The Best Cupcake Recipes

It's simple: Cupcakes make people happy, and these sweet recipes are guaranteed to put a smile on any face. From fruit-filled and fondant-adorned creations to classic chocolate and vanilla, Food Network has a cupcake for every occasion.

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Go-To Vanilla Cupcakes

Smelling sweetly of butter, sugar and vanilla, these classic little cakes bring you right back to when you were a kid and Mom baked you birthday cupcakes.

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Go-To Chocolate Cupcakes

Moist and deeply chocolatey, these cupcakes are divine with virtually any frosting, but they are also delicious with a dusting of confectioners' sugar. When preparing the batter, plain yogurt will do if you don't have sour cream on hand.

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Chocolate Chiffon Cupcakes

Try your hand at variety. Whether you prefer a glossy, glazelike chocolate ganache or a traditional royal icing, you'll find the deliciousness in the details: Follow Alton's simple step-by-step tips for results that can't be topped.

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Brownie Cupcakes a la Mode

Fudgy and brownie-like, these cupcakes would be excellent candidates for a gathering with a toppings bar. Pre-scooping and refreezing the ice cream will prevent the desserts from getting too soupy too fast and give everyone time to sing a second round of "Happy Birthday."

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Go-To Marble Cupcakes

Can't decide between chocolate and vanilla? Make both — in the same cupcake liner. These are fun to look at, fun to make and, best of all, fun to eat.

Get the Recipe: Go-To Marble Cupcakes

Whimsical Flower Cupcakes

Nothing conveys sheer exuberance like a single bright blossom atop a tiny cake for dessert.

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S'mores Cupcakes

Tuck into this campfire treat in cupcake form. Essentially a seven-minute frosting, its topping toasts up beautifully under the broiler for the most-authentic fireside flavor.

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Duck in a Pond Cupcakes

A mix of frosting, fondant and candies brings rich texture to a single-serving edible duck pond.

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Lemony Cupcakes

With creamy lemon-curd centers and a slightly toasted frosting, these cupcakes wow from first sight to last zingy bite.

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Strawberry-Lime Stuffed Cupcakes

Lime frosting with a minty garnish hints at the brightness beneath. A whole fresh strawberry center will surely deliver delight. 

Get the Recipe: Strawberry-Lime Stuffed Cupcakes

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Hummingbird cake is sort of banana-bread-meets-spice-cake. Tossing nuts, fruits and other fillings with a small amount of flour before incorporating them into the batter helps them disperse evenly — without this step, add-ins sink to the bottom during baking.

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Ultimate White Cupcakes

Light as a feather, these subtle cupcakes are yummy alone, but also carry filling and frosting flavors well, and they pair particularly well with banana filling. Don't worry — the batter might look slightly curdled when the milk goes in, but it will become smooth and creamy as you keep mixing.

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Butterfly Cupcakes

A breezy butterfly fits in as easily at a grownups' garden party as it does at a kids' celebration.

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Tiramisu "Cup" Cakes

With fresh cake (in place of ladyfingers) soaked in coffee and coffee liqueur, and a froth of mascarpone frosting, these adorable cups turn traditional tiramisu on its head. A sprinkling of cocoa powder on the lightened mascarpone gives this cupcake a coffeehouse look.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

Juicy fruit, tender cake and a delectable brown-butter icing update this old favorite for the new century.

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Black Forest Cupcakes

Sunny Anderson's recipe of slightly boozy cherries, chocolate and marshmallow cream shrinks a Bavarian favorite to hand-held size. Dry off the maraschino cherries on a paper towel before topping each cupcake, to keep the color from bleeding into the frosting.

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Giant Sunflower Cupcakes

Cleverly dotted with chocolate sprinkles, this sunflower looks like it'd be complicated to make, but it requires only a single pastry tip.

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Honeycomb Cupcakes Centerpiece

Set the party abuzz with a busy hive of chocolate-almond bees and honeycomb cookies. This pull-apart design is a pretty centerpiece, and is easily dismantled for eating.

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Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

That signature combo of chocolate with cinnamon and a little chile heat has made Mexican chocolate an American favorite. Here, ancho chile powder provides mellow heat to these delectable cakes.

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Gina's Banana Cupcakes

You'll never want banana cake without molasses frosting again once you experience this crazy-good combination from the Neelys, at once old-school and completely fresh. For sweetness and moisture, it's important to use ripe bananas — if yours are looking a little green, seal them inside a brown paper bag along with an apple and let sit overnight.

Get the Recipe: Gina's Banana Cupcakes

Pansy Flower Cupcakes

This pansy-topped cupcake is a cheerful addition to casual or fancy gatherings. To get even petals, turn the cupcake as you pipe the petals rather than turning your hand and the bag. Trying to pipe the same shape from a different angle or upside down will throw off the center. 

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Caterpillar Cupcakes

Anyone who loves digging in the dirt will love piecing together this cute, creepy crawler. To add color yourself, buy white fondant and get paste or gel food coloring. Take a tiny dot of the color and rub it into the fondant, and then knead it in until the fondant becomes evenly colored. A small amount goes a long way.

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Cheesecake Cupcakes

These cupcakes have all the richness of cheesecake, but in a sweet little package, complete with a creamy frosting and graham cracker crust. To make crumbs, pulse graham crackers in a food processor, or put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.

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Strawberry Patch Pull-Apart

Like a community garden come to life, this patch gains its magic in numbers. Add one or more fondant creatures, fun flowers and fresh strawberries.

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Individual Chocolate Cakes

Overflowing with chocolate-coconut glaze, it's no surprise these super-moist cupcakes have garnered over 40 5-star reviews.

Get the Recipe: Have Your Own Cake and Eat It Too (Individual Chocolate Cakes)

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

Enticing from your first glance, these cupcakes are even better once you bite into their delightfully creamy center. They perfectly capture a Key lime pie's signature combination of sweet-sour citrus and cool creaminess.

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Citrus Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Melissa d'Arabian dresses up her citrusy cupcakes with the "other" chocolate, in the form of white chocolate frosting, and sweet candy toppers.

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Monogrammed Cupcakes

Here's a project for piping beginners. Just one piping bag, just one tip, but what an impact — spell words, use initials for an honored guest or write out initials for everyone at the table. Practice your writing on a piece of parchment before committing to the cake.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

Pour the milk and revel in this celebration of our national cookie — with an actual cookie surprise buried within.

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Ladybug Cupcakes

Add these little ladies to your invite list for a dessert that's sure to hit the spot. Fondant dries out quickly — good for your finished product, but not good if it’s your main supply that you still need to mold into something. Be sure to keep any unused portion of fondant tightly wrapped with plastic wrap when not in use.

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