Ah, the cupcake. The first known recipe was published in 1796, with instructions for "a cake to be baked in small cups". Today the grab-and-go treat is ubiquitous, and shows no signs of stopping its sugary reign. A trending pop culture favorite, cupcakes have also inspired new foodie twists and imaginative decorated takes on the classic frosted version. Are you tempted yet? If not, you will be after you see these 50 butter-pecan filled, panda-faced, chocolate-strawberry-topped wonders.

 

1. Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes

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Embrace the sticky sweetness of butter pecan pie with this gooey cupcake, kicked up a notch with a quick kiss of bourbon. Thanks to Half Baked Harvest for sharing photo and recipe for these Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes.

 

2. Easy Little Pandas

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Channel the infinite adorableness of pandas with these whimsical cupcakes. This is one recipe sure to delight all the children (and kids at heart) in your life! Thanks to Bakerella for sharing photo and recipe for Easy Little Pandas.

 

3. Apple Pie Cupcakes

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Nothing is quite as comforting as warm apple pie. Make Don McLean proud and bake up a round of these cinnamon infused beauties, made even more delicious by their snickerdoodle-inspired base. Thanks to Spoonful of Flavor for sharing photo and recipe for these Apple Pie Cupcakes With Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.

 

4. Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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The luscious zip of salted caramel is present in three ways in these stunning cupcakes, which feature a sculpture of candied sugar perched atop a cloud of silky buttercream. Thanks to Sprinkle Bakes for sharing photo and recipe for these Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes.

 

5. Sprinkles’ Strawberry Cupcakes

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The brightness of fresh red strawberries truly sings in these iconic vanilla cupcakes from the beloved multi-state bakery chain. Thanks to Martha Stewart for preparing this Sprinkles’ Cupcakes recipe.

 

6. Bubbly Champagne Cupcakes

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Give the tastiest toast of the night and say “cheers!” with a round of these celebratory vanilla cupcakes bursting with bubbly. Thanks to Pizzazzerie for sharing photo and recipe for these Bubbly Champagne Cupcakes.

 

7. Butterbeer Cupcakes

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No need to visit The Three Broomsticks! You’ll be spellbound after one bite of these butterscotch-frosted beauties, perfect for wizards and muggles alike. Thanks to Pastry Affair for sharing photo and recipe for these Butterbeer Cupcakes.

 

8. Lemon Cupcakes With Lavender Frosting

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This springtime cupcake pairs the refreshing flavor of lemon with an oh-la-la lavender frosting for a dynamic-and delightful-anytime treat. Thanks to The Pioneer Woman for sharing photo and recipe for these Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting.

 

9. Very Vanilla Bacon Cupcakes with Pork Belly Caramel

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Sweet meets salty in this flavorful cupcake lovingly laced with vanilla, caramel and bacon chips. Yes, you heard that right- bacon chips. Om nom nom. Thanks to The Moonblush Baker for sharing photo and recipe for these Very Vanilla Bacon Cupcakes With Pork Belly Caramel.

 

10. Black Forest Cupcakes

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Juicy black cherries and exquisite dark chocolate provide the backbone for this sinfully delightful version of the classic German cake. Thanks to Sugar and Soul for sharing photo and recipe for these Black Forest Cupcakes.

 

11. Fudgy Vegan Beet Cupcakes

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Dietary restrictions shouldn’t exclude decadence! These rich cupcakes draw their flavor from a smattering of cocoa and the humble power of beets, taking the commandment “eat your vegetables” to a whole new level! Thanks to Minimalist Baker for sharing photo and recipe for these Fudgy Beet Cupcakes.

 

 

 

12. Bakery Style Vanilla Cupcakes

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There’s no better cupcake to start off our list than the classic vanilla buttercream. This recipe is an ode to the brightly-hued beauties made famous by Magnolia Bakery in NYC. Grab your most colorful sprinkles and pay homage to the original gangster of frosted desserts. Thanks to Sweetapolita for sharing photo and recipe for these Bakery Style Vanilla Cupcakes.

 

13. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

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This cupcake is the captivating cousin of the ever-luscious chocolate covered strawberry. Whip up a batch for Valentine’s Day and watch the admirers flock your way! Thanks to The Cake Blog for sharing photo and recipe for these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes.

 

14. Orange Creme Cupcakes

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Orange creamsicles melt. But orange creme cupcakes won’t, so you can enjoy these sunny (and gluten-free!) goodies outside on the brightest of days. Thanks to Gluten Free Goddess for sharing photo and recipe for these Orange Creme Cupcakes.

 

15. Peanut Butter Fudge Coffee Ice Cream Cupcakes

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These decadent delicacies boast a frozen surprise inside- a coffee ice cream center. Keep a batch handy in the freezer to combat caffeine and sugar cravings- a dessert double whammy. Thanks to How Sweet It Is for sharing photo and recipe for these Peanut Butter Fudge Coffee Ice Cream Cupcakes.

