Cupcakes on a stand with vanilla and purple frosting

Cupcake recipes

50 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...

71 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

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
183 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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
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8 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 35 mins
A challenge
25 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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
5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Treat family and friends to these beautiful strawberry cupcakes. They're made with fresh strawberry pieces in the sponge, and a vibrant pink buttercream icing 

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
22 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

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
13 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 25 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
26 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

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
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
7 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
305 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr
More effort
27 ratings 2.4 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
51 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
10 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 45 mins
More effort
59 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Make these individual party sponges ahead then follow our suggestions for decorating and icing

3 hrs
More effort
27 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

These sponges with a cream cheese topping are light yet wonderfully chocolatey

45 mins
Easy
25 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

These cupcakes bring sweet bursts of joy with every bite, perfect for a celebration or party

1 hr and 30 mins
More effort
269 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This crowd-pleasing recipe turns the ultimate afternoon tea favourite into delightful cupcakes

50 mins
Easy
34 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
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