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
Bake a classic batch of soft and spongy fairy cakes, flavoured with vanilla, to serve to friends and family at afternoon tea.
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.
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.
Light and fluffy cupcakes are kept moist thanks to the chopped-up strawberries folded into the sponge, perfect for afternoon tea.
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.
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.
Bake a gaggle of these indulgent cupcakes, and you'll make friends for life. Top with swirls of homemade chocolate buttercream.
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.
Make our sophisticated cupcakes, infused with a classic creamy tipple. Add another splash of Baileys to the buttercream for extra flavour.
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.
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!
Make these cute lemon meringue cupcakes to show someone you love them - easy to make and perfect for sharing
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...
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.
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.
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...
Bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes and top with vanilla buttercream and Cadbury Mini Eggs for an easy Easter treat.
These pretty coconut cupcakes use sweet coconutty Malibu to add a boozy hit to afternoon tea.
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.
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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.
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.
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.