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18 Easy Cupcake Recipes To Keep The Kid In You Happy!

Cupcakes aren’t just for kids—they can be sophisticated, indulgent, nutritious, and celebratory as well. Whether you’re looking for gluten-free, vegan, or festive options for the holidays, our collection of recipes has something to satisfy every craving. Perfect for parties, bake sales, or just a treat for yourself, cupcakes are always a delightful choice. Treat yourself!

S’Mores Cupcakes

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Classic s’mores ingredients brought together in a cupcake. Moist chocolate cake batter baked right on top of a graham cracker crust form the base of these cupcakes, which are then topped with creamy marshmallow fluff (toasted with a torch), more graham crackers and chunks of chocolate. Get the recipe for S’Mores Cupcakes.

Mini Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

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Chocolate cake with a swirl of rich dark chocolate ganache – in mini cupcake form. Portion control! Get the recipe forMini Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes. 

Teeny Tiny Coconut Cupcakes

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Sometimes the best treats come in tiny packages, like these Coconut Cupcakes. This recipe uses two forms of dried and shredded coconut: sweetened for sweetness and a fabulous chewy texture and unsweetened to boost the coconut flavor without added sugar. Sour cream in the batter makes a rich cupcake. Get the recipe for Teeny Tiny Coconut Cupcakes.

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

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White cake with a filling of pastry cream and a dark chocolate glaze – just like full-size Boston Cream Pie, which is a cake! Get the recipe for Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

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This is the recipe to make for bake sales and parties. Everyone loves a moist chocolate cupcake with creamy vanilla frosting. Get the recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting.

Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes

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These chocolate cupcakes sport a chocolate glaze with a white chocolate “web”. They are easier to make than they look – and people will be amazed. Get the recipe for Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes.

Dominican Bizcocho Cupcakes

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These cupcakes are made with the same batter from our bizcocho dominicano, our beloved Dominican cake recipe. Now you can also serve them in beautiful, easier-to-make cupcakes but with the same delicate flavor and heavenly texture, we all know and love so much. Get the recipe for these cupcakes.

Vegan Nutella Cupcakes

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Vegan Nutella Cupcakes! These vegan cupcakes are SO delicious, no one knows they’re vegan! Chocolate hazelnut cakes with chocolate frosting. Get the recipe for these cupcakes.

Chocolate Almond Flour Cupcakes

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If you are looking for a sweet treat but you are avoiding refined sugar, these Chocolate Almond Flour Cupcakes are for you. They are super-rich, dense, and chocolatey and mildly sweet from the coconut sugar. {gluten free, grain-free, paleo, refined sugar free}. Get the recipe for these cupcakes.

Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Quick Cream Cheese Frosting

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I love carrot cake, and I love spices, and I combined them into these easy-to-make carrot cake cupcakes. Enjoy these single-serving carrot cakes with fantastic flavor, soft, moist crumbs, moist texture, and smooth cream cheese frosting with a secret or two of its own. Get the recipe for these cupcakes.

Lemon Stuffed Cupcakes

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These luscious lemon stuffed cupcakes are perfect for the springtime or for Easter. They are a feast for the senses with their bright sunny yellow filling, moist and deliciously fluffy cupcake bases and lemon cream cheese frosting on top. If you like lemon meringue pie, the lemon curd filling in these lemon cupcakes is also sure to appeal to your palate. These homemade lemon zest cupcakes are so delicious and well worth whipping up! Get the recipe.

Mini Cone Cupcakes

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Ice cream cone cupcakes don’t get much more colorful than these beauties, with their bright frosting and rainbow sprinkles. They’re fun to make and you can get as creative in the kitchen as you like. Unlike soft serve ice cream which melts if you don’t eat it immediately, these mini cone cupcakes keep for days, so you’ll want to make plenty! Get the recipe.

Gluten-Free Funfetti Cupcakes

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These homemade Gluten-Free Funfetti Cupcakes are so easy to make! This from-scratch recipe is vegan, allergy-free, and healthier than the boxed mix! A simple vanilla and sprinkle-filled cake topped with the best dairy-free buttercream frosting and extra sprinkles! The best dessert for any birthday or celebration! Get the recipe.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

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These rich Triple Chocolate Cupcakes are filled with a homemade chocolate ganache and topped with silky smooth chocolate buttercream! Get the recipe.

Piña Colada Cupcakes

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The Piña Colada is the perfect summer cocktail full of coconut and pineapple flavors, and the rum of course! These tasty Piña Colada Cupcakes have all the fun flavors of this summer cocktail in a cute little package! And these are especially delicious with the Salted Caramel Rum Sauce! Get the recipe.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

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These strawberry shortcake cupcakes are a delightful dessert mashup that pairs the classic flavors of strawberry shortcakes with the portability and ease of a cupcake. Get the recipe.

Galaxy Cupcakes

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This recipe makes the most gorgeous galaxy cupcakes with a surprise inside! They’re perfect for any outer space themed party. These cupcakes feature a colourful delicious cupcake filled with outer space themed sprinkles, topped with swirls of colourful frosting and dusted with edible glitter stars. Get the recipe.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Our Red Velvet Cupcakes are super soft and have that classic chocolate taste, beautiful look, and incredibly delicious cream cheese frosting. They’re baked just right and topped with a creamy, slightly tangy frosting that makes them extra special. Get the recipe.

57 Ways To Use Strawberries That You Have Never Thought Of

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We love strawberries. We will eat them out of hand as a snack, slice into a fruit salad, dip them in chocolate (of course), and every year we make strawberry shortcake, but this berry is so versatile, for both sweet and savory dishes. Click to read: 57 Ways To Use Strawberries That You Have Never Thought Of

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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