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Creative Birthday Cupcakes

These inspired cupcake ideas will make your birthday celebration even sweeter. Whether you prefer chocolate cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, or a more sophisticated take on the popular birthday dessert, this collection includes some of our favorites.

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    • Mochaccino Cupcakes

      For the coffee lover, these birthday treats are the cupcake version of the popular mocha-coffee drink -- complete with whipped frosting and an edible cookie straw.

    • Buttercakes with Sour Cream Frosting

      Pretty sugar flowers in the birthday gal's favorite colors provide a sweetly simple topping to these super tender buttermilk cupcakes.

    • Butterfly Garden Cupcakes

      Spring and summer birthdays are a perfect time to serve sweet cupcakes decorated to look like flowers and soaring butterflies.

    • Monogram Cupcakes

      Celebrate the guest of honor with monogrammed cupcakes or deck out the cupcakes in the honoree's birth year.

    • How to Decorate a Kids' Party Cupcakes

      Start with a favorite cupcake base then check out these oh-so-easy topper ideas!

    • Fun Flower Cupcakes

      Transform plain cupcakes into a bright bouquet with silicone flower-shape baking cups (such as Wilton's Fun Cups) and mini candy-coated milk chocolate candies. Marzipan bees provide a bit of buzz.

    • Black and White Bows

      Delicate handmade vanilla and chocolate ganache bows make these cupcakes the perfect treat for an elegant birthday party.

    • Buttercake Sundaes

      For a summer birthday, bake vanilla cupcake batter in cones, then top with a scoop of strawberry ice cream and a cherry.

    • Cat and Dog Cupcakes

      Animal lovers will be thrilled to have birthday cupcakes creatively decorated with cut marshmallows, rolled Tootsie Rolls and Starbursts, and piped frosting to look like cats and dogs.

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      Beach Party Cupcakes

      Summer birthdays rule when you serve a cluster of cupcakes decorated to look like a beach scene -- complete with peanut butter cookie flip-flops and crushed vanilla wafer sand.

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      Root Beer Float Cupcakes

      Add ice cream to the frosting to make delicious root beer float cupcakes garnished with candy root beer barrels and colorful straws.

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      Wild Animal Cupcakes

      Mix and match frosting colors, cookies, candies, pretzels, and more to create a menagerie of zoo animal cupcakes.

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      Banana Split Cupcakes

      The ice cream shoppe favorite gets a cupcake twist with these over-the-top birthday treats.

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      Color Wheel Cupcakes

      Set the theme in motion with cupcakes decked out in the birthday guy or gal's favorite color palette -- from cheerful fuchsia, orange, and yellow to tranquil teal, aqua, and emerald.

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      Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

      No need to wait for the ice cream truck to drive by -- just serve party guests these fun birthday cupcakes decorated to look like yummy frozen treats.

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      Pick-a-Sport Cupcakes

      The secret to these creative cupcakes? Decorate frosted doughnut holes to make miniature soccer balls, basketballs, or baseballs -- depending on the birthday guy or gal's favorite sport.

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      We-All-Scream-for-Ice-Cream Cupcakes

      With some creative cutting, a square cake becomes a triangular ice cream cone and whimsically topped cupcakes become scoops of ice cream with embellishments such as strawberry preserves, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and maraschino cherries.

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      Mini Monster Cupcakes

      These silly cupcakes -- made with frosting, gumdrops, and fruit leather -- are perfect for birthdays near Halloween, or for anyone who gets a kick out of cute monsters.

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      Easy Confetti Celebration Cupcakes

      All you need for these celebratory sweets are baked cupcakes (purchased or homemade), canned frosting, food coloring, and a bottle of confetti sprinkles.

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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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