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Spring Cakes and Cupcakes

Say hello to spring with these adorable dessert recipes. We've chosen our cutest cake and cupcake recipes for you to try, including cake recipes with ruffles, flowers, sprinkles, and more. Browse our sweetest collection yet.

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    • Vanilla Ruffle Cake

      Give ordinary vanilla cake a pretty-in-pink makeover with ravishing rows of vanilla-buttercream ruffles. To achieve this lovely look, be sure to use a decorating pipe with a petal tip.

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    • End of the Rainbow Cupcakes

      May flowers aren't the only things April showers bring! You'll need white frosting, food coloring, and coarse decorating sugar to create this easy, eye-catching rainbow stretching across a base of pre-baked cupcakes. Remember the teeny-tiny marshmallow clouds!

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    • Double-Layer White Chocolate Cake

      Play dress-up with a plain-Jane cake by adding cascading rosettes of luscious white chocolate frosting. To pile on these precious frills, all you need is a little food coloring and a decorating bag with a large star tip.

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    • Butterfly Garden

      Sure, the stunning jelly bean flowers and pretzel-winged butterflies might grab your guests' attention first, but just wait. They're one bite away from realizing these springtime beauties are chocolate chip cookie cupcakes!

    • Sprinkle-Me-Happy Cake

      Inspire some "ooh la las" with this stunningly striped cake featuring soft vanilla buttercream frosting, a fruity ultramoist cake, and of course, plenty of sprinkles! Click to learn our super simple decorating tips!

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    • Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Cream

      Searching for an impressive holiday cake recipe? You've found it! Stacked with dense, lemony cake layers and rich, zingy whipped cream, this indulgent three-tier cake could be the ultimate springtime dessert.

    • Lamb and Ducky Cupcakes

      Whether you're celebrating a springtime baby shower, a kiddo's birthday, or an abiding love for baby farmyard animals, these adorably decorated cupcakes fit the bill. Grab some marshmallows, shredded coconut, and Tootsie Rolls, and read on!

    • Whole Wheat Chocolate-Blueberry Cake

      We can't think of a better use for fresh spring berries than piling them high atop a dark, moist chocolate cake coated in an easy, two-ingredient chocolate ganache. (Can you?)

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    • Six Layers of Strawberry Deliciousness

      There's ordinary strawberry cake recipes...and then there's THIS: a berry-topped, coconut-coated tower of soft strawberry cake layers alternated with strawberry-dotted cream cheese frosting. Click to see how we made it!

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      Lavender Earl Grey Cupcakes

      Blogger Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes added floral Earl Grey tea to sweet lavender-honey cupcakes. This teatime inspired cake can be customized with any flavor you like!

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      Cherry Flower Cake

      This cake knows what spring is all about: flowers. To create this in-bloom look, first coat your cake in our creamy cherry-almond butter frosting, then use candy clay to shape the petals and their centers.

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      Hyacinth Flower Cake Pops

      Don't be surprised when friends lean in to sniff these spring blooms -- and comment on the heavenly vanilla frosting and cake aroma! These amazingly realistic hyacinth cake pops, made by blogger Amber Spiegel of SweetAmbs, could fool anybody.

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      Bird's Nest Cupcakes

      Celebrate the birds chirping joyfully for spring without taking a step outside with these bird's nest cupcakes. They're bright, fun, and full of lemony goodness.

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      Lemonade Cake

      With a cup of lemonade concentrate, our supersweet cake is as refreshing as a glass of lemonade. Garnish with sugar-coated lemon slices for a pop of spring color.

    • 11 Fun Ideas for Decorating a Cake with Candy
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      11 Ways to Decorate a Cake with Candy

      Amp up a basic cake with an incredibly easy candy topper. We have 11 instant ideas.

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      Layered Sherbet Cake

      One bite of this chilly cake will take you back to the fun flavors of childhood push-up pops. Our layered spin features rows of lime, raspberry, and orange frozen sherbet between soft vanilla cake. (And we snuck in a few candy toppers, too!)

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      Chocolate Mojito Cupcakes

      These bright, spring-green cupcakes are inspired by the classic mojito cocktail! We love blogger Heather Baird's twist of citrusy lime and fresh mint.

