30 Cute Cupcake Recipes

30 Cute Cupcake Recipes

Jul 29, 2021 | Recipe

Cupcakes are little dainty cakes that are dressed so beautifully. They’re completely inviting to the eyes even if we don’t actually have space in our stomachs anymore. We’ve come up with a list of the 30 cute cupcake recipes out of the thousands!

The history of the cupcake isn’t very clear but we do know that it became popular in the United States. It became even more popular in the hit TV show, Sex and the City, when Carrie and Miranda are sitting outside the bakery finishing pink-frosted cupcakes while talking about boys. It was because of that scene that cupcakes started gaining popularity. Many cupcakeries started popping out with the daintiest and cutest cupcake designs. The flavors became more and more creative.

Today, you’ll find thousands of cupcake recipes throughout the Internet and hundreds of cupcake bakeshops in the world, creating the littlest cakes that invite us to have more.

1. The Perfect Vanilla Cupcake

Vanilla cupcakes are the most popular cupcake because it’s the most basic. You can do so much with a vanilla-flavored cupcake. Recipes typically follow this base recipe to create greater flavors. So many people make vanilla cupcakes but there are very few who actually pull off a perfect vanilla cupcake. To be one of those people, click on the link!


2. Molten Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Cookie dough is truly a favorite flavor in anything from ice creams, the actual cookie, cakes, and now, cupcakes! This extra delicious cupcake will take you back to your mother’s kitchen. The smell of cookies baking in the oven is packed in one dainty cupcake, ready to be devoured.


3. Best Ever Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot cake flavor is a classic in cakes and it also works with cupcakes. Carrot cake is a simple orange-y, brownish cake that is frosted with cream cheese. To pull off the best of the best carrot cupcakes, you have to go back to basics and go classic. This recipe has a delicious and well-balanced blend in spices and sweetness. The bits of nuts and carrots add a beautiful texture to these tiny little cakes.


5. Fudgy Chocolate Cupcakes

Another ultra classic cupcake flavor is chocolate. Chocolate cakes are decadent and there’s no reason for chocolate cupcakes to be the same. This recipe has a delicious mix for moist chocolate cake and a rich chocolate frosting. The moment you take a bite of that little cake, your life will be changed forever. Nothing beats this simple recipe for chocolate cupcakes.


5. Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Banana cupcakes are simple and easy to make just like banana bread. To make the banana cupcake even more delicious, this recipe adds a silky smooth peanut butter frosting on top! The silky peanut butter frosting adds character to the already delicious banana cake, making it a chunky monkey-esque flavor, perfect for kiddie parties.


6. Sorting Hat Cupcakes

Harry Potter is the most popular wizard novel of all time. Kids and adults love it. It’s not uncommon to have Harry Potter themed parties and this sorting hat recipe for cupcakes is the cutest dessert you can have at those parties. You can decorate the sorting hats with different house logos and colors and give them the new wizards.


7. S’mores Cupcakes

Everyone loves s’mores and we’ll take it in any way we can have it. This recipe for s’mores cupcakes is a good one and it requires a little bit of torching for that extra toasty flavor just like a real s’more. The best part about this particular recipe is that it’s not too sweet. With most s’mores, you prepare yourself to get that kick of sugar but with this one, it’s a perfect balance.


8. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Strawberry shortcake is another very delicious cake flavor that we’d love to have as a smaller portion. These strawberry shortcake cupcakes are the cutest with the pink garnish and pink frosting, topped with fresh strawberries. They’re dainty, pretty, and perfect for themed occasions like bridal and baby showers.


9. Mimosa Cupcakes

Is it actually true? A cupcake recipe dedicated to our favorite brunch drink? It’s true, folks! This mimosa cupcake is perfect for brunch with a glass of mimosa. We think it’s allowed to have both at the same time. This cupcake flavor oozes with booze and tang.


10. Bellini Cupcakes

This cupcake’s base is peach flavored and the frosting is made out of Champagne Italian meringue. There’s something about creating confections with Champagne that makes it even more inviting. This dainty cupcake is another one that’s perfect for girly-themed parties. We imagine this being served with Champagne shooters at a bachelorette party!


11. Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes

Another alcoholic cupcake flavor is the Irish cream cupcake recipe. Of course there’s no other brand to use but Baileys for this. Baileys is a delicious liqueur that we’ve all come to love so it’s not surprising that it could be in cupcake form! Indulge with this creamy and boozy cupcake that’s perfect for festive celebrations.


12. KitKat Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream

KitKat is part of the simpler chocolate bar category and yet it’s one of the best. Most chocolate bars are tiring to eat after a while but this one is perfect. It’s the right size with the perfect proportions of chocolate to wafer. This cupcake recipe is an ode to one of the best chocolate bars ever made. The moist base of this recipe totally gives way to the main flavor, which is the KitKat bar.


13. Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

From the creators of Nutella, they bring you Ferrero Rocher chocolate. One of the most popular chocolates found in convenient stores and airports, it’s not a surprise that a cupcake recipe was dedicated to it. These tiny chocolates come in different shapes of containers. Our personal favorite is the enormous heart. Imagine this little cupcake formed into a huge heart for your loved one during Valentine’s? You’re welcome. You may use the idea.


14. Nutella Cupcakes

I know we already wrote down Ferrero Rocher cupcakes and they’re both made from hazelnut chocolate but Nutella deserves an entry on its own. If you’re not into the crunch of Ferrero, this is a better recipe for you. The silky smooth hazelnut chocolate spread shines through this cupcake recipe. We love that the middle is stuffed with a dollop of Nutella.


15. Crème Brulee Cupcakes

The thing about making cupcakes is that you can turn any flavor you like, regardless of the form of dessert, into a cupcake flavor. This is why there’s even a list to begin with! This crème brûlée cupcake is a creamy and caramelized cupcake that is very much like the real thing. We love the crackle of the caramelized sugar on top and allows us to enjoy the princess of all desserts.


16. Pink Lemonade Cupcake

Pink Lemonade cupcakes are made from grapefruit and they’re the cutest version of lemonade cupcakes. Why have a yellow cupcake when you can have a pink one from pink lemonade? This pink-colored cupcake is perfect for little girly parties or girly adult parties. It looks cute and tastes even better.


17. Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

This very creative flavor of cupcakes could be presented in so many ways. You can put it in demitasse cups or add fondant garnish to it. No matter what the base is, the presentation is the most important part of this particular cupcake. Our most favorite is in an ice cream cone.


18. Cannoli Cupcakes

We love cannolis. This Sicilian-famous dessert is well known all over the world. They’re easy to find and there’s nothing like a tube lined with chocolate and filled with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips as a dessert. This cupcake is a tribute to this favorite Italian dessert. It tastes the same with that extra cake effect to it.


19. Margarita Cupcakes

Looking for more boozy cupcake flavors? We’ve got you covered. Bring out the lime and tequila, please! These margarita cupcakes are reminiscent of our favorite beach cocktail. Citrusy and salt, these flavors are a perfect combination. If you want to make it more like the actual cocktail, add that little pinch of salt on the side. Also, why not have it with an actual margarita cocktail?


20. Strawberry Rosé Cupcakes

Do you ever wonder if rosé’s flavor shines in a cupcake? Well, we’ve got the answer for you. Yes, it does! This strawberry rosé cupcake is a dainty and pretty cupcake perfect for those bachelorette parties! The flavor of the rose drops hints in every bite. The strawberry note in this cupcake enhances the flavor of the booze too.


21. Champagne Cupcakes

Champagne cupcakes have a delicate flavor and they’re sophisticated. This cupcake flavor is perfect for celebratory parties. This is a perfect kind of cupcake to serve at weddings, birthday parties and our most favorite occasion of the year, New Year’s Eve!


22. The Grinch Cupcakes

This super cute cupcake is perfect for themed Christmas parties. The base is a delicious chocolate cake that you cannot go wrong with. You can be a little bit more creative with how you’re going to decorate the Grinch’s face. No matter what happens, however ugly and mood-busting the Grinch’s face is, at least the cupcake tastes awesome.


23. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

This cupcake flavor is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or for that time in between courses during Thanksgiving! If you don’t want to hassle yourself by making pumpkin pie after preparing the entire meal for that occasion, go easy on yourself with this flavor.


24. Salted Caramel Pretzel Cupcakes

Salted caramel is an enticing cupcake flavor. The entire cupcake is a delicious combination of flavors and garnish. We love how the flavors of this recipe balance each other so well. Pretzels are relatively saltier and the caramel counters that, creating a harmonious cupcake.


25. Reese’s Cupcakes

The peanut butter cup is in a cupcake! This super decadent chocolate peanut butter cupcake flavor tops any peanut butter-flavored cupcake recipe.


26. Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

This is a tangy cupcake that’s perfect for those who like sour desserts. Not only is it delicious but it’s super pretty too.


27. Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Some people wonder why mint chocolate is even a flavor. Mint is a refreshing flavor that cuts through the richness of the chocolate and they taste great together. This cupcake recipe is a great balance between chocolate and mint.


28. Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo cookies are used in so many kinds of desserts and one of the best for us is cupcakes. Oreo cupcakes create a cookie and cream-esque experience and it’s very nostalgic of our favorite ice cream flavor.


29. Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday cakes are known for being very colorful because of the confetti. This recipe for birthday cupcakes mimics the birthday cake except that it looks even cuter.


30. Sangria Cupcakes

Sangria is a lot of things in one. It has a delicious blend of red wine with some brandy and it has refreshing fruits in it to make it even more delicious. This cupcake recipe has fruits in the batter and red wine frosting. It looks very cute too!



Hey there! I'm Isabel. I love cooking, dogs, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good flavorful food, to share with family and friends.



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