If you’re throwing a party or get-together, cupcakes are an easy and fun dessert you can make for a small or large crowd. Best of all, there are tons of amazing cupcake recipes you can try out.
The great thing about cupcakes is that they can give you a wider variety of delicious desserts and options. For example, most families are divided when it comes to cake flavors, with some family members loving white cake and others craving chocolate cake. Why not have both? And throw in some red velvet cake?
Now, don’t be intimidated by some of these cupcakes recipes. While they may seem like bakery-chef-level projects, they are very easy cupcake recipes.
Cupcakes have a magical way of delighting our taste buds and brightening up any occasion. Exploring different cupcake recipes can lead you to discover new favorite flavors and ignite your creativity in the kitchen. In this article, you will find an array of recipes that cater to various tastes and preferences, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
As you embark on your cupcake-making journey, remember that the perfect cupcake starts with quality ingredients and a well-tested recipe. Beyond the classic vanilla or chocolate cupcakes, you’ll find recipes that incorporate seasonal flavors, trendy ingredients, and even savory options. These recipes will ensure you are well-equipped to whip up a batch of impressive cupcakes for any event or just a special treat for yourself.
When it comes to creativity, it’s hard to beat cupcake ideas. Unlike cakes, you can really focus more on decoration rather than trying things like ensuring your frosting is even.
This gives you the freedom to create the best cupcakes that not only taste great but also satisfy your unique self-expression. Below we’ve put together a list of 40 of the best cupcake recipes you can try for your next event.
Bonus: Cute Monster Cupcakes
These cupcakes are so darn cute and just in time for Halloween. Of course they are also great for any time, or maybe a Monsters, Inc. watch party with your kids.
This cupcake recipe will take you back to simpler times when grandma used to make the best banana pudding in the world! These cupcakes have it all and are filled with a creamy pudding center for banana lovers. They like biting sweet little treasure chests.
If you’re looking for the best cupcakes for Valentine’s day, these delicious dark chocolate cupcakes featuring creamy raspberry buttercream frosting will certainly do the trick!
And one cool thing about this recipe is the sweet little chocolate hearts they show you how to make.
While there are many more sophisticated cupcake flavors out there, there’s just something so joyful about funfetti cupcakes. They are super-easy to make and taste like sweet little celebrations with every bite. These cupcakes are perfect for kids’ birthday parties and special celebrations.
This is perhaps the best cupcake recipe for fluffy, creamy, sophisticated wedding cupcakes. They are perfect for “the big day” and look like mini works of art. But, don’t worry, the instructions walk you through step by step to ensure you have perfect cupcakes.
We’ve found an amazing Piña Colada cupcakes recipe that will send your taste buds away on a tropical vacation. These fun and flavorful treats feature coconut Haupia filling and pina colada buttercream frosting with coconut rum topped with toasted coconut and a cherry.
Biscoff cupcakes are made using Biscoff biscuits and are topped with a creamy Biscoff buttercream frosting, then topped with a sweet little Biscoff cookie. Despite the Biscoff overload, the flavor of these cupcakes is a bit more subtle and perfect with a morning cup of coffee.
Blending chocolate and vanilla, these delicious marble cupcakes take two of our favorite flavors and create a sweet swirl of heavenly flavor. These cupcakes are delicious, but the swirls are also gorgeous, inspiring you to add your favorite decorations.
Try these sensational mini mocha cupcakes made with creamy Dulce de Leche frosting for a fun and fancy treat that is the perfect appetizer for your next dinner party.
The frosting perfectly compliments the mocha cupcakes’ rich, sweet, complex flavor.
If you’re looking for the perfect cupcake for a baby shower, wedding, or princess-themed birthday party, these pink champagne cupcakes are ideal!
And don’t worry about the alcohol. It bakes off, leaving only the flavor, making them appropriate for all ages.
Another fantastic cupcake for Valentine’s day is chocolate cupcakes made with creamy strawberry frosting. These little treats are gorgeous when topped with chocolate strawberries. And the tiny flowers in this recipe are a really nice touch. Your valentine’s heart will melt when they see these.
This cupcake recipe is something to cheer about for Bailey’s Irish Creme coffee fans. It features the world-famous liqueur sweet and fluffy cupcakes topped with an amazing Irish whiskey buttercream frosting that will blow your mind! Try this sweet treat at your next brunch.
