Our Best Memorial Day Cupcake Recipes

Banana Split Cupcakes
Photo: Blaine Moats

We've rounded up our best Memorial Day dessert ideas, and they're perfect for an outdoor cookout. Make a batch of patriotic cupcakes, or go with a fun summer theme. No matter which cupcake recipe you choose, your family cookout will end in a delicious bang.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with patriotic decorations
Blaine Moats

Whip up a patriotic treat that's just delicious. Bake white chocolate raspberry cupcakes in blue wrappers and top them with a drizzle of red raspberry for a perfect Memorial Day dessert. To make festive flags, wrap washi tape wrapped around white popsicle sticks.

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Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

We love this fun take on the classic root beer float. These cupcakes are made with actual soda and topped in a vanilla ice cream frosting—perfect for a family Memorial Day barbecue.

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Sparkler Cupcakes

Sparkler Cupcakes
Paul Costello

We love how colorful this Memorial Day dessert idea is. Dress up white-frosted cupcakes with red, white, and blue sparklers made from candy coating—just melt the candy coating and pour it into frosting bags, then pipe swirl designs onto waxed paper. When the shapes are dry, gently remove them from the waxed paper and place them directly into the cupcake frosting.

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Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

Orange Cream-Pop Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

What's better than an ice pop on a summer day? These delicious orange cream pop cupcakes are the perfect outdoor treat, with none of the mess.

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Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes

Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

With cherry juice in the cake batter as well as in the frosting, these cupcakes have just the right amount of tangy fruit flavor. Top with a rich buttercream frosting and a bright Maraschino cherry for a delicious Memorial Day dessert.

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Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes
Matthew Clark

Turn a classic summer dessert into a batch of cupcakes. Bake these key lime cupcakes in bright papers, and top them with lime wedges and graham cracker crumble.

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Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes
Scott Little

If you're aiming at a patriotic color scheme for your Memorial Day desserts, these are the cupcakes for you. Bake red velvet cupcakes in blue papers, and top with raspberry cream cheese frosting.

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Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

These cupcakes have all the flavor of a classic sundae, with none of the gooey, drippy mess. Top chocolate cupcakes with frosting, chocolate drizzle, chopped nuts, and a maraschino cherry.

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Neapolitan Cupcake Cones

Neapolitan Cupcake Cones
Kritsada Panichgul

Enjoy these delicious Neapolitan cupcake cones in place of ice cream. They're easy to make, and we love the way they look placed in cake cones. Finish them off with plenty of sprinkles and a cherry on top.

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Easy Berry Cheesecakes

Berry Cheesecake cupcakes
Blaine Moats

This easy red, white, and blue dessert will quickly become one of your favorite summer recipes. Use a pastry bag to squeeze cream cheese frosting into each cupcake, then top with frosting swirls and fresh fruit. They're quick, easy, and delicious.

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Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

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Courtesy of Laura Davidson

These boozy Memorial Day cupcakes are made with lemons, raspberries, and a splash of raspberry liqueur. For a kid-friendly version, substitute milk for the liqueur.

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Island Bananas Foster Cupcakes

Island Banana Foster Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Coconut puts the island in these cupcakes, which are made with coconut milk, shredded coconut, then crowned in a traditional bananas Foster topping.

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Banana Split Cupcakes

Banana Split Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Turn a classic summer dessert into a delicious cupcake treat. These Memorial Day cupcakes are made with real bananas and topped with ice cream and sweetened whipped cream. Add a drizzle of melted chocolate and a cherry for a delicious finishing touch.

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Angel Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Angel Food Cupcakes

Try this chocolate treat frosted in a decadent hazelnut spread. Top it with spring berries to cut the richness of these fluffy cupcakes.

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Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes
Scott Little

This tangy twist on a classic pie recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Topped with lemon curd and meringue, these cakes are zesty and sweet. They'll be a bright spot at your next barbecue.

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