32 Classic and Indulgent Cupcake Recipes
Some of our all-time favorite recipes are for sweet, indulgent cupcakes. A cupcake is a treat that is sure to put a smile on your face. Our best cupcake recipes can turn a dreary day around in no time at all. All you need are the ingredients, a stack of cupcake wrappers, and a bit of creamy frosting to sweeten up your day or brighten someone else’s. We recommend whipping up a big batch of these indulgent cupcakes—choose your favorite from a fantastic list of gourmet cupcake recipes including delicious flavors like lemon-sherbert cupcakes, coconut cupcakes, caramel cupcakes, and so many more. Spread the joy by baking an extra batch and giving them to a friend or neighbor. It’s a great way to spread some cheer and put some sweetness into the world. These indulgent cupcake recipes have creative, inspired cupcake-icing pairings. You’ll love the fan-favorite cookies and cream cupcakes, banana pudding cupcakes, coconut-pecan cupcakes, and caramel apple cupcakes. The sky’s the limit with these delectable, indulgent treats.
Classic and Indulgent Cupcake Recipes
Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting
Cherry-flavored soda gives this colorful cupcake recipe a uniquely fruity taste that’s sure to be a hit.
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe: Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
Double the chocolate means double the flavor. These classic cupcakes combine everything we love about a traditional, rich dessert. But the jumbo baking cups push them into over-the-top territory.
Recipe: Lane Cupcakes
If you’re a fan of the beloved dessert that bears the same name, Lane Cupcakes are the easy alternative. Made with a splash of bourbon and indulgent white frosting, these treats deserve a spot on the table.
Candy Corn Cupcakes
Recipe: Candy Corn Cupcakes
Looking for the perfect confection for the ultimate Halloween bash? Candy Corn Cupcakes fit the bill. Simplicity is key in this festive dessert.
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Trade in your latte for a Pumpkin Spice Cupcake this fall season. Similar to a pumpkin muffin, cake flour makes these delicious treats incredibly moist.
Fourth of July Cupcakes
Recipe: Fourth of July Cupcakes
Don’t celebrate Independence Day without these red, white, and blue delicacies on the table. Made with fresh blueberries, Fourth of July Cupcakes are just as tasty as they are easy to make.
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Recipe: Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a surefire Southern classic. With this recipe you can enjoy the cherished dessert in bite-size portions.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes
End the Resurrection Day meal with a decadent dessert like these Carrot Cake Cupcakes. Adorned with adorable Easter-egg-shaped milk balls, they’re an ideal celebratory treat.
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
We’re not denying strawberries are delicious all on their own, but this scrumptious cupcake recipe takes the popular fruit to the next level.
Rose Petal Cupcakes
Recipe: Rose Petal Cupcakes
Perfect for a bridal party or baby shower, these elegant treats are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.
Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
Hummingbird Cupcakes are the easy alternative to our favorite Southern layer cake. Garnished with candied pineapple wedges, this dessert has it all.
Recipe: Strawberry-Blueberry Cupcakes
Fruit lovers, rejoice! This sinfully sweet cupcake recipe puts strawberries and blueberries front and center.
Mint Julep Cupcakes
Recipe: Mint Julep Cupcakes
Hoping to take your Derby party up a notch this year? Mint Julep Cupcakes will do just that. Ingredients like bourbon and peppermint extract make this light green delight something to talk about.
Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
Expecting a few gluten-free dinner party guests? These flourless chocolate cupcakes are embellished with caramel and toasted pecans for a delicious, final touch.
Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream
You can never go wrong with a classic banana and peanut butter flavor combination, and the chocolate drizzle on this indulgent cupcake recipe makes it a surefire winner.
Red, White, and Blueberry-Filled Cupcakes
Bursting with blueberry filling and topped with rich cream cheese icing, these cheerful cupcakes are sure to make your taste buds soar.
Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
This cupcake recipe has the power to transport you to a sunny summer day in the dead of winter. Complete with mouthwatering ingredients like pineapple filling, coconut, and buttermilk-cream cheese frosting, it’ll be your new go-to dessert.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
These citrus treats are too good to keep to yourself. Make an extra batch and bring to a friend for the sweetest surprise.
Old-Fashioned Caramel Cupcakes
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Caramel Cupcakes
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.
Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Recipe: Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Cookies and Cream Cupcakes are irresistable! The creamy vanilla frosting is jam-packed with crushed cookies. A tall glass of milk is all you need to complete this luscious treat.
Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes
Recipe: Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes
Velvety chocolate cake is topped with a to-die-for Browned Butter-Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting and pretty chocolate curls for an irresistible bite.
Bite-Size Sour Cream-Pound Cake Cupcakes
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.
Banana Pudding Cupcakes
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cupcakes
Dreamcakes can never make enough of our Banana Pudding cupcakes. They are the ultimate comfort food. The creamy Fresh Banana Curd is a treat all its own, but pair it with our Banana Cake and whipped cream, and you'll come running back for more.
First Kiss Cupcakes
Recipe: First Kiss Cupcakes
As sweet as love's first kiss, our chocolate and cherry cupcake is special. One bite and you'll fall in love, all with a cherry on top!
Recipe: Coconut-Pecan Cupcakes
The classic coconut and pecan flavor combo gets and added indulgence with Creamy Caramel Frosting, making this the perfect after dinner treat.
Pecan Pie Cupcakes
Recipe: Pecan Pie Cupcakes
Pecan pie is the quintessential dessert of fall. Crunchy toasted pecans and buttery Piecrust Leaves enhance the rich, creamy frosting for a cupcake you'll make again and again.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Recipe: Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Apple and caramel are simple ingredients, but when combined they form a delectable treat. Top off these cupcakes with toasted pecans to create a traditional fall favorite. We love to add the tiny crab apples as a garnish for extra-special occasions.
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Recipe: Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Bite into these cupcakes and you'll taste the flavor you get when bacon mingles with syrup while eating pancakes. It's a wonderful salty-sweet combination you won't want to miss.
Lemon Curd-Filled Angel Food Cupcakes
These citrus-flavored cupcakes are filled with a light and creamy Lemon Curd Filling and topped with Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish with lemon slices and lavender sprigs.
Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
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.
Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cupcakes
Here's a cupcake version of the classic Southern chocolate sheet cake that's filled with marshmallows and chopped pecans and topped with a rich chocolate frosting.
Vanilla-Stuffed Strawberry Cupcakes
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.