There are cupcakes and there are show-stopping cupcakes, and the ones featured here really do taste as good as they look, and believe us – they look divine! For instance, did you know you can create a beach scene on a sponge, or bake bacon into a sweet cake? We didn’t either, but we can guarantee that you’ll be getting busy in the kitchen when you see the unique birthday cupcakes we’ve gathered together for you.
Bring a smile to everyone’s face with a platter of these stunning rainbow cupcakes, which are layered with vibrant colors and topped with a fluffy cloud of bright white frosting.
oh Henry Candy Bar Birthday Cupcakes
These ‘Oh Henry’ birthday cupcakes are a sight to behold – who could resist the swirls of chocolate-drizzled caramel buttercream frosting, let alone the choccy and peanut butter sponge cake underneath?
You can’t look for cupcakes recipes without considering unicorn ones, and this tutorial is double the magical fun as the pink, purple, and blue topping conceals a piñata cake underneath.
Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes
Chocolate icebox cupcakes are super simple to make and are ideal if you’re looking for something a little different to the classic cupcake – those cream-infused chocolate layers are unbelievably good.
Strawberry Cupcakes With Strawberry Frosting
Strawberries are surely the taste of summer, and these pretty pink cakes use real berries to flavor both the cake and the Swiss meringue buttercream which sits beautifully on top.
Toddlers love making mud pies, but what about making them dirt cupcakes as a special birthday treat? These delightful morsels are sprinkled with crushed Oreo ‘dirt’, and topped with candy worms.
Sea Otter Birthday Cupcakes
Fans of Finding Dory will go crazy for these adorable sea otter cupcakes; not only are they delicious to eat, but they feature the cutest little otter faces you’ll ever see.
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
If you’re baking for a man who thinks cupcakes are all pink and sparkly, these maple bacon ones use bacon grease in the cake, and are topped with crispy bacon pieces.
Chocolate Bombshell Birthday Cupcakes
Making cakes is easy when you’re baking for a chocoholic, but even the most devoted cocoa connoisseur will be impressed with these chocolate bombshell cupcakes – they’re chocolate heaven in miniature form.
Vanilla Buttercream Birthday Cupcakes
Sometimes simple is best, especially if you’re feeling nostalgic, and these Best Birthday Cupcakes are everything an old-school cake should be – light, fluffy, and topped with buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles.
Lovers of Neapolitan ice cream will adore these tri-color cupcakes which take the chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla flavors onto a whole other level, and they’re made from ready-made cake mix, too!
Twix Stuffed Cupcakes
These fluffy cupcakes are based on the delicious Twix bars – milk chocolate frosting, caramel drizzle, and shortbread cookies, and even hide a piece of the real thing inside for an extra surprise.
Get creative with some plastic sporks and a few accessories and you will be able to make these adorable cupcakes which are topped with homemade versions of Forky, from Toy Story 4.
A great recipe to have in anyone’s baking armory, this recipe will form the basis of endless variations such as red velvet, birthday cake, chocolate, or even lemon and blueberry flavors.
Dog Birthday Cupcakes
No family member should be left out of birthday celebrations, and that includes the dog. These pupcakes are gluten-free, vegan, and packed with fruits and vegetables for a healthier treat.
Magical Birthday Cupcakes
It’s not just kids who love Lucky Charms, which makes these magical birthday cupcakes ideal for adults too, as they come topped with a handful of the deliciously ‘charming’ cereal.
Whether they watch Vampira or not, they’ll be spellbound by these beautiful cupcakes which are topped with incredible swirls of mystical glittery purple and white frosting which looks fab against the chocolate.
Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes
These funfetti birthday cupcakes would suit a mermaid or unicorn-themed party, or, if you use darker colors you could even have a galaxy effect with the marbled icing on the top.
Beach Birthday Cupcakes
These beach-themed cupcakes are adorable, and so easy to make! With blue frosting for the ocean and cracker crumbs for the beach, all they need are cocktail umbrellas for a totally tropical feel.
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