Cupcakes Collection

A selection of delightful cupcake recipes and inspiration for all levels.

Sweet potato & orange cupcakes

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene (a source of vitamin A), and eating fat with beta carotene rich foods helps the body absorb vitamins, so using them

Cappuccino cupcakes

This unusual icing only takes a couple of minutes to make. Once these cupcakes are iced you can let them set or eat while they’re still sticky – it’s up to you!

Banana & honey cupcakes

Bananas lend themselves to natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey. Add walnuts to offset the sweetness and to give the cupcakes a little crunch.

Crisp rice cupcakes

These simple no-bake cupcakes are great fun for the budding young chef to try.

Cherry cupcakes

Chocolate baskets filled with Kirsch cream and fresh cherries are delightful treats to serve at a dinner party.

Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting

These fun cupcakes will brighten up any kid’s party.

White chocolate & raspberry cupcakes

Sweet juicy raspberries and creamy white chocolate go together so well. These delicious light and fluffy cupcakes are perfect served with afternoon tea.

Triple chocolate muffins

Muffins are different to cupcakes, they should be made quickly and the mixture stirred only until it comes together.

Eggy cupcakes

Don’t worry – you won’t have to crack whole eggs to get this lovely sunny-side-up look. Serve these cupcakes for breakfast with a glass of freshly squeezed juice.

How does your garden grow?

Even if you don’t have green fingers, you can still have a garden atop a cupcake.

Gluten-free pecan cupcakes

Gluten-free flour has a variety of uses. Look for it in speciality food or health shops. Add a little more liquid than you would when using normal flour, since it will be absorbed.

Rhubarb & ginger cupcakes

The combination of rhubarb and ginger is magnificent. It is believed that rhubarb originated in China, where it was used for its medicinal properties.

Florentine cupcakes

Savour la dolce vita when you bite into these Italian-inspired cupcakes.

Lavender & honey cupcakes

The marriage of lavender and honey is truly wonderful. If you can find lavender honey, it will enhance the flavour even more.

Fennel cupcakes

Lightly crushed fennel seeds give this cupcake a sweet liquorice flavour. In India, they are chewed after meals to refresh the breath.

Dairy-free berry cupcakes

These little treats are wonderful for the lactose-intolerant cupcake lover.

Chocolate ice cream cupcakes

It’s best to move these cupcakes from freezer to refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

Skinny vanilla raspberry cupcakes

These cupcakes are made with low-fat spread to reduce calories, but they don’t miss out on taste – they have the intense flavour that comes from using real vanilla. Vanilla paste is a convenient and economical way to get the speckled look and vibrant flavour of fresh vanilla, but it varies by manufacturer, so check the label to see how many teaspoons equal one fresh pod.

Chai cupcakes

Chai is a spiced Indian tea made with frothy warm milk – almost like an Indian cappuccino! This cupcake captures its light, spicy flavour.

G.i. carrot cupcakes

These cupcakes are perfect for those using the glycaemic index to monitor their diet. Low glycaemic foods release their sugars slowly – and are thus more beneficial for maintaining blood sugar levels.

Mint chocolate cupcakes

Mint is a versatile herb that complements both sweet and savoury dishes.

Chocolate vegan cupcakes

To make this authentically vegan, you must use specially labelled vegan chocolate chips.

Spanish orange syrup cupcakes

Make these sticky cupcakes in advance to let the syrup soak through.

Ultimate flourless choc cupcakes

For maximum luxury, top with chocolate cream.

Low-fat carrot & nut cupcakes

The low-fat version of the classic American cake. If you can’t get fat-free cream cheese for the icing, use fat-free plain yoghurt.

Glazed blueberry-lime cupcakes

Low in fat with super-food blueberries – you may feel virtuous when you bake these!

Sticky toffee pudding cupcake

This is an old classic British pudding that has recently enjoyed a bit of a renaissance.

Quick apple sauce cupcakes

Simple to make and low in fat, this recipe is based on the classic streusel cake.

Ricotta cheesecake cupcakes

Ricotta cheese is lower in fat than cream cheese and it has a great texture.

Pb & banana cupcakes

This familiar combination makes a truly delicious cupcake.

Basil pesto cupcakes

These unusually savoury cupcakes make an ideal wholesome treat.

Chocolate berry cupcakes

My good friend Beverley Glock gave me this recipe. She runs a company called ‘Splat’, which organises children’s parties where both children and adults can bake.

Easter egg nests

These cute nests make the perfect gift for your little Easter bunnies.

Wedding cupcakes

These cupcakes are perfect for a home-style wedding. Each of your guests can take one home as a memento of the day.

Think pink cupcakes

Think pink while you’re icing and you will have a whole manner of coloured cupcakes!

Ice cream cone cupcakes

These cupcakes look like ice cream – but they won’t melt!

S’more cupcakes

Building s’more cupcakes is great fun for everyone. They require little fuss and effort, with a quick assembly and baking time.