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      Mini Chocolate Cakes

      Picture-perfect white chocolate curls make any cupcake look cute. Use a vegetable peeler to shave curls off the smooth candy, then add glitz and glam by sprinkling on edible glitter.

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      Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

      You'll love this cheerful pick! Made with real orange juice, then finished off with fluffy cream frosting, these cupcakes are as cute as a freezer pop on a stick.

    • Cake Decorating Two Ways: Pick Candy or Fruit!
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      How to Decorate a Cake with Candy or Fruit

      Imagine a spring cake topped with pretty candy flowers. A bakery-worthy dessert is completely doable -- here's how!

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      Lemony Glazed Shortbread Cupcakes

      Pucker up and get ready for a whole lot of lemon. A touch of zest gives these everyday shortbread cupcakes extra zip, while our four-ingredient vanilla-lemon glaze livens them up even more.

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      Neapolitan Cupcakes

      Create your own soda-shop twist on the classic Neapolitan treat. Our playful cupcakes feature all the layers: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cake topped with a scoop of chilly ice cream frosting. Don't be afraid to go heavy on the sprinkles.

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      Orange Chiffon Cake with Marshmallow Flowers

      Fresh, fun, and blooming with sugar-coated marshmallow flowers, this cake has spring written all over it. It is surprisingly easy to decorate, and its honey-infused frosting and zesty-orange interior make it a uniquely delicious treat.

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      Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes

      These adorable cupcakes are love at first sight. Serve your guests these fruity cakes with rich, almond-infused frosting, and they'll be begging pretty please (with a cherry on top!) for seconds.

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      Easy Confetti Celebration Cupcakes

      All you need to make these life-of-the-party goodies are 12 cupcakes, some canned frosting, food coloring, and a bottle of fun confetti sprinkles.

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      Buttercakes with Sour Cream Frosting

      Sugar flowers make a sweet statement atop these light and buttery cakes. You can find sugar flowers among the baking ingredients at the grocery store or at a baking-supply store.

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      Fresh Rosemary and Lemon Cupcakes

      Tote along a pretty plate of lemon cupcakes to your next potluck for a refreshing treat to welcome spring. Friends and family alike will adore the sweet peppiness of fresh lemon peel and soft vanilla.

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      Raspberry Wine Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

      Rethink classic champagne cake with sweet sparkling rose wine. Blogger Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes transforms basic cake mix into a showstopping dessert.

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      Olive Oil-Basil Cornmeal Cake with Strawberry Sauce

      For a savory twist on an any-day dessert, try this olive-basil cornmeal cake. Dress it up in our dazzling strawberry sauce, made with juicy berries, sugar, and a splash of white balsamic vinegar.

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      Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes

      In-season zucchini makes all the difference when it comes to our scrumptious, chocolate-loaded cupcakes. The zucchini lends extra-moist texture, while smooth peanut butter icing deliciously tops off this surprisingly healthy treat.

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      Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes

      Cloudlike drifts of meringue lend light, lovely flavor to our mini lemon-pie cakes. Sprinkle on a little powdered sugar for extra beauty.

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      Carrot Cake Cupcakes

      Bake a batch of mini carrot cakes using shredded carrots, applesauce, and a pinch of cinnamon. With the help of flaxseed and whole wheat flour, you can indulge for less than 200 calories per cupcake.

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      Island Bananas Foster Cupcakes

      Coconut and bananas go hand in hand to create this cupcake version of a grown-up dessert. Be sure to carefully ignite the rum to impart the classic flavor of bananas foster.

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      Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

      Get the party started with these raspberry-lemonade cupcakes. A splash of raspberry liqueur will make these lively lemon cakes the highlight of your next get-together. Add an elegant finishing touch with a small lemon slice and a fresh raspberry.

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      Our Best Cupcake Recipes

      We love cupcakes, and these are our best recipes yet! Perfect for sharing with friends and family, these delicious cupcake recipes -- including vanilla, chocolate, luscious red velvet, and salted caramel -- will get rave reviews. Bonus: Homemade cupcake frosting recipes are included, too!
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