As rated by our readers, here are a dozen of our best cupcake recipes.
One of today's most popular desserts, cupcakes are the talk of the town. Whether it's making a batch for your family, treating
your co-workers, or just a little something for yourself, these small delights seem to always fit the bill. Our readers have
been quick to let us know which of our cupcakes reign supreme. We've compiled the best recipes here, where you're sure to
find something to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.
First up: Top tender apple cupcakes with a sweet and crunchy topping of brown sugar and almonds, then drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze. The amaretto adds an even more distinct almond flavor to the cupcakes, but if you don't have it, you can use almond extract instead.
View Recipe: Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes
The frosting takes this red velvet cupcake recipe from great to fantastic. The secret? Use real butter and real cream cheese.
The results are mouthwateringly good.
View Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes
Lemon and blueberry flavors give these cupcakes a great taste. Blueberries or fresh, edible flowers make an easy, pretty decoration.
View Recipe: Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes
Mini chocolate chips are dispersed in these adorable individual angel food cakes—a perfect choice for a birthday party or
View Recipe: Chocolate Chip Angel Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting
These cupcakes are easy to make, and because simple ingredients are used, it's best to purchase premium cocoa powder and dark
chocolate. Since they're studded with dark chocolate chunks, just dusting them with powdered sugar is enough to decorate these
treats. Bake them in muffin cup liners. A dozen of these are a terrific treat to bring to coworkers at the office.
View Recipe: Double-Chocolate Cupcakes
If you're one to equate vanilla with plain and boring, this recipe will change your opinion. A touch of butter adds rich,
luxurious flavor to the meringue, but, if you prefer a fluffy, snow-white cap, omit the butter as we did for the photo.
View Recipe: Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting
Dried and fresh ginger heighten the flavor of these cupcakes. They rise best when baked in foil liners. Start with three teaspoons
lemon juice when making the glaze, and add the extra teaspoon if you want a thinner consistency.
View Recipe: Double Ginger Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze
Cream cheese and peppermint candies yield a mildly sweet, tangy frosting that complements the rich, chocolaty cupcakes.
View Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting
Top these lemon-scented angel food cupcakes with tiny edible pansy blossoms or rosebuds for decoration. Store extra cupcakes
in an airtight container, or send them home with guests as party favors.
View Recipe: Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes
Unlike their full-fat cousins, which get their softness from oil and butter, light cakes rely less on fat and more on sugar
and liquids. More sugar minimizes the development of gluten proteins (the primary source of toughness in cakes), but it can
also cause excess browning, especially if dairy products are present. Pull the cake from the oven when a wooden pick inserted
in the center comes out with moist crumbs still clinging to it.
View Recipe: Walnut Cupcakes with Maple Frosting Recipe
These pint-size desserts feature the best of Maple syrup, which is found in both the cupcake and the frosting. The frosting
gets an extra dose of maple goodness thanks to the addition of maple flavoring. Top these cuties with a walnut or, for a sweet-and-salty
twist, crumbled bacon.
View Recipe: Double-Maple Cupcakes
Instant coffee intensifies the chocolate richness of these cupcakes. If you're hosting a holiday party, top them off with
themed candies or sprinkles. For thicker frosting, cover and chill for 10 minutes before spreading on the cupcakes. Refrigerate
frosted cupcakes overnight; cover lightly with plastic wrap, or store them in an airtight container.
View Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting