Creative Birthday Cupcakes

These inspired cupcake ideas will make your birthday celebration even sweeter.


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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.

Makes: 30 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
2/21
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.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   15 mins  350°F 
Cool  1 hr 
3/21
Butterfly Garden Cupcakes

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

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Start to Finish  1 hr 30 mins 
4/21
Monogram Cupcakes

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

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Start to Finish  1 hr 30 mins 
5/21
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.

Serving size: About 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Bake  350°F according to package
6/21
Cranberry Chai Cupcakes

    Tart cranberries complement the spicy flavors of chai in these beautifully decorated cupcakes.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
7/21
Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

    Don't be fooled by the cute pink frosting. These sweet-sour cupcakes have a shot of raspberry liqueur in the batter and in the frosting.

Makes: 18 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
8/21
Black and White Bows

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

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Start to Finish  1 hr 30 mins 
9/21
Buttercake Sundaes

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

Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   15 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
10/21
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.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Start to Finish  2 hrs 
11/21
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.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Start to Finish  1 hr 30 mins 
12/21
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.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  17 mins  350°F 
13/21
Wild Animal Cupcakes

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

Makes: 12 servings
Start to Finish  1 hr 
14/21
Banana Split Cupcakes

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

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   18 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
15/21
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.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: Makes 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Bake   18 mins 
16/21
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.

Makes: 27 servings
Serving size: 27 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   18 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
Cool   45 mins 
17/21
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.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Start to Finish   50 mins 
18/21
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.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 2 triangle cakes and 12 cupcakes
Prep  1 hr 
Bake   25 mins  to  30 mins  350°F 
Cool  1 hr 
19/21
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.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Start to Finish   45 mins 
20/21
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.

Makes: 12 servings
Start to Finish  1 hr 
21/21
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