Go ahead and bite into these sweet indulgences. With everything from chocolate, bananas, and even sweet citrus, you might find it hard to pick a favorite.
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.
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.
Recipe: Coconut Cupcakes
Dress up basic white cupcakes with a Coconut Buttercream and sweetened flaked coconut. So simple, but so delicious too!
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.
Cupcakes With Browned Butter Frosting
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.
Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes
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. Serve them in decorative liners, such as these colorful fluted flower cups from bakeitpretty.com.
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: Chocolate-Mint Cupcakes
Chopped crème de menthe mints make for a pretty presentation and add a perfect bit of mint to moist chocolate cupcakes.
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.
Fresh Citrus Cupcakes
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Recipe: Maple Bacon Cupcakes
This cupcake is without a doubt most men's favorite. 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.
Chocolate-Key Lime Cupcake Pies
Recipe: Chocolate-Key Lime Cupcake Pies
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: Lemonade 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.
Chocolate-Peppermint Candy 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.
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.
Salted Caramel-Chocolate Cupcakes
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.
Mocha Latte Cupcakes
Recipe: Mocha Latte Cupcakes
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.
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.
Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
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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.