 

16. Ultimate Marble Cupcakes

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Chocolate or vanilla? The struggle is real. Eliminate that decision and get the best of both worlds with these decadent marbled cupcakes. It’s just so much more delicious when everyone works together. Thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction for sharing photo and recipe for these Ultimate Marble Cupcakes.

 

17. Hamburger Cupcakes

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With two kinds of cake base and some clever coconut “lettuce”, these adorable desserts are masquerading as your favorite fast food! Serve up a batch at your next cookout and watch your guests marvel. Thanks to Some Kitchen Stories for sharing photo and recipe for these Hamburger Cupcakes.

 

18. Piña Colada Cupcakes

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If you like piña coladas…..well, no doubt you’re going to love these cupcakes. Channel the best of a tiki bar, sans hangover, with these tantalizing tropical-tinged treats. Thanks to Glorious Treats for sharing photo and recipe for these Piña Colada Cupcakes.

 

19. Lime Coconut Cupcakes

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That catchy song had it all wrong. You mix de lime and de coconut into a mouth-watering cupcake and eat it all up! Thanks to House of Yumm for sharing photo and recipe for these Lime Coconut Cupcakes.

 

20. Chocolate Coca-Cola Cupcakes

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Soda pop adds an unexpected flavor and little bit of fizz to a traditional chocolate cupcake. Some fluffy whipped cream frosting and a cherry on top sweetens the deal. Thanks to The Baking Fairy for sharing photo and recipe for these Chocolate Coca-Cola Cupcakes.

 

21. Blackberry Coconut Cupcakes

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The tropical flavor of coconut combined with the tart sweetness of blackberry delivers a one-two punch that will leave your taste buds in a knockout. Thanks to Baking a Moment for sharing photo and recipe for these Blackberry Coconut Cupcakes.

 

22. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

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Nothing screams birthday quite like a cake adorned in rainbow sprinkles. Make that joy an everyday occasion with these easy funfetti cupcakes piled high with creamy vanilla buttercream. Thanks to Brown-Eyed Baker for sharing photo and recipe for these Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes.

 

23. Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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A dramatic peak of meringue and a tart lemon interior make this cupcake just as delightful as the pie that inspired it. Thanks to Chasing Delicious for sharing photo and recipe for these Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.

 

24. Andes Mint Cupcake

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Swimming in the middle of all this chocolatey cupcake goodness is a refreshing mint filling. Become a snacking scuba diver and dive right in! Thanks to Your Cup Of Cake for sharing photo and recipe for these Andes Mint Cupcakes.

 

25. Churro Cupcake

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The friendship of donuts and cupcakes is cemented in this vanilla bestie topped with a churro and dusted in a healthy coating of cinnamon sugar. Que rico! Thanks to The Domestic Rebel for sharing photo and recipe for these Churro Cupcakes.

 

26. Sangria Cupcakes

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It’s always wine-o-clock when this juicy cupcake laced with an abundance of fruit and a good Red is on deck! Thanks to The First Year for sharing photo and recipe for these Sangria Cupcakes.

 

27. Cranberry Orange Cupcakes

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The dynamic duo of tart cranberry and fresh citrus shines in these bright and refreshing beauties. Thanks to the Taste and Tell blog for sharing photo and recipe for these Cranberry Orange Cupcakes.

 

28. Root Beer Float Cupcakes

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Plunge into a creamy handheld version of the beloved icy drink. This throwback to soda fountain days will have your taste buds up in a twist! Thanks to Cincy Shopper for sharing photo and recipe for these Root Beer Float Cupcakes.

 

29. Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

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Rise and shine with these deep chocolate morsels of happiness. A peppy java-infused buttercream provides the perfect excuse for a coffee break at any time. Thanks to Pretty Simple Sweet for sharing photo and recipe for these Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes.

 

30. Easter Cupcakes with Bunny Inside

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With a frosting that tastes just like the beloved batter, this is the perfect recipe for anyone unable to resist the lure of licking the bowl when making cookies. Thanks to Cupcake Project for sharing the recipe for these Easter Cupcakes With a Surprise Bunny Inside, photo by J. Pollack Photography.

 

31. Cheesecake Cupcakes

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No, you’re not dreaming. This sinful creamy cupcake is made of of angelic cheesecake. Proof that heaven is, in fact, a place on earth. Thanks to Cooking Classy for sharing photo and recipe for these Salted Caramel Cheesecake Cupcakes.

 

32. Paleo Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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This cupcake brings to mind all the comforts of a decadent weekend breakfast full of sticky bacon and syurp laden pancakes. Give your diet a high-five and indulge in one of these paleo-friendly treats. Thanks to Food Faith Fitness for sharing photo and recipe for these paleo Maple Bacon Cupcakes With Bacon Buttercream.

 

33. Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Dulce de Leche literally means “candy milk”, which inarguably seems like the best possible choice of frosting for the ubiquitous Halloween pumpkin cupcake. Thanks to Sweetest Kitchen for sharing photo and recipe for these Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes.

