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.

When to Use Pure Vanilla Extract or Imitation Vanilla in Desserts

Imitation vanilla is a little more budget friendly than pure extract, but using it can affect the taste of your homemade desserts. We'll let you know what kinds of desserts can be made with imitation vanilla without affecting the taste.
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How to Make Buttercream Frosting

Looking for a luscious buttercream frosting recipe? Look no further! We'll show you how to make vanilla buttercream frosting from scratch. We’ll also share our favorite flavor variations, including an irresistible chocolate buttercream frosting. Our master recipe for this crowd-pleasing homemade frosting adds flavor, richness, and a fancy finish to cakes and cupcakes. Once you know how to make buttercream icing, try our other luscious frosting recipes, too.
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Stunning Cupcake Wedding Bouquet

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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Spring Cakes and Cupcakes

Say hello to spring with these adorable dessert recipes. We've chosen our cutest cake and cupcake recipes for you to try, including cake recipes with ruffles, flowers, sprinkles, and more. Browse our sweetest collection yet.
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Birthday Party Hat Cakes

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.
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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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More Cupcakes

How to Convert a Cake Recipe into a Recipe for Cupcakes

If there's a cake recipe you're dying to try as cupcakes, fear not—you don't need a cupcake recipe to make cupcakes. With the help of our baking experts, we came up with just two changes for you to make to turn a cake recipe into a cupcake recipe.
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Our Best Cupcake Recipes

We love cupcakes, and these are our best recipes yet! Perfect for sharing with friends and family, these delicious cupcake recipes -- including vanilla, chocolate, luscious red velvet, and salted caramel -- will get rave reviews. Bonus: Homemade cupcake frosting recipes are included, too!
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Buttercream: A Love Story

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.