Are you looking for some new cupcake recipes that are easy to make? Maybe you just want a simple recipe to follow, but all the ones that you find are full of fancy and expensive ingredients that you don’t have.
While these recipes are delicious and sure to make the cupcake that you want, what will you do with all the leftover ingredients? Are you going to use the expensive ingredients or will they simply gather dust in the back of your pantry?
The last thing you want to do is waste ingredients or spend more money than you want on some cupcakes.
So what can you do?
Well, you can check out our easy cupcake recipes! We have 40 delicious recipes coming up for you to choose from.
Whether you want a simple recipe with a few ingredients or a new cupcake style to try, we have a recipe that works for you! So let’s dive in to get you a new cupcake recipe today!
First up, we have this delicious vanilla cupcake recipe! Vanilla cupcakes are among the easiest cupcakes to make, and these always turn out fluffy and delicious! This recipe makes 12 delicious cupcakes with a few simple ingredients!
If you want to make the cupcake vegan, swap out the eggs and buttermilk for some vegan butter and a splash of plant milk. The cupcakes will still be light and fluffy but without any animal-based ingredients.
If you love cupcakes and cookie dough, then why not bring the two of them together with this tasty cupcake recipe?
The cupcakes feature mini-chocolate chips throughout and a cookie dough filling that is to die for!
This recipe is eggless too, and you can swap the condensed milk for soya milk too if you want to remove dairy and still enjoy a creamy and tasty cake!
These cakes are brilliant when topped with some cookie dough frosting and a mini cookie. They are the perfect party treat!
Why not transform your usual carrot cake into some super easy cupcakes? The moist cupcake is full of yummy treats like nuts and raisins that can make this cake seem like a healthy option!
If you can, try to toast the nuts before you include them. This boosts their taste and will take your carrot cake to the next level.
And why not add more spice by adding some orange zest to the batter? Trust us, this carrot cake recipe is super easy and looks like you put in way more effort than you did!
Moist chocolate cupcakes can be super tricky to make, but with this recipe, they have never been easier!
What we love about this recipe is that you can add different flavors to it to create the perfect chocolate cake for you.
Whether that is coffee, salted caramel, or vanilla, you can enjoy a chocolate cupcake that suits your taste.
Make sure you use unsweetened cocoa powder for this recipe, and why not add some espresso powder to it too and see how great it tastes?
If you aren’t a natural baker or looking for a recipe to make with kids, then these lazy vanilla cupcakes are the one for you!
Just like our other vanilla cupcake recipe, there are hardly any ingredients needed! All of the ingredients are super cheap too, so you can enjoy cupcakes on a budget!
They only take 18 minutes to cook too, making them a super easy and quick recipe that will keep children entertained!
Why not make it a party and allow them to decorate their own cupcake? It will keep them quiet and save you the trouble of doing it yourself!
Red velvet is a popular cake, so why not make some miniature versions with this delicious cupcake recipe? Enjoy a bright red crumb and white frosting, with some delicious hints of vanilla and cocoa.
The most important part is to use your red food coloring to ensure that these cupcakes are as bright as possible!
They are a real crowd pleaser and their cream cheese frosting always wins over guests! Plus the recipe is super easy to follow, so why not make these delicious treats?
These cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat to enjoy on a summer’s day. You get a brilliant color on the cupcakes and a sweet taste that you are sure to enjoy!
And there is also a hint of tartness that takes these cupcakes to the next level.
The recipe is easy to follow too, and you can swap the fresh raspberries out for frozen ones if you can’t find them!
Just make sure they defrost thoroughly before you cook with them to avoid any excess moisture in the cake mixture.
If you love a rich and decadent chocolate cake, these cupcakes are the one for you!
The cupcakes are packed full of layers of rich chocolate cake, filled with chocolate chips, and a rich chocolatey frosting! This is a cupcake for hard-core chocolate fans.
It is also incredibly easy to make and you can garnish it as you see fit. We think some sliced strawberries, chocolate drops, or a cookie works well on top of these rich and delicious cupcakes!
