Cupcake Recipes from Scratch

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Homemade Cupcakes in Every Flavor

Who doesn't love cupcakes? When I was a kid, they basically only came in two varieties - chocolate and vanilla - and were pretty much reserved for kids' birthday parties. Today, of course, cupcakes are everywhere from weddings to gourmet restaurants. And adults have finally come out of the closet and admitting to loving them, too.

But why buy cupcakes from an expensive bakery when you can make these single-serving treats right at home with little work and a whole lot less money? These...MORE cupcake recipes are easy to make from scratch and taste every bit as delicate and tender as the ones you'd get from those fancy cupcake shops.

  • 01 of 08
    Vanilla cupcakes
    Meike Bergmann/Getty Images

    Plain vanilla is never plain if you use the right recipe. These cupcakes have a wonderfully light and tender crumb. And for a sweet, yet understated, finish, top them with my buttercream frosting.

  • 02 of 08
    chocolate malted cupcakes
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    One of the things that makes this recipe special is the combination of regular granulated sugar and brown sugar. The brown sugar adds just a hint of molasses flavor (you don't really notice it - it's more of a background richness) to these cupcakes. 

  • 03 of 08
    Lemon Cupcakes
    Diana Rattray

    This lemon cupcakes have a light, citrusy flavor that perfectly complements buttercream or cream cheese frosting. I like to make these cupcakes for spring celebrations, like Easter, Mother's Day or graduation parties.

  • 04 of 08
    Red velvet cupcakes
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    If you're a true Southerner, you wouldn't dare serve a red velvet cake or cupcakes without a boiled frosting, but I like my red velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting, and I think it works especially well with these cupcakes. These cupcakes are fun for parties and 4th of July celebrations.
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  • 05 of 08
    Carrot Cake Cupcakes
    Stephanie Gallagher

    These cupcakes are best topped with cream cheese frosting in my opinion, but feel free to use what you like. Feel free to add walnuts if you like.

  • 06 of 08
    chocolate cupcakes recipe, black bottom, cheesecake, mini-cupcakes, dessert, receipts
    Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The local delis I used to go to as a kid always had black bottoms. I thought everyone knew about them until I grew older and realized they weren't popular everywhere. These cupcakes have a chocolate cakey base and a chocolate-chip studded cheesecake topping that serves as a self-made frosting. It's a wonderful combination that both kids and adults like.
  • 07 of 08
    Strawberry cupcakes
    Anouk de Maar/Getty Images
    Fresh strawberries flavor both the cupcakes and the frosting of this incredible recipe. Of course, these cupcakes taste best when fresh strawberries are in season.
  • 08 of 08
    Hummingbird Cupcakes
    Courtesy of Georgetown Cupcake
    Hummingbird cake is sort of like a banana-flavored carrot cake. It's fruity and moist and nutty. This recipe comes from the famed Georgetown Cupcake bakery.