Our Best Cupcake Recipes

Delight family and friends with these classic cupcakes featuring creative twists. Whichever recipe you choose, get ready for rave reviews.


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Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes

    We've paired moist vanilla cake with the irresistible flavors of cherry and almond for a splurgeworthy dessert.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
2/29
Root Beer Float Cupcakes

    Vanilla cupcakes laced with root beer extract and topped with a vanilla ice cream frosting reinterpret a soda shop favorite.

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 
3/29
Lemon Drop Cupcakes

    Lemon zest, lemon liqueur, and crushed lemon drop candies add a citrus twist to these elegant cupcakes. Glazed lemon slices make a pretty finishing touch.

Makes: 20 servings
Serving size: 20 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
4/29
Island Bananas Foster Cupcakes

    An irresistible topping of bananas, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon makes these coconut cupcakes even more delicious.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
5/29
Salted Caramel-Chocolate Bourbon Cupcakes

    A four-ingredient fudge frosting makes these salty-sweet cupcakes even more decadent.

Makes: 32 servings
Serving size: 32 to 34 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   50 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   18 mins  325°F 
6/29
Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes

    Cloudlike meringue topping makes these mini cakes taste like classic lemon meringue pie.

Makes: 15 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   22 mins  350°F 
7/29
Mochaccino Cupcakes

    Coffee buttercream makes a luscious topper for these cinnamon-spiced chocolaty cupcakes.

Makes: 30 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
8/29
Boston Cream Pies

    Layers of sweet vanilla cream and rich chocolate ganache put a spectacular spin on plain vanilla cupcakes.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  3 hrs  to 25 hrs 
9/29
Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

    Top each chocolate cupcake with a "scoop" of vanilla frosting, hot fudge sauce, chopped nuts, and a pretty maraschino cherry.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   16 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
Cool   45 mins 
10/29
Black-and-White Irish Cream Cupcakes

    Chocolate ganache laced with Irish Cream liqueur tops swirls of chocolate and vanilla cake.

Makes: 28 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Stand  1 hr 30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
11/29
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Twist Cupcakes

    Two classic favorites -- chocolate and peanut butter -- come together in tender cake, creamy frosting, and a rich candy topper.

Makes: 34 servings
Serving size: 34 to 36 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  375°F 
12/29
Hazelnut Creme Brulee Cupcakes

    These elegant Hazelnut liqueur-laced confections are topped with buttercream frosting and caramelized sugar.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
13/29
Marbled Almond Cupcakes

    No need to choose between chocolate and vanilla -- this confection includes both kinds of cake and frosting. Amaretto adds rich almond flavor.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
14/29
Grasshopper Cupcakes

    Fluffy creme de menthe-spiked frosting and a chocolaty kiss top this scrumptious chocolate-mint cupcake.

Makes: 28 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
15/29
Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

    Just as delicious as the breakfast favorite (but much easier to make), these cupcakes have a sweet filling of brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans.

Makes: 26 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   18 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
16/29
Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes

    The sweet-tart addition of fluffy cream cheese-raspberry frosting makes luscious rich red velvet cake even more irresistible.

Makes: 26 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
17/29
Triple-Chocolate Cupcakes

    Chocolate lovers will adore these chocolate liqueur-laced cupcakes topped with billows of dark chocolate butter frosting.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
18/29
Banana Split Cupcakes

    Banana-flavor cupcakes are topped with ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry for a remake of a classic dessert.

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 
19/29
Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

    Raspberry frosting paired with luscious lemon cake makes a refreshing dessert.

Makes: 18 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
20/29
Sticky Pecan Upside-Down Baby Cakes

    Brown sugar, honey, and pecans create a decadent sauce for these moist mini cakes. Garnish with shredded orange peel for a colorful touch.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to  30 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
21/29
Sweet Potato Cupcakes

    Shredded orange peel makes a gorgeous garnish for cinnamon-spiced cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting.

Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
22/29
Blueberry Muffin Cupcakes

    A drizzling of vanilla frosting sweetens cupcakes filled with fresh blueberries and topped with buttery streusel.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
23/29
Simple White Cupcakes with Creamy Frosting

    Buttermilk makes these classic vanilla cupcakes extra moist.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 cupcakes
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   18 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
24/29
Plain Jane Lets Loose Cupcakes

    With a fluffy chocolate liqueur-laced frosting, there's nothing plain about this irresistible cupcake recipe.

Serving size: 18 cupcakes
Prep   15 mins 
Bake   20 mins  325°F 
Cool   30 mins 
25/29
Cream Soda Toffee Cupcakes

    Featuring old-fashioned cream soda, a browned butter icing, and a crunchy toffee topping, these cupcakes are hard to resist.

Makes: 18 servings
Serving size: 18 cupcakes
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
26/29
Chocolate Cupcakes with a Kick

    Chipotle adds a subtle kick to these luscious cupcakes, while coffee crystals enhance their chocolaty goodness.

Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
27/29
Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    These moist cupcakes feature all the luscious goodness of carrot cake with a rich and creamy cheesecake frosting. Grated carrots make a gorgeous topping.

    Recipe developed by Ina Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa). Copyright 2001, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Clarkson/Potter Publications, all rights reserved.

Makes: 22 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   10 mins  400°F 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
28/29
German Chocolate Cupcakes

    Rich cupcakes are topped with creamy chocolate-pecan ice cream, caramel sauce, and toasted coconut.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Freeze  4 hrs or overnight
29/29
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