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Cupcake recipes

49 Recipes

Go cupcake crazy and make all kinds of cute miniature bakes with fabulous frosting. We've got classic chocolate, quirky unicorn, lemon meringue and more...

Vanilla cupcakes

3.314285

(70 ratings)

Decorate these easy vanilla cupcakes with buttercream and the topping of your choice. They're super-simple to make and taste divine – great as a teatime treat...
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Cupcake recipe

4.546585

(161 ratings)

Bake these easy vanilla cupcakes in just 35 minutes. Perfect for birthdays, picnics or whenever you fancy a sweet treat, they're sure to be a crowd-pleaser...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Rainbow cupcakes

4.8

(5 ratings)

Make someone smile with these cheery rainbow cupcakes. The striped sponge and buttercream sprinkle topping are sure to brighten anyone’s day...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Vanilla cupcake bouquet

4.75

(8 ratings)

This stunning edible bouquet takes a little time to prepare but the results are jaw-dropping. If you're looking for a Mother's Day showstopper, this is it!...
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • A challenge

Butterfly cakes

4.166665

(18 ratings)

Treat family and friends to pretty butterfly cupcakes. Ours easy buns are topped with a light vanilla buttercream, jam and sprinkles, but you can decorate any way you like
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chocolate orange cupcakes

5

(5 ratings)

Treat family and friends to these decadent cupcakes with chocolate orange-flavoured sponge and buttercream topping. Decorate with orange zest and chocolate
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Red velvet cupcakes

3.73684

(19 ratings)

Bake a batch of red velvet cupcakes as a treat. With chocolate sponge and a cream cheese topping, they're perfect for elevenses served with a cuppa...
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Easy vanilla cupcakes

4.272725

(11 ratings)

Rustle up a batch of vanilla cupcakes with pretty butter icing for a family picnic or weekend treat. Decorate them with fruit or sprinkles, if you like
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Butterfly cupcakes

5

(2 ratings)

These pretty cupcakes are perfect for a special occasion. The flavoured syrup help the cakes stay moist, so you can make them a day ahead and decorate the next day
  • 2 hours and 25 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Fairy cakes

3.791665

(24 ratings)

Perfect for a bake sale, kid's party or sweet afternoon snack, these iced cupcakes are the simplest sponges around and can be decorated as you like...
  • 37 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Valentine's Day cupcakes

5

(2 ratings)

Got a sweet tooth? Treat someone special on Valentine's Day with these rich chocolate cupcakes hiding a secret white chocolate truffle centre...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Vegan banana cupcakes

4.666665

(3 ratings)

Rustle up these easy banana cupcakes for an afternoon treat. Dairy- and egg-free, they're perfect for anyone following a vegan diet...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Lemon & poppyseed cupcakes

4.720395

(304 ratings)

These zesty cupcakes look so gorgeous you won't want to eat them, but once you start you won't be able to stop...
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Vegan cupcakes

2.7

(20 ratings)

Make vegan cupcakes with buttercream topping using dairy-free and egg-free ingredients. They make the perfect treat for afternoon tea or a mid-morning snack
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Easy chocolate cupcakes

4.17647

(51 ratings)

These light cakes are perfect for freezing – they just need a quick blast in the microwave to bring them back to life...
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Coconut cupcakes

4.5

(10 ratings)

Get a triple hit of coconut in these light and fluffy cupcakes, topped with whipped coconut cream and snowy desiccated coconut - a lovely gluten-free teatime treat
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Moon cycle cupcakes

5

(3 ratings)

Budding star gazers, bake your way through the moon cycle with our tasty chocolate cupcakes. Arrange them in the right order to make a gorgeous display and test your science skills
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort

Coconut & raspberry cupcakes

4.75862

(58 ratings)

Adding a little fruit purée to your buttercream frosting gives you a berry flavour and vibrant colour atop your sponges
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Celebration cupcakes

4.5

(2 ratings)

Make these individual party sponges ahead then follow our suggestions for decorating and icing
  • 3 hours
  • More effort

Devil’s food cupcakes

4.37037

(27 ratings)

These sponges with a cream cheese topping are light yet wonderfully chocolatey
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Little Louise cupcakes

4.12

(25 ratings)

These cupcakes bring sweet bursts of joy with every bite, perfect for a celebration or party
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • More effort

Black velvet baby cakes

4.5

(34 ratings)

These gorgeous Guinness puds are an indulgent treat - and perfect for St Patrick's Day on 17 March
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Unicorn cupcakes

4.416665

(12 ratings)

It's just not a party without unicorn cupcakes. Try these easy vanilla sponges with mesmerising rainbow-swirled buttercream and chocolate button and sprinkle decoration...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

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