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20 Cute Cupcakes for Happy Occasions

Cute cupcakes add an extra layer of fun to birthdays, Halloween, tailgating, Easter and more.

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Get ready to express your creativity with all of these playful recipes and watch the smiles appear!

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Strawberry Muffin ConesTaste of Home

Strawberry Muffin Cones

This is a delightful, fun way to serve a cupcake. I share these with the neighborhood kids and they love the ice cream cone look and ease of eating. Adults who try them say snacking on them makes them feel like kids again. —Barb Kietzer, Niles, Michigan

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Berry-Topped White CupcakesTaste of Home

Berry-Topped White Cupcakes

Guests just love these yummy white cupcakes that are topped with a cream cheese frosting. The strawberry-blueberry garnish makes them the perfect treat for a patriotic-themed party on Memorial Day or Fourth of July. —Judy Kenninger, Brownsburg, Indiana

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Rainbow CupcakesTaste of Home

Rainbow Cupcakes

I’ve been making these colorful cupcakes with my mom since I was in high school. The cheery sweets are as fun to make as they are to eat. —Tammy Quinn, Lynden, Ontario

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Sunshine CupcakesTaste of Home

Sunshine Cupcakes

Want to put a smile on someone's face? Look no further than these cheery cupcakes! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Elf CupcakesTaste of Home

Elf Cupcakes

Rich and buttery vanilla cupcakes have a tender crumb and make a perfect base for these whimsical elves lost in fluffy frosting. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Easter Basket CupcakesTaste of Home

Easter Basket Cupcakes

My mother and I would make these when I was growing up, and I had just as much fun sharing the same experience with my own children when they were young. —Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas

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Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolaty FrostingTaste of Home

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolaty Frosting

I begged my aunt for this recipe when I was 16 years old, and it's still my very favorite. The silly monster eyes give these devilish cupcakes some Halloween fun! They are always on my husband's short list for special desserts. —Dawn Koestner, St. Louis Park, Minnesota

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Chocolate Cream CupcakesTaste of Home

Chocolate Cream Cupcakes

My favorite hockey team the Boston Bruins inspired these cupcakes. Add a love note on top using a little white icing. —Alisa Christensen, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

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Santa CupcakesTaste of Home

Santa Cupcakes

My kids leave out at least one cupcake for Santa on Christmas Eve. These seemed appropriate! —Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota

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Batter Up! CupcakesTaste of Home

Batter Up! Cupcakes

These three-ingredient treats are amazingly easy, so you'll hit dessert out of the park and whip up a batch. They're a perfect last-minute party treat. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Ghost Cupcake ConesTaste of Home

Ghost Cupcake Cones

Scare up a good treat using prepared cake mix, ice cream cones and whipped topping. These “ghosts” are as easy as child’s play. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Out-Of-This-World CupcakesTaste of Home

Out-Of-This-World Cupcakes

These are a cinch to bake—and even more fun to decorate! Save the decorating fun for a party activity, and let the kids top their cakes any way they want. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Petal CupcakesTaste of Home

Petal Cupcakes

You just need a few pantry ingredients to whip up these pretty flowers. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Pumpkin Caramel CupcakesTaste of Home

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes

Not only do kids love to eat these cupcakes, they can help bake them, too. To make things even easier for them, we got the idea to dunk them in premade caramel apple dip instead of using frosting. —Donna Schaab, Belleville, Illinois

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Flutter By CupcakesTaste of Home

Flutter By Cupcakes

The best thing about these little cakes is that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now! Fruit Loops, licorice, M&M's and pretzels are all common ingredients that make up an uncommonly adorable treat! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Firecracker CupcakesTaste of Home

Firecracker Cupcakes

These no-fuss treats are so much fun to make with kids, and they put a spark in Fourth of July parties. You can tint the whipped topping red and blue to make the frosting festive, too. —Erin Glass, White Hall, Maryland

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Truffle Football CupcakesTaste of Home

Truffle Football Cupcakes

These luscious truffles combine peanut butter and chocolate deliciously. They're terrific shaped into balls for a holiday treat tray. But they also make snappy footballs on top of cupcakes for a tailgate party or any gathering to cheer on your favorite team. —Kim Barker, Richmond, Texas

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Best Friend CupcakesTaste of Home

Best Friend Cupcakes

These adorable little pups are double the fun when served with edible "Scooby-Snacks" graham crackers that look like real dog treats. Kids will get a kick out of the presentation. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Bride and Groom CupcakesTaste of Home

Bride and Groom Cupcakes

Who doesn't love a bitty bite of cake? For party-day ease, make the cupcakes one month before and freeze. Prep the accessories two days ahead and store at room temp in an airtight container. Whip up the frosting and assemble the cupcakes in no time on the big day! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Easter Bunny CupcakesTaste of Home

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, these cupcakes definitely bring out the cute factor. So this Easter, delight adults and kids alike with these adorable bunny cupcakes. Hop to it! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team

Dana Meredith
Dana is an editor and writer who shares her passion for travel, food and the beauty of American landscapes. When she's not wielding her red pen, she can be found tending her flower gardens, remodeling her house, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry or dancing to "Uptown Funk."