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Birthday Cupcakes for Girls

Whether she's an athlete, an adventurer, or a princess, our cleverly decorated birthday cupcakes will thrill your birthday girl. These creative cupcake recipes work well with purchased cupcakes, or you can bake a batch from scratch using our quick and easy recipes.

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    • Zoo Animal Cupcakes

      Send kids on a wild safari with a menagerie of cute zoo animal cupcakes. These adorable lions, pandas, monkeys, and elephants are topped with homemade frosting and candy decorations for a roaring-fun party!

    • Butterfly Garden Cupcakes

      With candy kaleidoscope wings and rich buttercream frosting, these darling butterfly cupcakes are sure to set the birthday girl's heart a-flutter. Place them next to jelly bean-topped flower cupcakes to create the perfect butterfly garden!

    • Princess Birthday Cupcakes

      These birthday cupcakes proudly display the tall hat and flowing ribbons of a fairy-tale princess.

    • Beach Party Cupcakes

      Summery birthday cupcakes make a bright addition to any party, no matter the season. With cookie flip-flops, fruit leather beach towels, and donut hole beach balls, these sweet treats are perfect for a beach or pool party.

    • Neapolitan Cupcake Cones

      With layers of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate cake hidden inside each cone, these birthday cupcakes will be a sweet surprise for your little girl's special day. Swirls of buttercream frosting and classic ice cream toppings add to the fun.

    • Decorating Birthday Cupcakes: Quick and Easy Tips

      It's easier than you think to add fun decorations to kids' birthday cupcakes using gel frosting, cookies, and different candies. Just try these tips and tricks!

    • Pet Shop Cupcakes

      Treat your animal-lover to her very own birthday cupcake pet shop! These playful pups and cute cats are decorated using basic ingredients -- marshmallows, licorice, and other common candies -- to look bakery-worthy without the hassle.

    • Sea Turtle Cupcakes

      This band of friendly sea turtles on swirled frosting waves will guarantee your little girl's party goes swimmingly. The best part? Quick and easy decorations, like vanilla sandwich cookies and gumdrops, mean the whole batch can be ready in 45 minutes.

    • Silly Confetti Birthday Cupcakes

      Frosting streamers and confetti sprinkles scatter in festive style over these party-ready birthday cupcakes. There's a birthday party in every bite, and the decorating is easy enough to let the birthday girl take part.

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      Color Wheel Cupcakes

      Your little artist and her friends will have plenty of hands-on fun creating their very own birthday cupcake creations. Set out different colors of frosting, sprinkles, and toppings, then let them make (and eat) their colorful masterpieces.

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      Banana Split Cupcakes

      Is the birthday girl head over heels for cake and ice cream? Dish up this fun spin on the classic soda shop treat. Top moist banana cupcakes with a scoop of her favorite ice cream, then add a generous helping of whipped cream. Don't forget the cherry on top!

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      Basketball Star Cupcakes

      The birthday star and all her party guests will make a fast break for the treat table when they see these basketball cupcakes. You'll cheer for the simplicity of the decorating.

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      Kitty Cupcake Cones

      The birthday girl will love these adorable kitty cupcake cones, and you'll love how easy they are to make. The cupcakes bake in the cones, so they're ready for their candy feline features as soon as they've cooled.

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      Flower Swirl Cupcakes

      Dress up your cupcakes for the birthday party. Swirls of creamy frosting, sugar flowers, and pretty paper liners outfit plain cupcakes in festive attire. The color scheme is easy to match to the birthday girl's favorite colors.

      Editor's Tip: Find sugar flowers among the baking ingredients at the grocery store or at baking supply stores.

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      Soccer Ball Birthday Cupcakes

      Goal! Every soccer star will want these sweet soccer balls for her birthday party. They're simple to decorate, too, with frosting-dipped donut holes for the soccer ball and piped green frosting for the turf.

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      Rainbow Cupcakes

      This cupcake arrangement is easy to make. You don't even frost the cupcakes individually. Simply arrange the cupcakes and pipe frosting in colorful bands. The birthday girl gets the first choice of colors!

      Editor's Tip: The top red band of the rainbow will require the most frosting, and subsequent bands of frosting will require less, so divide frosting accordingly.

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      Marshmallow Tower Mini Cupcakes

      Sprinkled with colored sugar, the towering peaks of marshmallow topping add big drama to these tiny birthday desserts. The birthday girl will love the cream soda flavor of the cupcakes, too.

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      Creative Birthday Cakes for Kids

      The birthday cake is a great place to start for a party theme. Whether your child is an artist or a sailor ready for the seven seas, these birthday cake ideas will get the party started.
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