Our Favorite Showstopping Cupcakes
- Recipe: Pecan Pie Cupcakes
- Recipe: Caramel Apple Cupcakes
- Recipe: Maple Bacon Cupcakes
This cupcake version of a chocolate-key lime pie is an ideal pick-up dessert for entertaining. Make a crumb crust with chocolate wafers and top with a sweet cream cheese mixture with fresh key lime juice. Try cupcake pies with sweetened whipped cream, fresh cherries, blackberries, and mint leaves.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Key Lime Cupcake Pies
Double Shot Latte Buttercream dresses up this vanilla cupcake with its creamy coffee flavor. To create a full-out coffee shop delicacy, sprinkle the icing with instant espresso and ground cinnamon and top it off with a chocolate-covered coffee bean.
- Recipe: Cappuccino Cupcakes
Kids (and kids at heart) will love these simple-to-prepare lemon cupcakes. Decorate them with colorful candies, sugars, and sprinkles to add to their spring-like flair.
- Recipe: Lemonade Cupcakes
Dress up classic cupcakes by adding chopped pieces of homemade white chocolate-peppermint bark. The combination of chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint is always a crowd pleaser.
These cupcakes may well be the ultimate in cupcake decadence with cream cheese and butter in the cake batter, a chocolate toppping, and then a caramel-cream cheese frosting with flaked salt. You'll see that salt really does bring out the flavor of the sweet.
Espresso-infused buttercream combines forces with dark chocolate cake for a perfect coffee-chocolate flavor. Garnish with chocolate shavings for a top-to-bottom chocolate experience in each bite.
- Recipe: Mocha Latte Cupcakes
Keep this family favorite around for the holiday season. Mashed sweet potatoes give the cupcakes extra moistness, while a myriad of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg, spice up the traditionally sweet dessert. A simple Cream Cheese Frosting and a sprinkle of chopped pecans is all that's needed on top.
Here's a cupcake version of the classic Southern chocolate sheetcake that's filled with marshmellows and chopped pecans and topped with a rich chocolate frosting.
- Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
Make birds' nests with malted milk balls and edible paper; wilton.com
Angel food cake mix is easy to prepare for these cupcakes and leaves plenty of time to make the Vanilla Bean Custard filling from scratch (the delicate flavor is well worth the little bit of effort!). The cake and custard are the perfect complement to juicy summer strawberries. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
- Recipe: First Kiss Cupcakes
These beautiful treats start out with a pound cake mix, so they are a snap to prepare! For a cheerful, bakery-like touch, garnish the cakes with fresh mint leaves and edible violas.
This basic cake batter makes a tasty vanilla cupcake or can serve as the base for citrus, caramel, and mocha latte cupcake flavors. We like these cupcakes spread with rich Vanilla Buttercream on top. Serve them in decorative liners, such as these colorful fluted flower cups from bakeitpretty.com.
Old-Fashioned Caramel is a cupcake that can't be rushed. It's a true labor of love. The caramel has to cool for a while before you can make the frosting, and then you need to use the frosting right away. If the frosting gets too thick to spread, add just a little cream or milk to make it spreadable. But rest assured—It is definitely worth the effort.
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Caramel Cupcakes
Dress up basic white cupcakes with a Coconut Buttercream and sweetened flaked coconut. So simple, but so delicious too!
- Recipe: Coconut Cupcakes