Birthday cupcakes

This is an easy and fun way to personalise birthday cupcakes!

Snowflake cupcakes

These cupcakes are delightful for a Christmas gathering. You can serve them on Christmas Eve when Santa’s sleigh has set off and the kids are tucked into bed.

Christmas tree cupcakes

These fun and festive little cakes will look superb on your Christmas dessert table. You can find ready-rolled fondant icing at cake decorating and baking supply shops.

Passover cupcakes

Make these with matzoh meal, also known as cake meal. We have added fresh blueberries to these passover treats.

Pineapple upside-down cupcakes

A classic cake scaled down to a cupcake! When turning out the cupcakes, allow the sweet juices of the pineapple to be absorbed into the golden sponge.

Mini couscous cupcakes

Couscous, the world’s smallest pasta, is a staple throughout northern Africa. It gives these cupcakes a light and elegant texture.

Little caramel cupcakes

These delightful cupcakes contain a rich and gooey caramel surprise. They are an ideal companion for a cup of Earl Grey tea.

Love-heart cupcakes

These cupcakes make a delightful romantic gift for your true love on Valentine’s Day – don’t forget to attach a lover’s message!

King cupcakes

Our version of the classic Mardi Gras ‘king cake’. The colours traditionally used on the cake represent justice, faith and power.

Lime meringue cupcakes

An unusual take on the classic lemon meringue pie. The cupcakes look great, and taste even better!

Almond & raspberry friands

Try using different oval or rectangular-shaped friand pans. They are available from speciality cookware shops. If you can't find a friand pan, a regular muffin tin works fine.

Mini espresso cupcakes

Making these cupcakes in espresso cups adds a special touch to the end of a meal.

Brioche bread pudding cupcakes

Try this rich and robust cupcake recipe for an unusual and tasty twist on the classic bread pudding.

Marbled mini bundt cakes

Bake these cakes in little bundt pans for a really extravagant-looking cupcake. You can also use ordinary muffin tins.

Baked cheesecakes

These mouthwatering little cupcakes make stunning individual desserts. Make them ahead of time and all you’ll have to do is pop them on a plate when your guests are ready.

Strawberries & cream cupcakes

This recipe is great for lazy summer days when plump, sweet, and juicy strawberries are at the height of their season.

Chocolate orange cupcakes

Orange essence helps sweeten the bitterness of the chocolate.

Chocolate hazelnut cupcakes

A timeless combination . . . with very little flour in the mix!

Chocolate chip & raisin brioches

You’ll find yourself drawn to the breakfast table by the aroma of these sweet breads, a perfect accompaniment to steaming hot coffee.

Choc ’n’ cherry cupcakes

The classic German dessert ‘Black Forest Gâteau’ was the inspiration for this cupcake.

White chocolate & macadamia nut cupcakes

Technically, white chocolate is not a chocolate, but it tastes just as decadent!

Chocolate & chilli cupcakes

The Spanish conquistadors brought chocolate back from Mexico, a fact that inspired this delicious combination of dark chocolate and tingling chilli.

White chocolate & strawberry cupcakes

Simple yet sophisticated – and perfect for a summer picnic!

Chocolate mud cupcakes

These cupcakes are so simple to make, you won’t hesitate to make another batch!

Carnation cupcakes

Cooking with flowers goes back centuries. You can find old recipes for flower water, jellies, jams and yes, cupcakes!

Cardamom & orange cupcakes

Cardamom has a pungent aroma and is often used in Indian cooking to flavour curries.

Pistachio & rosewater cupcakes

Rosewater is a delicate, sweet flavouring made by steeping rose petals in water, oil or alcohol. Try to use unsalted pistachios in this recipe.

Hummingbird cupcakes with marmalade icing

The hummingbird cake is a classic recipe from the American South.

Banana cupcakes

The subtle flavour of banana perfectly complements the cream cheese icing.

Apple sauce & cinnamon cupcakes

Cinnamon brings a delicate sweetness to this cupcake recipe and complements the apple sauce marvellously.

Classic chocolate buttercream cupcakes

The plain chocolate in this recipe gives the icing a wonderful glossy sheen.

Mini raspberry & coconut cupcakes

The inspiration for these cupcakes came from the classic English Bakewell tart.

Rum & raisin cupcakes

Use dark rum in this recipe to give these cupcakes a warm Caribbean feel.


These light, shell-shaped cupcakes hail from the town of Commercy in the Lorraine region of France.

Lemon butterfly cupcakes

You’ll love these delicate little numbers, which can be served with tea or as a dessert.

Gingerbread pots

You could make these dense, sticky gingerbread cupcakes in terra cotta pots to give them a rustic charm. The sharp lemon drizzle helps to cut the sweetness of the gingerbread.

Vanilla cupcakes

The grand dame of cupcakes. If you can get vanilla sugar, use half caster and half vanilla caster. This will really enhance the vanilla flavour.

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