Looking for a festive treat for your Christmas party? These peppermint chocolate cupcakes are sure to be a crowd pleaser, but with minimal effort from yourself!
This recipe is a little longer to make than others on the list, but you don’t need that many ingredients. Plus, you can enlist the help of your children to make these tasty festive cupcakes!
The recipe is super easy to follow and in just under an hour, you can be enjoying a wonderful cupcake!
10. Lemon Cupcakes
If you want a zesty treat, then try out these lemon cupcakes! They are fresh and tasty and they will look fantastic on your table!
The recipe calls for a lot of zest, so make sure to blitz it with sugar to avoid the crumb being too grainy.
You can top them with lemon frosting too for a light and zesty cupcake that will have everyone licking their lips!
If you love strawberry shortcakes, then these cupcakes are sure to be a hit with you! The recipe works best with fresh strawberries, so hold off on buying them until the day you plan to make these cupcakes.
Don’t forget to add the fruit a little before serving, as this allows the juices to soak into the cupcake. It gives you some extra sweetness, without any effort from yourself. How easy is that!
If you love Neapolitan ice cream, then these cupcakes are the one for you! They look stunning with their layers of pink frosting and yellow and chocolate cake.
Whether you are looking for a Saturday afternoon treat or a crowd pleaser for a birthday party, this is the cake recipe for you!
The cupcakes are super easy to make too! You can either make your cake from scratch or to save yourself time, use some cake mix instead!
It will still taste fantastic and means you can save some money on fresh ingredients you might not use again. It’s a win for us!
Do you have some Twix bars lying around and don’t fancy eating them? Then turn them into cupcakes with this super easy recipe!
The cupcakes feature a shortbread base, caramel filling, and plenty of chocolate frosting! Top them with chunks or crumble a Twix bar over them and you are sure to have a chocolate cupcake with some gooey caramel!
The recipe makes a whopping 30 cupcakes too! Whether you need some cupcakes for a bake sale or party, it’s a perfect choice!
If you are a fan of Starbucks’ signature drink, then these cupcakes are the perfect option for you!
The cupcakes feature coffee in both the cupcake and the frosting, for a good dose of caffeine to set your morning up or keep you energized throughout the day!
Serve them with a green straw too to give them a true Starbucks feel!
Cupcakes with a grown-up twist! These Bailey’s cupcakes are super tasty, with a boozy addition you are sure to love. These cupcakes work well throughout the year, but we think they are best served after dinner or around the festive period.
The recipe makes eighteen delicious cupcakes with hardly any ingredients too! It’s super simple and it can be made vegan easily too! Simply swap out the eggs, butter, and Baileys for a vegan option and you are good to go!
If you love cinnamon, you are sure to love these cupcakes! This is one of the longer recipes to make, with a total time of 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it is the perfect way to pass a rainy afternoon, especially if you have children to entertain!
The cupcakes themselves only require four ingredients too and there aren’t many more in the buttercream!
Most of these ingredients can be found in your pantry too, so you might not even need to leave the house to satisfy your cupcake craving!
If you want a bright and colorful cupcake, then these rainbow swirl ones are the ones for you! These cupcakes are a real show stopper, and can be a fantastic addition to any Pride party or event!
The cupcakes are super easy to make, and can be done in just four steps! By using a cake mix from a box, you can save time and still enjoy a delicious cupcake that is sure to wow your guests!
This decadent cupcake recipe is perfect for hazelnut lovers, and requires minimal effort! They are super quick and easy to make and the hidden Ferrero Rocher is sure to be a surprise for you and your guests!
We recommend chopping the chocolates too and sprinkling some on top of the frosting for an extra dose of delicious hazelnuts!
If you want an alternative to toasting champagne on New Year, why not have a cupcake instead? These cupcakes are beautiful! They are super light, fluffy, and packed with a boozy punch you are sure to love!
You can also use alcohol-free champagne if you want to enjoy the taste but without the headache!
A cheaper option also is to use some Prosecco instead. It’s a fraction of the price, and once the cakes are baked, you would never know!
