Memorial Day Cupcake Ideas

Banana Split Cupcakes
We've rounded up our best Memorial Day dessert ideas that are perfect for an outdoor grill-out. Make a batch of patriotic cupcakes, or go with a fun summer theme. No matter which recipe you pick, guests will be raving about your cupcakes until next year!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Whip up a patriotic treat that tastes delicious. Bake white chocolate raspberry cupcakes in blue wrappers and top with a red raspberry drizzle for a perfect Memorial Day dessert. We love the paper flag toppers used here, too! 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

We love this fun take on the classic Root Beer float. These cupcakes are made with acutal Root Beer and topped with a vanilla ice cream frosting—perfect for a Memorial Day barbecue!

Sparkler Cupcakes

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. Melt the candy coating and add to 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. 

Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

What's better than an orange cream pop on a summer day? These delicious orange cream pop cupcakes are the perfect outdoor treat, with none of the mess! Make and frost the cupcakes ahead of time, and bring wood pop sticks to add at the last minute for easy transport to a Memorial Day grill-out. 

Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes

With cherry juice in the cake batter as well as the frosting, these yummy cupcakes have just the right amount of tangy cherry flavor. Top with Cherry-Almond Butter Frosting and a bright Maraschino cherry for a delicious Memorial Day dessert that's perfect for an outdoor gathering.

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

Turn a classic summer dessert into a batch of cupcakes—perfect for backyard parties or outdoor barbecues! Bake the cupcakes in bright papers, and top with lime wedges and graham cracker crumble. Yum!

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes

If you're sticking to 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. 

Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes

Hod fudge sundaes are a summer classic, but they're not ideal for an outdoor event on a hot day. These cupcakes have all the flavors of a classic sundae, with none of the gooey, drippy mess! Top chocolate cupcakes with frosting, chocolate drizzle, chopped nuts and a maraschino cherry, or set out plain frosted cupcakes with a toppings bar. 

Beach Party Cupcakes

Nothing says summer like a pool party theme! These adorable cupcakes are perfect for a beginning-of-summer gathering. They're the perfect Memorial Day dessert idea.

Neapolitan Cupcake Cones

Bring these delicious neapolitan cupcake cones to your Memorial Day gathering in place of ice cream! They're easy to make, and we love the way they look placed in cake cones.

Easy Berry Cheesecakes

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 add frosting swirls and fresh fruit to the top of each. They're quick, easy and delicious!

Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

Serve an adults-only dessert at your Memorial Day grill-out. These boozy cupcakes are made with lemons, raspberries and a splash of raspberry liqueur. For a kid-friendly version, substitute milk for the liqueur. 

Island Bananas Foster Cupcakes

Anything with the word 'island' in it has to be perfect for summer, and these cupcakes are no exception. The cupcakes are made with coconut milk, shredded coconut and rum, and topped with a traditional bananas foster topping. Yum!

Banana Split Cupcakes

Turn a classic summer dessert into a delicious cupcake treat. The 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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