THE MOST Creative & Unique Cupcake Recipes Ever

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Tired of the same old vanilla and chocolate? Here’s a list of some of the best cupcakes that are not only creative but unique and different as well. Take a look and see which one you’ll be making next for your upcoming birthday party or soirée!
A list of creative and unique cupcake recipes. Tired of making vanilla or chocolate cupcakes? Time to try something different! | Beat Bake Eat

1. Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Get the recipe here at Queenslee Appétit.

This recipe goes all out; there are crushed caramel popcorn pieces in the batter, the center of each cupcake is filled with caramel, then topped with caramel buttercream, caramel popcorn, and drizzled with salted caramel sauce. Wow!




2. Cereal and Milk Cupcakes

Homemade Cereal and Milk Cupcakes are topped with a cereal milk buttercream. Homemade vanilla cupcakes with cereal.

Get the recipe here at A Latte Food.

These cupcakes are made with cereal-infused milk and topped with cereal milk buttercream. This is definitely one of the most creative recipes I’ve ever come across and they look like so much fun to make and decorate!

3. Pancake Cupcakes

Get the recipe here at Tastemade.

Another breakfast themed recipe; buttermilk maple cupcakes topped with buttercream, mini pancakes, and squares of butter, and drizzled with maple syrup.  These are certainly unique.

4. Watermelon Cupcakes

green cupcakes with pink watermelon frosting with mini chocolate chips for watermelon seeds on marble background

Get the recipe here at The First Year.

These fun cupcakes scream summer! Also, the bright colors make these the perfect addition to a kids’ birthday party. The cupcakes are made with sour cream and colored with green food coloring and the frosting is actually watermelon flavored.




5. Coffee Cupcakes

Coffee cupcakes on a wooden board with cake forks and coffee beans scattered around.

Get the recipe here at Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen.

This one is for my coffee lovers. Easy-to-make brown sugar cupcakes with milk and coffee right in the batter. You’ll also find a recipe for coffee buttercream on this site that pairs perfectly with these.

6.  Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Carrot Patch Cupcakes | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Get the recipe here at Life Made Simple.

This recipe starts out with a chocolate cake mix base, crushed chocolate cookies as the “dirt”, and strawberries dipped in orange candy melts as the “carrots”. How cute!




7. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcake

Get the recipe here at Your Cup of Cake.

This is a simple doctored cake mix recipe with buttermilk and sour cream so you know these are moist! Once baked, the cupcakes are topped with homemade cinnamon toast crunch buttercream.

8. Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Get the recipe here at Life, Love, and Sugar.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love cotton candy. This idea is genius! These belong at every carnival-themed and candy-themed party.

9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes | Baking a Moment

Get the recipe here at Baking a Moment.

PB & J cupcakes filled with jam and topped with peanut butter buttercream. A classic sandwich as a cupcake. These look so good!




10. Crème Brûlée Cupcakes

Creme Brulee Cupcakes | Cooking Classy

Get the recipe here at Cooking Classy.

It’s time to bust out that kitchen torch! Homemade vanilla cupcakes with a decadent vanilla bean pastry topping coated in sugar and brûléed to la perfection.

11. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with moist pumpkin cupcakes with a rich flavor.  These Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes are made to taste just like Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte ingredients.

Get the recipe here at Swanky Recipes.

Starbucks pumpkin spice latte in cupcake form. They’re made with brewed coffee, instant coffee, cream, and pumpkin, and topped with cream cheese pumpkin spice frosting.




12. Apple Crumble Cupcakes

Apple Crumble Cupcakes

Get the recipe here at The Baking Explorer.

This recipe is inspired by one of the best cold weather desserts. These brown sugar cupcakes are filled with spiced, stewed, diced apples and topped with cinnamon buttercream. And in the center of the buttercream, more stewed apples and a delicious crumble topping.

13. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Cupcakes stuffed with cookie dough

Get the recipe here at Tidy Mom.

These cupcakes are on another level! Not only are they topped with cookie dough frosting, they’re stuffed with a cookie dough filling as well. A chocolate chip cookie lover’s dream.

14. Chai Latte Cupcakes

chai latte cupcakes on a wood slice cake stand

Get the recipe here at Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Soft and fluffy chai-infused, sour cream, spiced cupcakes topped with chai spiced buttercream. A gorgeous coffee-house inspired dessert.




15. Sangria Cupcakes

Three Sangria Cupcakes with pink frosting surrounded by fresh strawberries and blueberries on a white serving plate.

Get the recipe here at The First Year.

Fruity sour cream cupcakes with a boozy red wine buttercream on top. Eat responsibly!

16. Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

Pretty cupcakes featuring a dense funfetti cupcake and rich vanilla buttercream, decorated to look like an ice cream sundae!

Get the recipe here at Frugal Mom eh.

Buttermilk funfetti cupcakes decorated with scoops of rich vanilla buttercream, melted chocolate, sprinkles, and a cherry on top. They really do look like ice cream.

17. Tiramisu Cupcakes

AMAZING Tiramisu Cupcakes

Get the recipe here at Pretty Simple Sweet.

Soft cupcakes brushed with hot coffee syrup and topped with a creamy mascarpone frosting. These look so dreamy.




18. S’mores Brownie Cupcakes

Get the recipe here at Browned Butter Blondie.

This dessert looks dangerously good! These cupcakes have a graham cracker crust, a brownie cake layer, and a fluffy brown sugar meringue to top it all off. The recipe states that drizzling with melted chocolate and salted caramel is optional but it looks pretty mandatory to me!

19. Neapolitan Cupcakes

four Neapolitan Cupcakes on wire rack

Get the recipe here at Cooking Classy.

We all know this classic combo when it comes to ice cream but seeing it as a cupcakes is a first for me. Starting from bottom to top; a chocolate cupcake layer, a vanilla cupcake layer, and strawberry buttercream.




20. Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

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Get the recipe here at Give it Some Thyme.

Assembly for this recipe is simple; cut the cupcakes in half horizontally, spread the bottom with rich pastry cream, top with the other half, and spoon over the chocolate glaze. The execution of this idea could not be more perfect.

21. Banana Pudding Cupcakes

Banana Pudding Cupcakes

Get the recipe here at The Baker Chick.

These cupcakes have all the elements of banana pudding and everything is made completely from scratch, including the banana pudding itself and the whipped cream!




22.  Margarita Cupcakes

margarita cup cake with lime zest and lime wedge in frosting

Get the recipe here at If you give a Blonde a Kitchen.

These buttermilk lime cupcakes are made with tequila and brushed with tequila after baking. Oh, and there’s tequila in the frosting as well. So that means only 2 cupcakes per person, maximum! After that, you’re cut off.


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