10 Amazing Cupcake Recipes

1. Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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What could be better than a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade with a blueberry twist to break up to heat on a hot summer day? Taking that beautiful refreshment and making it into a cupcake, of course! What’s more, the use of a store bought mix and pre-made lemon curd makes this recipe deceivingly easy and quick to make. And as for the magic touch, that bold blueberry butter cream frosting . . . well, lets just say you’ll be fighting your kids to lick the bowl!

2. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

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What more needs to be said? Dark. Chocolate. Anything. Finish that phrase with one of the most beautiful words in the English language and I’m yours forever. These sinfully indulgent delights are topped with none other than a PEANUT BUTTER butter cream frosting, and will knock you off your feet and out of commission for the rest of the night. That’s right – dark chocolate AND peanut butter come together in the most perfect union that is the cupcake. In fact, we’re going to go ahead and recommend you double that frosting recipe and have your way with it. Think you can have just one of these wickedly delicious treats and then walk away? You are absolutely kidding yourself.

3. Margarita Cupcake with Lime Cream Cheese

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It’s summertime, the sun is shining, the sunscreen is flowing, and that can only mean one thing: Margarita season! Though I could be persuaded to drink a margarita with little enticement even amidst the depths of winter, now is the time to celebrate our hot Latin lover without fear of judgment from those who have yet to develop the same appreciation. Serve this tequila happy dessert alongside a salt-rimmed glass of the classic rendition and you will make a believer out of anyone. Maybe just keep them a safe distance from the kiddos – probably for the best that they wait a few years before falling in love with anything brought to you by the makers of Don Julio.

4. Limoncello Cupcakes

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Are you sensing a theme here? Of course it is the reoccurrence of lemon as an ingredient to which I am referring. This perfectly balanced combination of sweet and tart is achieved through three wonderful levels of lemon flavor: the zesty, juicy, and only slightly Limoncello-y foundation that forms the cupcake, a tart lemon curd filling, and a gorgeous sweet cream cheese frosting bearing the subtlest hint of Limoncello. These little beauties will have you singing songs of high praise to the Italian gods for their creation of such a beautiful concoction, without which none of this would have been possible. Grazie mille!

5. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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For you poor unfortunate souls born without the taste buds that would let you appreciate the rich chocolate experience brought to you by the dark variety, the sultry tease of a red velvet’s hint of chocolate is one even you cannot ignore. There’s something about that exotic, luscious red that you can’t resist. This particular recipe’s yield of extraordinarily fluffy, moist little suckers with an insatiably enticing hint of chocolate will leave you salivating for more. And again with the frosting . . . people like to say bacon makes everything better but the true champion of that title: cream cheese frosting. Who wants to challenge me on that?

6. Patriotic Pina Colada Cupcakes

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Don’t get me wrong – I love the glorious plates brought to us by Pan-Asian cuisine and Tex-Mex barbecues as much as the next, but why is it savory dishes seem to hog all the glory of fusion cuisine adaptation? This little recipe takes the food world by storm applying it to everyone’s favorite course of the meal. It shows us that the challenge of creating an ol’ Yankee-Mexican union really is a piece of cake. And for a country nicknamed the melting pot, what more appropriate a pairing than a patriotic delicacy with one of the largest influences on the ever-changing status that is the food culture of America?

7. Colorful cupcake

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Though we have no doubt you’re doubled over in excitement over all the boozy beauties we’ve presented you, we thought perhaps we’d toss in one for the little ones. These sunbathing teddies make for the perfect poolside snack or wonderful addition to a picnic packed and ready for a day at the beach! Best of all, considering the recipe incorporates a box mix, most of the prep work required for this job is in the decorating – making it a great way to let your kids have some fun in the kitchen. So pick your favorite flavor of Betty Crocker cake mix, add a bit of food coloring to some vanilla frosting, and decorate away ‘til your little heart’s content!

8. White chocolate cupcake

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Those who claim white chocolate isn’t really chocolate must be among the same group that doesn’t consider vanilla a flavor. What ever happened to an appreciation of the simpler things in life, to an inclination towards the idea that less is more? To be frank, the latter of these two expressions hardly applies to a cupcake harboring melted Lindt white chocolate inside, topped off with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting. Think we’re being cream cheese frosting redundant? Of course you don’t. To say one can have too many varietals of such a thing is straight cupcake blasphemy.

9. Palm cupcake

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Those Teddy-at-the-Beach cupcakes were so much fun we couldn’t resist snatching up these Palm Tree cupcakes when the opportunity presented itself. Not only are they fun to make, but their deconstructive possibilities make them fun to eat as well! What kid doesn’t dream about getting to have candy, cookies, and cake all in one dessert? And that little pretzel stick turned palm tree trunk is like indulging in the sweet-salty combination of French fries dipped in a milkshake. We made sure to include as many food groups as possible in this one, and with that kiwi turned leafy green treetop you can consider a daily fruit serving covered! Or on its way at least. . .

10. Rolo Cupcakes

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If you hadn’t guessed it already, we have a bit of an obsession with cakes harboring hidden delights to surprise your taste buds. And what list of desserts wouldn’t be complete without a little caramel? I assure you we have saved the most sinfully naughty treat for last. WARNING: What you are about to see is not for the faint of heart. All stops are pulled out on this Rolo stuffed Devil’s Food, salted caramel butter cream frosted, chocolate ganache slathered, Rolo garnished absolute masterpiece of a guilty pleasure. There’s no coming back from this one. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.