20. S’mores Cupcakes
We are halfway through our list now and have these fantastic cupcakes for you! S’mores cupcakes are super easy to make, thanks to their graham cracker base, chocolate cupcake mix, and marshmallow frosting! They sound delicious, don’t they?
Simply top the cupcakes with some chocolate sauce and a crushed graham cracker and you are sure to enjoy a s’more, whether you have a roaring fire or not!
If you don’t like the bright red color of a Red Velvet cupcake, then why not try these pink pastel cupcakes? These cakes are beautiful, truly Instagram-worthy, and they are super easy to make!
We love them on Valentine’s Day, topped with some edible pink hearts, or you can serve them all year round!
Imagine how cute these will look at a tea party? The recipe is super simple to follow, and with a total time of 30 minutes, you can whip these up whenever you fancy a cupcake!
If you love chocolate-covered strawberries, then add them to these chocolate strawberry cupcakes easily!
The frosting is packed full of delicious strawberry flavor, which compliments the chocolate cupcake beautifully!
These cupcakes are easy to make and are lovely to serve at a party, event, or on those evenings when you need a rich pick-me-up! Most of the ingredients will be found in most pantries, so you can make these easily!
If you love coconut, then these are the cupcakes for you! The raspberry filling compliments the coconut beautifully, giving the cupcakes a sharpness you are sure to love!
The recipe makes a whopping 24 cupcakes, but you can adjust the quantities easily if you want to make less.
For those looking to make vegan cakes, swap the eggs for some vegan butter, and use plant milk and vegan butter for the frosting and you are good to go!
These small and easy changes mean you can still make delicious cupcakes, no matter your diet!
If you loved the Twix cupcakes earlier, you are sure to love these Snickers cupcakes!
By chopping up some Snickers, you can add some fantastic flavor and texture to your cupcakes. The combination of the caramel filling, peanut butter frosting, and chocolate cupcake is one to die for!
Enjoy 14 cupcakes that cook in just 20 minutes and are the perfect pick-me-up when you need something sweet!
If you like the classic Italian dessert, why not put a spin on it with these cupcakes? They are easy to make and even easier to transport than a traditional Tiramisu!
The secret to success here is to soak your cupcakes in coffee syrup to ensure the flavor packs a punch! After all, who wants a weak coffee or coffee-tasting cupcake?
Seal the deal with some mascarpone and cocoa dusting and you are good to go! These are perfect for, after dinner, a mid-afternoon treat, or to wow your friends at a party. Why not give them a try today?
These cupcakes are a fantastic spin on the humble vanilla cupcake! By using brown sugar, you depend on the color of the cupcake and the flavor too!
The addition of salted caramel is delicious too, although you could leave it out if you wished to just make a vanilla cupcake.
They are the perfect gooey treat, and as they are so easy to make, you will want to have this recipe in your repertoire!
If you love a key lime pie, why not try these delicious cupcakes? These cupcakes are super light and zesty, the perfect addition for a summer party!
The lime flavor shines through these cupcakes, you will never need to worry about these tasting bland!
We like adding some crushed graham crackers around the edges before serving for a great addition of texture!
If you love sugar cookies, then you will want to try these sugar cookies cupcakes! They taste just like your favorite cookie and the addition of pink frosting makes them super tasty!
You can add any color frosting you want, but we think the pink frosting makes it perfect for a child’s party or even Valentine’s!
Are you out of eggs but want some cupcakes? Then this is the recipe for you! The eggless cakes can be made with a few simple ingredients that you are sure to have at home (see also ‘33 Easy To Make Eggless Cake Recipes‘).
Swap the milk for plant milk and butter for vegan butter and you will have some easy vegan cupcakes too!
Chocolate and red wine are always a winning combination, so why not combine the two in your next cupcake batch?
They are super romantic and delicious cupcakes that are sure to leave you wanting more! We think they are a good option to make on date night or to serve to your adult guests after a dinner party.
This recipe is a modern twist on the classic flavor, black forest. You can jazz these cupcakes up by topping them with chocolate shavings, sprinkles, and some fresh cherries!
