16 Creative Cupcake Recipes You Simply Have to Try

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The cupcake is as versatile a dessert as there is.

From the type of frosting to the ingredients you use on the inside, there are any number of directions you can go in when it comes to a cupcake recipe.

Consider a few unique ones below:

  1. Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe
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    • I’ve taken a little detour from my usual candy contributor role for this special announcement. Pink Lemonade Cupcakes must be made and eaten soon. No seriously, that’s the announcement. Are you listening? I made these cupcakes awhile back for a fun party, and they were a huge hit!! I bet some of you love cake …
  2. PB&J Cupcakes Recipe
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    • I’m kind of obsessed with peanut butter and jelly. In middle school, my best friend and I used to compete to see who could pack the most loaded PB&J for lunch – we’re talking triple and quadruple layer stuff. This is one of my more fantastical PB&J creations… Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes. I used …
  3. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes Recipe
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    • I remember the very first time I had an ice cream cone cupcake. I was in the third grade and a class mom brought them for a birthday. I was in awe! The fact that it looked like an ice cream cone but had CAKE inside was magical to me, and looking back I think …
  4. Strawberry Tres Leches Cupcakes Recipe
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    • In my opinion, it’s pretty freakin’ impossible to beat the combination of fruit and cream, and specifically strawberries paired with cream is one of my favorite combos. I think a lot of you can agree… it’s a total classic! Well, the idea of a strawberries and cream cupcake got stuck in my head, but a quick internet …
  5. Cream Cheese Brownie Cupcakes Recipe
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    • My son hates frosting. It’s truly the strangest thing, being a cupcake baker with a child who hates frosting. I often find myself looking back on the last 10 years wondering, where did I go wrong? Did I not feed him enough dessert as an infant? Was I not enthusiastic enough in fostering a healthy …
  6. Snickerdoodle Chai Cupcakes Recipe
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    • January is my least favorite month, which is ironic considering it my birthday month. But do you know what happens when your birthday is two weeks after Christmas? Friends and family finally settle in for an after-the-holidays breather, only to remember at the last minute that you need a present! A cake! A party! I …
  7. Banana Nutella Cupcakes Recipe
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    • How do you like your bananas? Is that a strange question to start with? My boyfriend, Mikey, likes them after they have just turned yellow, without a trace of softness or brown. Me? I like them covered in brown spots. I will not touch them unless at least 50% of the peel is nearly black. Mikey finds it …
  8. Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes Recipe
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    • These gluten free, super chocolatey cupcakes are perfect after school or after work or heck – even for breakfast! These cupcakes are filled with avocado, dark chocolate and flaxseed meal, and will power you up for whatever your day holds! My daughter isn’t a fan of avocados. In fact, she downright detests them! However, if I happen to …
  9. Mini Margarita Cheesecakes Recipe
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    • When it comes to the Super Bowl, there are two types of viewers – those who watch the game and those who watch the commercials. For me it depends on who’s playing. If it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers, then it’s about the game. However, if they’re not, then I’m in a third category – those who …
  10. Spring Chick Cupcakes Recipe
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    • Although I am thrilled by the arrival of spring, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t mourning the passing of a snow-less winter. How are people expected to live without a single snowy day, that’s what I want to know? A snowy day is the national holiday of readers and bakers across the …
  11. Cookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe
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    • When it comes to cookies, I’m a pretty big fan. I’m indiscriminate in my cookie love, loving pretty much any kind you put in front of me. The classic chocolate chip cookie tends to be my go-to cookie though. Fresh out of the oven and still warm, so good! I’m also one of those people …
  12. Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe
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    • I absolutely LOVE the month of December!! Such is my love of the holiday season that I drive my family absolutely crazy. At this point, I am pretty sure they just indulge me. I can’t tell you HOW many times I’ve heard my husband whisper to our son, “Just do it…it means so much to …
  13. Apple Pie Cupcakes Recipe
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    • Let’s talk about Apple Pie Cupcakes, okay? Here’s the thing – being a baker, most people assume that my favorite desserts are super complicated concoctions, but that is DEFINITELY not the case. With me, the simpler the better. Because of this, Apple Pie has always been one of my favorite desserts. Does it really get …
  14. Oreo Cupcake Recipe
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    • Who here wants a really great Oreo Cupcake?? *All hands raised!* I’m absolutely crazy about Oreos. One of my very first desserts as a blogger was an Oreo cake that called for 108 Oreos! Seriously. I’m nuts over these cookies. So when I saw this Cookies and Cream fudge, I was drooled over it for weeks and knew …
  15. Chocolate Caramel Corn Cupcakes Recipe
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    • Soooo, question: Is putting popcorn on cupcakes weird? Oh. What about if it’s caramel corn? Covered in chocolate? Yes. I thought that might be acceptable. Lately, I am eating a lot of caramel corn. It’s like a phase. I go through these weird phases where I eat something CONSTANTLY, then I get so sick of it, I don’t …

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