Another amazing combination of flavors is hazelnut and chocolate, which are celebrated in this recipe for chocolate hazelnut cupcakes topped with creamy Nutella buttercream frosting.
This cupcake is a dream come true for Nutella lovers, delivering that iconic nutty flavor mixed with delicious chocolate.
These fluffy, chocolate cupcakes are filled with creamy chocolate chip cheesecake and topped with swirls of sweet cream cheese frosting with an amazing chocolate ganache. Calling these cupcakes decadent is like describing the sun as “a bit warm” – the understatement of the year.
If you’re looking for a great dessert for St. Patrick’s Day, these mint chocolate cupcakes are just what you need. These supersoft chocolaty cupcakes are topped with a creamy mint buttercream frosting with sprinkles of chocolate chips added for good measure.
It’s so strange how a veggie-based cake can be so good! And this sensational carrot cake cupcake recipe shows you how to make the fluffiest, most flavorful carrot cake cupcakes with an amazing buttercream frosting that will knock your socks off!
We’ve got yet another incredible Valentine’s Day treat for you, and your special person is guaranteed to fall in love with. These Strawberry Nutella cupcakes feature tasty Nutella cupcakes topped with even more Nutella, creamy strawberry frosting, and a fresh strawberry for good measure!
These pumpkin cupcakes with creamy cinnamon maple cream cheese frosting deliver the taste of fall during any season. These sweet treats encompass the spirit of fall with a warm spice that will make you think of sitting by the fire watching the leaves fall onto the snow.
If you just can’t get enough cinnamon, then we’ve got just the thing to cure your cinnamon itch. These soft and sweet cinnamon cupcakes feature a creamy cinnamon buttercream frosting that will send your cinnamon sensors into overdrive!
Sometimes it’s nice just to get back to basics. And this easy recipe for making perfect Vanilla cupcakes lets you do just that, but showing you how to make the fluffiest, sweetest vanilla cupcakes topped with creamy vanilla buttercream frosting.
Strawberry fans rejoice. This recipe for fresh strawberry cupcakes delivers the flavor of our favorite summertime berry in the form of fluffy, soft, sweet, and addictive little cakes topped with fresh strawberry buttercream frosting and a juicy strawberry to round things out quite nicely!
21. Coconut Cupcakes
Coconut fanatics, don’t worry, we’ve not forgotten about you! This recipe shows you how to make the yummiest, most coconuttiest cupcakes you’ve ever tasted. It features moist, soft coconut cupcakes with a delicious cream cheese frosting topped by more shaved coconut!
Our collection of amazing Valentine’s Day cupcakes continues with one of the most popular recipes, red velvet cupcakes. This tried and true recipe delivers moist, soft, red velvet cupcakes with just a tiny suggestion of chocolate, a vibrant bright red color, and creamy cream cheese frosting.
23. Banana Cupcakes
The banana is another fruit that’s getting the star treatment on our list. This recipe for banana cupcakes features sweet cream cheese frosting swirled atop moist and extra fluffy homemade banana cupcakes. These cupcakes feature just a tiny hint of cinnamon and are a must for banana lovers.
Okay, folks, it’s time to get down to some serious business. I’m talking chocolate cupcakes. While we are used to seeing chocolate cupcakes everywhere these days, this recipe for the best chocolate cupcakes will put all others to shame.
25. Coffee Cupcakes
Some folks drink coffee. Then some are in love with coffee. But, who could have guessed that this bitter brew could make such a delicious dessert flavor? These coffee cupcakes feature a sweet flavor balanced by coffee-flavored chocolate chips and richer coffee buttercream frosting.
These bright, vibrant, and delightfully flavorful lemon blueberry cupcakes feature the tart taste of lemon with sweet plump blueberries and a creamy lemon cream cheese buttercream frosting that is truly irresistible. For this recipe, you want to grab fresh blueberries from the farmer’s market if possible.
These mind-blowing apple pie cupcakes not only have a sweet, creamy cinnamon buttercream frosting that’s to die for, they also feature apple pie filling! They also have just the right balance of sweetness and spice we all love in a delicious apple pie.
