19 Decadent Mother's Day Cupcake Ideas Made Just for Her

Island Banana Foster Cupcakes
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul

Treat Mom to a sweet dessert she doesn't have to share! These Mother's Day cupcake ideas are the perfect way to celebrate Mom (and her sweet tooth!). Plus, get our best cupcake recipes and tips for decorating them like a pro.

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Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

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Courtesy of Laura Davidson

This Mother's Day dessert is a decidedly grown-up take on the flavors of raspberry-lemonade. Raspberry liqueur in the batter and frosting gives these pretty pink cupcakes big flavor.

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Moscow Mule Cupcakes

Moscow Mule Cupcake
Matthew Clark

These vodka-infused ginger and lime cupcakes taste just like a classic Moscow Mule—and since they're made with a store-bought white cake mix, they're so easy to whip up! This cocktail-inspired treat is the perfect end to this year's Mother's Day brunch.

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Mochaccino Cupcakes

Mochaccino Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

These mocha-infused cupcakes are the perfect treat for any mom who always has a cup of coffee in her hand. The chocolate and coffee-flavored cupcakes are topped with a coffee buttercream frosting (yum!). Add a wafer cookie on top for an extra tasty garnish.

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Neapolitan Cupcakes

Neapolitan Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Mom shouldn't have to play favorites on Mother's Day! These moist cupcakes are filled with three flavors—vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Whip them up in no time thanks to a few simple shortcuts like boxed cake mix and melted ice cream frosting.

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Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes
Scott Little

Looking for a rich chocolate Mother's Day dessert? Look no further! These indulgent cupcakes are stuffed with a tart cherry jam and topped with two creamy frostings.

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Candied Bacon-Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Candied Bacon-Sweet Potato Cupcakes
Karla Conrad

Looking for a Mother's Day dessert that's a bit savory and a lot sweet? Bring on the bacon! These cream-topped cupcakes get a splash of bourbon for even more bold flavor.

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Salted Caramel-Chocolate-Bourbon Cupcakes

Salted Caramel-Chocolate-Bourbon Cupcakes
Scott Little

A pool of homemade salted caramel is the star of these chocolate cupcakes. Finish each Mother's Day cupcake recipe with a sprinkle of sea salt such as fleur de sel finishing salt.

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Mocha-Filled Banana Cupcakes

Mocha-Filled Banana Cupcakes
Scott Little

A mocha cream cheese filling takes these mini cupcakes to a whole new level. Bake up a big batch and top them with a dreamy banana butter frosting. Mom is sure to love them.

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Lemon-Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Lemon-Poppyseed Cupcakes
Jason Donnelly

Give Mom's favorite muffin a sweet makeover. A quick lemon glaze takes this easy cupcake recipe from Mother's Day brunch to dessert.

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Fresh Rosemary & Lemon Cupcakes

Fresh Rosemary & Lemon Cupcakes

We're all about dessert for breakfast, and these sweet lemon cupcakes are just savory enough to fit in perfectly with a Mother's Day breakfast or brunch menu. Made with fresh rosemary and topped with a deliciously tart lemon glaze, this sweet and savory treat is truly the best of both worlds.

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Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes
Matthew Clark

Can't decide on a Mother's Day dessert? Make two in one! These colorful cupcakes are filled with everything Mom loves about key lime pie but are perfectly portioned for one. Serve them after Mother's Day dinner for a sweet treat.

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Lavender-Honey Cupcakes

Lavender-Honey Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

A sprinkle of dried lavender is the perfect finish to these golden honey cupcakes. Play up the flavors with a decadent mascarpone cheese and honey frosting.

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Lemon Drop Cupcakes

Flower Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Perfectly suited for any kind of Mother's Day party, these lemon drop cupcakes are sure to be a hit. Made with limoncello, shredded lemon peel, and topped with a glazed lemon slice, these tart treats may just be Mom's new favorite dessert.

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Island Bananas Foster Cupcakes

Island Banana Foster Cupcakes
Kritsada Panichgul

Treat Mom to a tropical escape right at home. A sweet banana and rum topping is the best part of these island-inspired cupcakes. Finish the boozy cakes with a swirl of fresh whipped cream.

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Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes

Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Put the cherry on top of a perfect Mother's Day! A tray of these fruity almond cupcakes is the perfect ending to Mom's special day. Use a piping bag to get to create pretty cupcake decorations for Mother's Day.

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Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes

Red Velvet Raspberry Cupcakes
Scott Little

Transform Mom's favorite cake into a batch of Mother's Day cupcakes. These chocolate and raspberry treats are topped with the most decadent cream cheese frosting.

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Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Does Mom love chocolate? Give her triple the richness with these splurge-worthy cupcakes. A shot of creme de cacao takes the dark chocolate frosting over the top.

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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
Scott Little

Perfect for Mother's Day brunch, these breakfast-inspired cupcakes are topped with a vanilla butter frosting. Add chopped pecans to the batter for plenty of crunch.

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Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Bring a bit of nostalgia to your Mother's Day lunch with these soda-shop cupcakes. They're filled with the classic flavors of a root beer float—no straw needed! A root beer-theme candy and half a paper straw take these cupcakes over the top.

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