Our cupcakes recipes are ideal for tea parties, birthdays and special occasions, or simply to enjoy with your favourite brew. Dainty, delicate and fun to decorate, the cupcake is an ever-appealing bake, popular with children and grown-ups alike.


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 cupcake toppings, including frosting, icing and chocolate buttercream.

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Easy cupcake recipes

Fairy cakes

Bake a classic batch of soft and spongy fairy cakes, flavoured with vanilla, to serve to friends and family at afternoon tea.

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Vanilla fairy cakes with white icing displayed on a ceramic cake stand

Red velvet cupcakes

Red velvet fans will go mad for these beautifully colourful, icing-topped cupcakes – they’re easy to make and are ready in less than an hour.

Red velvet cupcakes on a cake stand

Butterfly cakes

These cakes are ideal for an easy teatime treat. Ready in less than an hour, the wings on the buttercream topping will lift anyone’s mood.

A selection of butterfly cupcakes on a wire cake stand

Strawberry cupcakes

Light and fluffy cupcakes are kept moist thanks to the chopped-up strawberries folded into the sponge, perfect for afternoon tea.

Cupcakes topped with frosting and sliced strawberries

Carrot cake cupcakes

We've taken this classic cake and recreated it in cupcake form. These mini versions are made all the more delicious with an orange cream cheese frosting. You don't need any butter for this recipe – it calls for light olive oil instead.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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.

Coffee and Walnut Cupcakes Recipe

Classic chocolate cupcakes

Bake a gaggle of these indulgent cupcakes, and you'll make friends for life. Top with swirls of homemade chocolate buttercream.

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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 cupcakes

Baileys cupcakes

Make our sophisticated cupcakes, infused with a classic creamy tipple. Add another splash of Baileys to the buttercream for extra flavour.

Baileys cupcakes with swirled icing

Vegan chocolate cupcakes

Bake a batch of these delectable dairy-free cupcakes and top with a swirl of rich chocolate frosting for an afternoon vegan treat. No one needs to miss out on a dose of indulgence.

Chocolate cupcakes on a cake stand

Brown butter cakes (cupcakes)

Cupcakes, but not as you know them! Enjoy these light-as-a-feather buttery individual cakes, with golden chewy crust. The perfect partner for a cuppa, or an easy win for Valentine's Day!

Heart-Shaped Brown Butter Cakes

Lemon meringue cupcakes

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

Lemon Meringue Cupcake Recipe

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.

Matcha Cupcakes Recipe

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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.

Easy Lemon Cupcakes Recipe

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...

Five Halloween ghost-shaped black cupcakes, placed on a black serving board

Easter cupcakes

Bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes and top with vanilla buttercream and Cadbury Mini Eggs for an easy Easter treat.

Easter Cupcakes Recipe

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.

Raspberry and Chocolate Brownie Cakes Recipe

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.

Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

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.

Honey Cakes Recipe

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.

Blackberry Chocolate Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream

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