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cupcake recipes

Cupcakes may conjure visions of pointed hats and party balloons, but there's no reason to save these little beauties for birthdays or the under 10 crowd. Our collection of homemade cupcakes (and frostings!) mix it up with some grown-up flavors so you'll be inspired to pull out your prettiest cupcake liners and start baking.


Almost-Instant Yellow Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Frosting

Perfect for last-minute desserts yet still from-scratch delicious, these cupcakes can be whipped up in the time it takes the oven to heat.

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Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

These cupcakes from Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Bakery are just what everyone wants in a chocolate cupcake—chocolaty, moist, and light.

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Ginger Cupcakes with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Proof that good things come in bite-sized packages, the ginger and lemon in these not-too-sweet cupcakes make them the perfect cocktail party treat. 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Unlike many red velvet cake recipes, this cupcake is about much more than the bold color: it’s packed with flavor. Raspberry vinegar gives the cake a slight tang and dehydrated berries add a fruity kick.

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Toasted Coconut Snowball Cupcakes

These coconut cupcakes and their frosting get their full-on coconut flavor from coconut milk that’s reduced to intensify its flavor.

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Caramel Cupcakes with Butterscotch Frosting

The burnt-sugar flavor of caramel of these cupcakes pairs so well with mellow notes of the frosting. Top them with toasted chopped pecans (or pecan halves) to balance the sweetness.

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Mocha Chip Cupcakes

As one reviewer put it, “These cupcakes rock!” Espresso deepens the chocolate flavor and adds a sophisticated note to a decidedly grown-up treat.

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

These dark, rich cupcakes topped with creamy, peanut buttery frosting will wow kids and grown-ups alike. The Italian meringue-based buttercream is soft and fluffy but holds up like a dream.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemony Cream Cheese Frosting

These cupcakes are moist, studded with nuts, fragrant with nutmeg and cinnamon, and topped with a velvety cream cheese frosting.

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Guinness-Gingerbread Cupcakes

David Lebovitz’s cupcakes are an intriguing combination of gingerbread and rich, malty stout. Topped with a bright-tasting lime frosting to complement the spicy cake, these cupcakes make a perfect grown-up treat.

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet potatoes lend moisture and complexity to these tender, lightly spiced, and utterly addictive cupcakes. A tangy maple-syrup-infused frosting serves as both the topping and filling.

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Vanilla Bean–Mayonnaise Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Ian Knauer uses his grandmother's recipe for glossy chocolate icing in these cupcakes which feature a "surprise" ingredient. 

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