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 bag with a petal tip.

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    Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

    This rich chocolate cake is the perfect welcome to spring! Frost this gorgeous cake with fresh strawberry buttercream made with egg whites, butter, and bright spring strawberries.

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    Fun Flower Cupcakes

    These pretty flower cupcakes are party-ready in less than an hour. For a touch of added fun, make marzipan bees for a cute cupcake garnish.

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    Pink Lemonade Cake

    This stunning cake recipe turns one of our favorite spring drinks into a delicious lemon-filled dessert. Topped with lemonade buttercream frosting, this pretty cake is full of spring flavor.

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    Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries

    Upgrade store-bought cake mix by replacing water with champagne! Frost with pink icing and top with fresh strawberries for a perfect spring treat.

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    Lemon-Poppy Seed Cupcakes

    These yummy cupcakes are flavored with poppy seeds and lemon extract, then covered in a mouthwatering lemon glaze. For a cute garnish, top these cupcakes with a lemon peel twist.

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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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    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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    Sprinkle-Me-Happy Cake

    Inspire some "ooh la las" with this stunning 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.

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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.

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    Coconut Milk Cake

    This creamy coconut cake is filled with layers of coconut filling and topped with creme fraiche frosting. Be sure to use coconut milk in the cake batter for extra sweet flavor.

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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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    Six Layers of Strawberry Deliciousness

    There are 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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    Bird's Nest Cupcakes

    Celebrate spring and the joyful chirping birds chirping 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 super sweet cake is as refreshing as a glass of lemonade. Garnish with sugar-coated lemon slices for a pop of spring color.

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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 cake 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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    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 prebaked cupcakes. Don't forget the teeny-tiny marshmallow clouds!

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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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    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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    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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    Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes

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

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    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 adorable decorated cupcakes fill the bill. Grab some marshmallows, shredded coconut, and Tootsie Rolls, and read on!

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    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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    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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    The best part about cake pops, or "cake on a stick," is the ability to customize them any way you want. Whether you want red velvet cake pops, white cake pops, or chocolate cake pops, all it takes is a crumbled cake and frosting to do the trick. Cake pops are the perfect bite-size dessert for weddings, birthdays, and holiday parties.
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