You could also use frozen cherries if that is all you have access to, but be sure to let them thaw first so no excess moisture enters your cupcakes!
If you love Nutella, then you are sure to love these tasty cupcakes! Not only are they stuffed with Nutella, but topped with raspberry frosting and a fresh raspberry!
Raspberry and chocolate go together perfectly, and the Nutella provides a smooth, nuttiness you won’t want to be without!
The recipe is super easy to follow too, just be sure you use the tips it suggests to make your job even easier! After all, baking should be fun, not hard!
We have another super simple chocolate cupcake recipe for you! This one is super chocolatey, with a chocolate cream cheese frosting that is outstanding!
You can play with the frosting too, so no matter your taste buds, you can create a frosting that best suits you!
If you love a banana split, you are sure to love these cupcakes! Top your cupcakes with ice cream, chocolate sauce, bananas, and lots of whipped cream! It’s super sweet and will satisfy your craving for ice cream and cake in one go!
These cupcakes are perfect for the festive season! Teamed with cinnamon browned butter buttercream, you can enjoy some deep and ginger-y cupcakes that will satisfy any craving you might have!
These cupcakes are also far easier to make than gingerbread men, and can be done with children too, to get them in the holiday spirit!
Let’s combine another of your two favorites now, cheesecake and cupcakes! These cupcakes are the perfect alternative to a baked cheesecake!
They are easier to make and take far less time too, so you never need to worry about not having enough time!
They can also be frozen and the recipe can be tailored to include any flavors you might have at home! Whether you want vanilla, chocolate, lemon, or strawberry cheesecake, you can make it easily with this recipe!
We have a secret for you, it doesn’t need to be anyone’s birthday to make some birthday cake! And if you are short on time, these cupcakes are super easy to make!
They are also a massive crowd pleaser when it comes to children’s parties, especially when they see the funfetti!
Add some sprinkles and leave the batter to sit to let the colors bleed and create some colorful cupcakes for everyone to enjoy!
For those that can’t choose between a vanilla and chocolate cupcake, we have this ultimate marble cupcake recipe! The flavors work well together, without much more work from yourself.
Top these cupcakes with chocolate and vanilla swirls of frosting and you can enjoy the combination of vanilla and chocolate from the start to the bottom of the cupcake!
Mix your favorite cocktail with cupcakes for a delicious and sweet cupcake with this recipe! The sweet pineapple works beautifully with the fluffy cupcakes, and the addition of crushed pineapples adds a wonderful texture too!
We think these cakes are best enjoyed on the beach or in the sunshine, it will feel like you are on holiday!
40. Cherry Cupcakes
Let’s end today’s list with another fruity cupcake! These cupcakes are perfect for those that love a bright and chewy treat, as the cupcake is full of color and fruity flavor.
You don’t have to make the cupcakes pink if you don’t want to, but we think it gives them an extra special edge that you and any guests are sure to love!
And there you have it, 40 easy cupcake recipes that you are sure to love! All of these recipes are easy to make and full of ingredients that are affordable and easy to purchase.
Whether you want a chocolatey hit or a fresh and fruity cupcake, we are sure you will have found the recipe you need today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you leave us today, get your last-minute questions answered below!
Can I Make Cupcakes Vegan?
Yes! Cupcakes are super easy to make vegan! You simply need to swap any eggs, milk, or butter for vegan options.
You can use vegetable oil or plant-based butter instead of eggs and butter, and plant-based milk instead of dairy products.
Usually, you swap them for identical quantities and you can enjoy a tasty cupcake without any animal-based products!
How Long Do Cupcakes Take To Cook?
Typically, your cupcakes will bake in the oven for 18 minutes. Of course, this does vary depending on the ingredients used and the recipe you have followed, so be sure to check there before you preheat your oven!
What Makes Cupcakes Light And Fluffy?
The best way to get your cupcakes light and fluffy is to use your eggs (or butter) once they have warmed to room temperature.
They are still safe to cook with, but the mixture will mix easily and offer you a light and fluffy cake batter.
At room temperature, your butter will soften too, making it even easier to work with!