Cupcake Recipes

Moist, perfect cupcakes everyone will love. Recipes with photos and reviews for vanilla cupcakes, cupcake frosting, mini cupcakes and more.

Staff Picks

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Rating: Unrated
These spiced fall cupcakes are a riff on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. These days, I tend to like savory sweet potato dishes with the meal, but marshmallowy cupcakes make a terrific fall dessert! Store any leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator.

Real Pistachio Cupcakes

Rating: Unrated
A wonderfully not-too-sweet pale green cupcake.

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

Rating: Unrated
Banana, walnut, and chocolate are always an amazing combination of ingredients, no matter what the delivery system, but it really doesn't get any better than in this ganache-frosted cupcake. A close second would be a chocolate-dipped frozen banana, rolled in walnuts, which is also a great treat, although much more awkward to eat in public. Feel free to omit the frosting and just enjoy these as muffins.

Spice Cupcakes

Rating: Unrated
"Paired with 'Caramel Frosting VI', these were a beautiful cupcake." – naples34102

Dreamy Orange Cupcakes

Rating: Unrated
These cupcakes blend two of my favorite flavors: orange and vanilla! Reminiscent of a childhood ice cream pop treat, these cupcakes will make you feel like a kid again!

Apple Pie Cupcakes

With chopped apples in the cake and pie spices in the icing.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: Unrated
I was inspired by a few different banana cupcake recipes before settling on this one. The cream cheese frosting is probably my favorite part; it's just wonderfully decadent on a banana cupcake. Refrigerate cupcakes after frosting. P.S. They taste much better the next day!

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

Rating: Unrated
Perfect for any cake!

Simple White Cake

Rating: Unrated
You can use any cake recipe to make cupcakes; just reduce the baking time.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: Unrated
Chocolate cupcakes are the ultimate party food. Make some for your next party!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Rating: Unrated
This mini version of the classic Red Velvet Cake is one of the more popular offerings in bakeries all across the country. Whip up a batch this holiday season or anytime of the year.
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Cranberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

This recipe creates a light, tender cranberry cupcake--with just a hint of orange--that is then topped with a creamy, buttery white chocolate frosting. It's flavor heaven. You will have leftover frosting, as this recipe makes enough to generously frost 16 cupcakes, at least. Feel free to halve the frosting recipe, if needed.

Inspiration and Ideas

Yukon Cornelius Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Rating: Unrated

Yukon Cornelius is my favorite, and an all-time classic, character from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Did you know that when he would throw his pick axe into the ice and taste the end of it, that he was actually looking for peppermint to mine? As such, I created this cupcake cake in his image with dark chocolate cupcakes filled with a peppermint-white chocolate ganache, and topped with peppermint buttercream. This is a fun and showstopping dessert--perfect for a "Rudolph" watch party! If not serving immediately, store in the fridge no longer than 1 to 2 days before serving.