8 Best Cupcake Recipes

Perfectly sized, and beautifully shaped, cupcakes are a delicious dessert treat in all kinds of flavours. Give these recipes a try, and see how happy you can make someone you love.

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The chocolate- and vanilla-flavoured beet-red cupcakes look spectacular slathered with a thick, sweet swirl of cream cheese icing. The sponge is moist and squishy, yet robust enough to hold its own under an extravagant load of full-fat frosting.

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2. Gingerbread Cupcakes

The combination of ground, fresh and crystallized ginger gives these delicious cupcakes an irresistable multi-layered flavour.

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Delicate cupcakes like these are sure to disappear at your next potluck or bake sale. Grated lemon peel and sour cream turn these from ordinary "white" cupcakes to sophisticated treats.

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These moist cupcakes don't even need frosting, and they're a great way to use up zucchini. Cinnamon, chocolate chips, and pecans make these so delicious, no one will suspect they're made with vegetables.

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Peanut butter cupcakes? You bet. They're surprisingly delicious, and kids of all ages will love them. The mini peanut butter cups also eliminate the need to add frosting.

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Sometimes, a cupcake is best when the icing is inside, rather than spread across the top. Your family and friends will get a happy surprise when they discover the smooth cream-cheese filling hidden within.

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Why ask for a cherry on top when you can have a cherry in the middle? Bake these easy-to-make cupcakes outside cherry season by having a supply of cherries on standby in the freezer with the stems and pits removed.

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8. Iced Fairy Cupcakes

Fairy cakes are easy to prepare and always popular with their soft caps of icing.

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