much easier to serve guests than cutting up an entire pineapple upside down cake.