What’s that, you say? More chocolate? Okay, we’ve got you covered! How about his recipe for triple chocolate cupcakes? It features Hersey’s chocolate cupcakes made with milk chocolate Lindt Truffles and a delicious chocolate buttercream frosting. These are the cupcakes for those who think “too much chocolate” is a funny oxymoron.
We’ve got another amazing cupcake for those with a chocolate truffle fix. These Ferrero Rocher cupcakes feature super moist, fluffy chocolate cupcakes stuffed with Ferrero Rocher chocolate truffles and topped with a creamy, silky smooth Nutella buttercream frosting, crunching chopped hazelnuts, and more truffles on top! Yikes! Have mercy!
There are certain words in the English language that, when you put them together, the only appropriate response is “yes.” For example, chocolate toffee cupcakes with creamy salted caramel buttercream frosting. You see, you didn’t even have to think about it. The word “yes” just popped in your head, didn’t it?
Okay, folks, let’s have some fun! Do you want to throw an ice cream social without all the dirty dishes to clean up afterward? Try this recipe for banana split cupcakes. You’ve got french vanilla cake, strawberry cake, and chocolate cake with a funfetti buttercream frosting with all the classic sundae toppings.
32. Lemon Cupcakes
Go back to basics once again; we’ve got this simple delicious recipe for lemon cupcakes. However, these cupcakes also have a little surprise, as each one is filled with delicious homemade lemon curd and topped with a creamy, tangy-sweet buttercream frosting.
Hummingbird cupcakes are incredible little desserts that feature pineapple and banana flavors in super-fluffy cupcakes topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting. These little tropical cakes are ideal for when you just want to fly away on your lunch break.
This incredible recipe for peach cobbler cupcakes brings the spirit of summer right to your lips with fluffy, moist cupcakes filled with peach cobbler filling and topped with wonderful buttercream frosting and a slice of juicy peach. One bite and life will indeed be “peachy.”
These delicious little margarita cupcakes taste just like your favorite cocktail. They are simple vanilla cupcakes infused with tequila and lime, then brushed with a bit more tequila before being topped with a tequila lime buttercream frosting. Did we already mention tequila?
36. M&M Cupcakes
M&Ms have to be some of the most versatile candies in the world. You can put them in so many recipes it’s crazy, such as this one for M&M cupcakes. It features a moist vanilla cake filled with mini M&Ms and topped with a creamy vanilla buttercream frosting and more chocolatey M&Ms.
One fruit that never seems to get enough attention is blackberries. These fruits are Raspberries’ sweeter cousin, and they make for some truly delicious desserts. This recipe features fluffy and light vanilla cupcakes topped with fresh blackberry buttercream frosting decorated with a fresh blackberry.
If you’re a lover of red hot cinnamon candies, this cupcake recipe is just for you! These cupcakes feature a sweet, fluffy cinnamon cake topped with a spicy cinnamon-buttercream frosting and your favorite hot cinnamon candy pieces.
Stepping back into the ice cream realm, we’ve got this recipe for amazing Rocky Road cupcakes featuring soft chocolate cake topped with creamy, chocolaty buttercream frosting, nuts, and marshmallows. I personally love eating these with a nice bowl of vanilla bean ice cream!
40. S’more Cupcakes
No need to fiddle with dangerous campfires when you can enjoy the delicious chocolatey taste of smores in an easy-to-make cupcake. They also feature chocolate and gram cracker crust for an authentic s’more experience.
We’ve listed some insanely creative and unique cupcake recipes. These cupcake flavor ideas are sure to delight and excite your friends and family while inspiring you to try new and interesting concepts.
Baking is much more than making sweet pastries, it’s also about exploration and learning. This is why if your first batch doesn’t come out just as you planned, you shouldn’t get discouraged.
Becoming a good baker is as much an art as it is a science. Getting a feel for things like texture and knowing how your oven bakes will help you develop more nuanced baking skills.
Below we’ve found a video that features six other bold and delicious recipes for cupcakes.
Our 40+ BEST Cupcake Recipes (+Pina Colada Cupcakes)
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 3.5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup pina colada mixer
- 1 Tbsp. coconut rum
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 dozen vanilla or pineapple cupcakes
- Use all ingredients except the cupcakes to make the frosting.
- Frost the cupcakes.
- Garnish with cherries, pineapple wedges, and cocktail umbrellas.
Use in or with your favorite recipe.