From dainty selections to oversize concoctions, cupcakes are crowd-pleasing desserts. Look here for creative ideas to make the perfect cupcake for any occasion and think outside the cake-mix box. Vanilla cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes are especially versatile; our recipes offer flavor inspiration for new twists on these old standbys. Once you've mastered the basics, try something more special, such as filled cupcakes and fancifully decorated cupcakes for Halloween, Christmas, and baby or wedding showers. You'll discover how to turn your ordinary cupcakes into something extraordinary with how-tos on decorating with piped frosting and custom-crafting-inspired birthday cupcakes for the guest of honor. Once you've mastered cupcakes, it's time to tackle homemade frostings, such as our homemade butter version that's delicious spread over cupcakes and cakes alike. If you already have a favorite cake recipe, it can be easily altered for cupcakes; just follow our four-step process.

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Putting together a gorgeous wedding centerpiece is as easy as making cupcakes! We'll show you how to make this stunning edible cupcake bouquet complete with piping how-tos and decorating ideas. All it takes is a few simple steps.
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A birthday party wouldn't be complete without birthday hats and cake -- and now you can combine the two! These colorful cone-shape cakes are perfect for celebrating any birthday or special occasion. Decorate them with your favorite candies in fun graphic patterns, and don't forget to add a licorice string as a finishing touch! If you want to customize the flavor, substitute another variety of cake batter or crusting buttercream frosting.
Garden-Theme Cupcakes
Why not welcome spring by baking a sweet little garden of your own! You can create the adorable little fondant vegetables in just a few easy steps, then "plant" them into cookie crumb-coated chocolate icing to give a real garden effect! Both kids and adults will enjoy these tiny little vegetables in their sweet icing patch.

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Cake just isn't cake without the frosting! And it doesn't get much easier or tastier than a sweet, rich buttercream frosting. Buttercream frostings are traditionally composed of butter, powdered sugar, a flavor, and sometimes a little milk or cream. Don't let the simplicity fool you, though! Buttercreams are the star of the cake, and the flavor possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Try these eight buttercream recipes to find out just how delicious buttercream frosting can be.
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What better way to welcome spring than with these bird nest cupcakes. They're not only adorable, they're delicious, too!