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Best ever cupcake recipes

Dainty, delicate and fun to decorate, the cupcake is an ever-appealing bake, popular with children and grown-ups alike. From classic frosted lemon fairy cakes and indulgent blackberry and chocolate cakes, to the more unusual matcha cupcakes, this collection is bound to inspire.

Check out our easy cupcake recipes. Our cupcakes are ideal for tea parties, birthdays and special occasions, or simply to enjoy with your favourite brew.

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We have chocolate cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, and some cupcake ideas for special occasions, including ghostly Halloween cupcakes and lemon meringue for Valentine’s Day. 

If you want to know how to make buttercream frosting then we have a guide to icing cupcakes, including frosting, icing and chocolate buttercream.


Jaffa cupcakes

Check out these fun and easy orange cupcakes with silky smooth chocolate frosting and old school Jaffa cakes. Make these cupcakes for an impressive alternative to a showstopping birthday cake.

Jaffa Cake Cupcakes Recipe

Lemon meringue cupcakes

Make these cute lemon meringue cupcakes to show someone you love them – easy to make and perfect for sharing


Coffee and walnut cupcakes

Coffee and walnut cake is a teatime favourite. With this recipe, we’ve given it a modern makeover by giving it the cupcake treatment. Pipe the icing sky-high for maximum cake drama.


Matcha cupcakes

Matcha cupcakes are a trending flavour at the moment, matcha is ground green tea and we’ve also seen it being used in doughnuts, snow cones and green tea ice cream. Try our easy recipe with a white chocolate melting middle.


Want to know how to ice cupcakes? Here is our 20 second video from our expert baking team…


Melted snowman cupcakes

Check out these super cute melted snowmen. These easy-to-make cupcakes are great fun to bake with the whole family and make for quick and easy Christmas party food.

Melted Snowman Cupcakes Recipe

Frosted lemon fairy cakes 

These cute little lemon cupcakes would work equally well for a kids party, baby shower or just a treat to serve with afternoon tea. If you are short of time make the sponges ahead and store in an airtight box then ice on the day.


Black velvet ghost cupcakes

These spooktacular black velvet Halloween cupcakes are so terrifyingly tasty that not even the most high strung of paranormal investigators would argue about keeping them around…

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Coconut cupcakes

These pretty coconut cupcakes use sweet coconutty Malibu to add a boozy hit to afternoon tea.

Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

Raspberry and chocolate brownie cakes

Gooey and indulgent, chocolate brownies don’t need to be so square – you can use the mixture to make these fabulous cakes with added raspberries. These are quite delicate, so use a flexible 8–hole muffin tin (the rubbery ones), or line a rigid tin with paper cases.


Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes 

Everyone loves a good cupcake. These classic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes are simple and make the perfect treat for any occasion – time to put the kettle on.


Sticky honey cakes

This recipe for sticky honey cakes is really easy to make and they look great. The combination of honey, lemon and ginger works really well together and they’re surprisingly low-cal.

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Blackberry and chocolate cakes

These indulgent show-off mini cakes are very easy to make and are perfect for a mid-afternoon treat. Peruvian chocolate or a dark blend will work best with the blackberries in these cakes.