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21 Genius Cupcake Recipes That You Need To Try

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Is there anything better than a great cupcake recipe? According to my guys, the answer would be “two cupcakes”…or more!

This roundup of 21 delightful cupcake recipes is a must-have for any enthusiastic baker or for anyone who loves making kids’ party food! Cupcakes can be decorated to match any theme so they look terrific on a boy’s birthday party dessert table and they’re easy for small hands to hold.

Filled with ideas from top-notch bloggers that incorporate the most delicious flavors out there — like peanut butter cup cupcakes, Nutella cupcakes, banana split cupcakes, Kit Kat mocha cupcakes, super decadent chocolate cupcakes, s’mores cupcakes, Andes mint cupcakes, blueberry cupcakes, Snickers cupcakes, cookie dough cupcakes and banana pudding cupcakes, plus many more — this round-up will have your mouth watering and your imagination running!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake Recipe Idea

1. Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

rom My Baking Addiction

Use a favorite doctored up cake mix as the base for these decadent Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes! Baked in mini Reese’s peanut butter cups offer little surprises of pure peanut butter bliss and the frosting has the perfect balance of salty and sweet flavors. Sprinkle with some chopped up peanut butter cups for the cutest and most delicious cupcakes you have ever tasted.

Nutella Cupcake Recipe Idea

2. Nutella Cupcakes

From Canella Vita

This is not just any old Nutella recipe. This is the ultimate glorification of the favorite chocolatey spread. If you aren’t already tempted, the recipe calls for two entire jars of Nutella! Incredibly easy chocolate cupcakes are filled with generous spoonfuls of Nutella, topped with a big swirl of Nutella buttercream and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. Talk about delicious.

Banana Split Cupcake Ideas

3. Banana Split Cupcakes

From Your Cup of Cake

Half chocolate and half banana, these Banana Split Cupcakes are both delicious and beautiful. Thick banana and chocolate batters are split half and half then topped with a richly flavorful strawberry frosting made with freeze dried strawberries. A drizzle of chocolate sauce, some rainbow sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry made the perfect toppings. These are the perfect cupcakes for birthday celebrations and summer parties!

Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting Recipe Ideas

4. Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

From Natasha’s Kitchen

Greek yogurt turns these cupcakes into the fluffiest and most delicious treats. They are just as quick to bake up as boxed cupcake mixes, but they taste so much better. Smooth vanilla cupcakes are topped with an easy and scrumptious blackberry cream cheese frosting and loads of fresh blackberries. Pop a whole blackberry on top and they are ready to serve.

Kit Kat Mocha Cupcake Recipe Ideas

5. Kit Kat Mocha Cupcakes

From Kitchen Karate

Sweet chocolate frosting and bits of Kit Kat bites are the perfect complement to a coffee-packed mocha cupcake. These cupcakes leave you with the unbelievable subtle taste of amazing. Decadent mocha cupcakes are baked with three Kit Kat bites right inside, then topped with a luscious chocolate buttercream and crushed up Kit Kats! One of these cupcakes will leave a smile on anyone’s face.

Super Decadent Chocolate Cupcake Recipe Ideas

6. Super Decadent Chocolate Cupcake

From Baker by Nature

Chocolate lovers – get excited! These rich, fudgey, and super decadent cupcakes are definitely for you. The perfect chocolate cupcake is loaded with cacao flavor and they turn out soft and fluffy every single time. To make them even more amazing, these chocolate cupcakes are topped with a swirl of killer chocolate fudge buttercream. They are also easy enough for a baker of any level to master.

GOOEY-SMORES-CUPCAKES

7. Ooey Gooey S’mores Cupcake

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

Whether you are making a special treat for the family, getting ready for company, or baking for a school bake sale, you need to try out these crowd-pleasing cupcakes. A buttery graham cracker base and rich chocolate cupcake gets topped with silky chocolate buttercream and an oven toasted marshmallow. Talk about scrumptious! These cupcakes are sure to remind you of your favorite campfire treat.

Andes Mint Cupcake Recipe ideas

8. Andes Mint Cupcake

From Your Cup of Cake

Transform everyone’s favorite Andes Mints into a delectable cupcake with this spruced up boxed cake mix recipe. Devil’s Food cake mix is made rich and fudgey, then loaded with a chocolate mint filling. Mint buttercream and an Andes Mint chocolate makes a delicious cupcake topper. These cupcakes are sure to be a hit with friends, family, and anyone else you serve them to.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake Recipe Ideas

9. Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

From Life, Love & Sugar

These Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes will rock your socks off! The flavors are strong and the cupcakes are incredibly moist, but the end result is incredibly soft and light. Fluffy vanilla cupcakes are laced with bright lemon flavor and dotted with fresh blueberries, then topped with a luxurious lemon icing. These make the perfect dessert for Easter brunch, summer birthdays, and more.

The Perfect Chocolate Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Recipe Ideas

10. The Perfect Chocolate Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream

From Chef in Training

The only way to make the perfect chocolate cupcake even more perfect is to top it with an amazingly delicious salted caramel frosting. These cupcakes seriously taste like heaven. The recipe doesn’t take that much longer to make than a regular boxed cake mix, but the end result is totally worth the few extra steps. Tried and true, these chocolate caramel cupcakes never disappoint.

Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe Ideas

11. Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

From Cooking Classy

These are the blueberry cupcakes of my dreams! They have the fluffy and moist texture of a cupcake thanks to a few secret ingredients including buttermilk and sour cream. The batter is sprinkled with fresh blueberries for fruity bursts of flavor while you are eating. Then of course to finish these cupcakes they are topped with a swirl of perfectly smooth and rich cream cheese frosting. If only you could east cupcakes every day.

Snicker Cupcake Recipe Ideas

12. Snicker Cupcakes

From Life, Love & Sugar

Talk about over the top. These Snickers Cupcakes are delicious, decadent, chocolatey, caramel-y, and peanut buttery.  Start with the most moist, delicious and fluffy cupcakes made with dark chocolate filled with a caramel nougat concoction. Top them off with some creamy peanut butter icing, chocolate drizzle, and a mini Snickers bar! If these cupcakes don’t satisfy your sweet tooth I don’t know what will.

Vanilla-Rosewater Cupcake Recipe Ideas

13. Vanilla-Rosewater Cupcakes

From Sprinkle Bakes

Ready to get rosy? These Vanilla Rose Water Cupcakes are perfect for the girly girls who love cute and pretty things all rolled up into one. They are made of luscious vanilla cake topped with delicately scented rose water icing, and crowned with glittering, candied rose petals. These beautiful and creative cupcake treats are sure to leave your guests speechless.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake Recipe 1

14. Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

Cupcakes are a great idea for birthday party dessert tables, but you certainly don’t have to wait for a celebration. These cupcakes look special, but they are super simple to make! Easy ingredients including lemon cake mix, lemon pudding mix, and blueberry lemon fruit spread are quick to find and bring the most amazing flavor to these Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes. When you bite into them there is a surprise burst of fruity filling!

Cookie Dough Cupcake Recipe Ideas

15. Cookie Dough Cupcakes

From The Cake Blog

Hands up if you are a chocolate chip cookie lover! Or should I say chocolate chip cookie dough lovers? Introduce yourself to the ultimate cupcake to satisfy both a chocolate and cookie craving all in one bite. These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are filled with cookie dough, covered in cookie dough frosting, and topped with a mini cookie dough cookie. This is such a fun recipe that your kids would absolutely have a blast helping you with.

Banana Pudding Cupcake Recipe Ideas

16. Banana Pudding Cupcake

From Spicy Southern Kitchen

If you grew up in a southern household, chances are you were served banana pudding for dessert at any gathering with family or friends. Everyone loves the sweet, delicious, and creamy mix of pudding, fresh bananas, and vanilla wafers topped with whipped cream. These Banana Pudding Cupcakes bring all the creamy, dreamy flavor to your table in a fun, new way! Your taste buds won’t know what hit them.

Raspberry Mojito Cupcake Recipe ideas

17. Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes

From Java Cupcake

Mojitos are a fresh and favorite summer drink. Transform those tasty flavors into a beautiful cupcake with this recipe for Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes! The cupcakes are packed full of lime zest and freshly squeezed lime juice, filled with a rum raspberry filling, and topped with a mint buttercream whipped to airy perfection. Top with a fresh mint sprig and a whole raspberry, summer is calling!

Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with Maple Frosting Recipe Ideas

18. Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

From The Novice Chef

I’m pretty sure that the way to anyone’s heart is bacon. Use your favorite breakfast treat for dessert with this recipe for chocolate bacon cupcakes with maple frosting. Pieces of bacon are folded into sweet and decadent chocolate cupcake batter and baked to perfection. The cupcakes get topped with creamy maple frosting and a garnish of chopped bacon and pure maple syrup drizzle.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Swirl Frosting Recipe ideas

19. Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Swirl Frosting

From Sally’s Baking Addiction

Loaded with sweet cinnamon-sugar, snickerdoodle cookies will always be a family favorite. So how about a cupcake recipe with the same wonderful flavor? These snickerdoodle cupcakes have cinnamon sugar peeking through the edges, cinnamon sugar dusted on top, a mountain of cinnamon swirl frosting and a mini snickerdoodle cookie to finish it all off! Go grab a tall glass of milk and dig in.

Double Reese's Cupcake Recipe Ideas

20. Double Reese’s Cupcakes

From Spicy Southern Kitchen

Calling all chocolate peanut butter lovers – these cupcakes will be your dream come true with double the Reese’s goodness. A full-sized Reese’s peanut butter cup is baked right into a deliciously fluffy chocolate cupcake, then topped with a light peanut butter frosting and sprinkled with Reese’s Pieces. The peanut butter frosting alone is worth making this recipe, you won’t be able to keep your fingers out of the bowl.

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe Ideas

21. Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

From Cooking Classy

When strawberry season rolls around you are going to want to have this strawberry cupcake recipe handy. They are overflowing with sweet strawberry flavor! Fresh strawberry puree and creamy milk make the base of the cupcake and fresh chopped strawberries are folded right into the batter. When they are done baking the cupcakes get topped with more fresh strawberries and a lovely strawberry buttercream frosting. Bon appetit!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.