 

34. Chocolate Cherry Goat Cheese Cupcakes

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Goat cheese frosting adds an earthy tang to a cupcake that melds together the brightness of cherry jam with rich chocolate undertones to create a trifecta of cupcake perfection. Thanks to Hungry Girl Por Vida for sharing photo and recipe for these Chocolate Cupcakes With Goat Cheese Frosting & Cherry Jam Middles. 

 

35. S’mores Cupcakes

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One bite into these ooey, gooey masterpieces of nostalgia, and you’ll instantly be transported to a starry night under a crackling campfire. Thanks to Shutterbean for sharing photo and recipe for these S’mores Cupcakes.

 

36. Rainbow Cupcakes

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Why taste the rainbow when you can eat the entire thing in cupcake form? This bright and colorful recipe is sure to inject any cloudy day with a big mouthful of happy. Thanks to Skip To My Lou for sharing photo and recipe for these Rainbow Cupcakes.

 

37. Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes

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With artistic swirls of pink raspberry and smooth white chocolate, these breathtaking beauties are almost too gorgeous to consume! (But oh, the joy that awaits when you do!) Thanks to Raspberri Cupcakes for sharing photo and recipe for these anniversary Raspberry Swirl Cupcakes.

 

38. Lemon Swan Cupcakes

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These lemony vanilla cupcakes are delicate and graceful, just like the creature they imitate. Make them the centerpiece of your next spring gathering, and watch the compliments flock your way. Thanks to Top With Cinnamon for sharing photo and recipe for these Lemon Swan Cupcakes.

 

39. PB&J Cupcakes

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Peanut butter and jelly, the world’s most famous celebrity couple, have just given birth to the love child of the century, causing mouths everywhere to salivate. Thanks to Space the Spatula for sharing photo and recipe for these Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes.

 

40. Toblerone Milk Chocolate Almond Cupcakes

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The internationally-renowned triangular Swiss candy bar plays a starring role in these incredibly easy to make almond and chocolate cupcakes. Thanks to Baker By Nature for sharing photo and recipe for these Toblerone Milk Chocolate and Almond Cupcakes.

 

41. Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

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Sea salt and a dark stout such as Guinness add complexity and depth to these super rich double chocolate cupcakes. Thanks to Broma Bakery for sharing photo and recipe for these Chocolate Stout Cupcakes.

 

42. Chocolate Soft Serve Cupcakes

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These sweet treats are creatively disguised as mini ice cream cones, making for an adorable addition to any birthday party or summer festivity. Thanks to The Sugar Hit for sharing photo and recipe for these Chocolate Soft Serve Cupcakes.

 

43. Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Take a trip to the heart of Dixie by whipping up a hearty batch of these sweet and sassy crowd-pleasers. Fluffy brown sugar cream cheese frosting provides an extra layer of real Southern comfort. Thanks to Divas Can Cook for sharing photo and recipe for these Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes.

 

44. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Cupcakes

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that most things in life are made better by peanut butter. Especially when that thing is a cupcake, and that cupcake is stuffed with peanut butter, frosted with peanut butter, and a Reese’s peanut butter cup is sitting on top of it. Thanks to Crazy Little Projects for sharing photo and recipe for these Reese’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Cupcakes.

 

45. Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

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It eats like a cupcake, but looks like a creamy bowl of ice cream! Witha mound of sugary buttercream and a fresh coating of sprinkles, this cupcake is having the best kind of identity crisis! Thanks to Frugal Momeh! for sharing photo and recipe for these Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes.

 

46. Velvet Elvis Cupcakes

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Put on your blue suede shoes and mix up a batch of these peanut butter and banana infused cupcakes, befitting for all the kings and queens in your life. Thanks to The Cozy Apron for sharing photo and recipe for these Velvet Elvis Cupcakes.

 

47. Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Cupcakes

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When days turn colder and twinkling holiday lights are aglow, these cupcakes are the perfect way to usher in some holiday spirit. Season’s eatings! Thanks to Oh, Lady Cakes for sharing photo and recipe for these Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Cupcakes.

 

48. Beer Pretzel Cupcakes

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These salty and crunchy cupcakes bring the best of the bar and the bakery together in a happy marriage of true chocolate deliciousness. Thanks to Baker’s Royale for sharing photo and recipe for these Beer and Pretzel Cupcakes.

 

49. Raw Vegan Chocolate Cashew Cream 

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Creamy cashew butter makes for a clever and delicious alternative to traditional frosting, especially when combined with an undeniably rich chocolate cake base. Thanks to Raw Revive for sharing photo and recipe for these Raw Vegan Chocolate Cashew Cream Cupcakes.

 

50. Lemon Angel Food Cake With Raspberry Cream

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Light and airy angel food cake is heaven for both your mouth-and your waistline! Take you tastebuds to cloud nine with these celestial confections, which add a tarty pop of raspberry for just the right amount of sin. Thanks to Sweet Peas and Saffron for sharing photo and recipe for these Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream.

We hope you enjoyed feasting your eyes on our pick of 50 of the most deliciously decadent cupcake recipes.  The only thing better than reading about incredible cupcakes is the possibility of eating them! Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a wide-eyed novice, these recipes provide the perfect starting ground for all of your sugary, sprinkled pursuits.

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