Baking Round-up: Cupcakes

I’m not a huge fan of cupcakes! There I said it, too much sweet frosting and not enough cake for me and a bit of a faff to make – Give me a traybake anyday. That said after putting this round-up together I might just have to think again.  Firstly,  judging by the number of fabulous cupcake posts I had to choose from when I said I was doing a cupcake round-up  it would seem bloggers and therefore I assume the readers cannot get enough of them. Secondly having now seen so many fabulous recipes some of which seem pretty quick and easy to make I really want to try them.

Fruity Cupcakes

I love the combination of white chocolate and raspberries so I am sure these White chocolate and strawberry cupcakes – from Something Sweet Something Savoury-  a soft and fluffy vanilla cupcake topped with a white chocolate buttercream and a fresh strawberry would be an equally good flavour combination. Then again these Raspberry and lemon muffins from Proper Foodie sound pretty good too. These simple Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry jam buttercream from Apply To Face Blog are moist and delicious and the Strawberry Jam Buttercream divine! Perfect for a Birthday Occasion or Summer Celebration. Vanilla cupcakes with clotted cream and raspberry jam from Tinned Tomatoes are another variation on the classic berries and cream theme- Sheer indulgence. The Little Sunny Kitchen Jam filled cupcakes are also on this theme.

Fab Food for All chose the Royal wedding cake flavours of lemon and elderflower for her simple Lemon and elderflower cupcakes which look quite delightful, I love the sound of the lemon and elderflower curd too. Searching for Spice has kept it simple with these zesty Simple lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream which are easy to make and deliciously sweet too! Also with a citrus flavour are  Lemon and blueberry surprise cupcakes by Stacey in the Sticks.

Can’t be bothered to make a frosting?  then these Pear crumble cupcakes from All about a Mummy will be right up your street. Banana and chocolate cupcakes from Cooking with my Kids are a great bake for little chefs and a great way of using up over ripe bananas. Country Heart and Home describes her Peanut butter and jelly cupcakes as  Grown up luxury with the added benefit of passing it off as part of your 5 a day – just use full fruit jam!

Fun Cupcakes

These fun and pretty Rainbow piñata cupcakes from Mummy Mishaps will brighten up any birthday party and contain a colourful surprise inside them too. Garden bug themed chocolate cupcakes from Eats Amazing are colourful and fun so are sure to be a hit with the young ones. Rainbow fish cupcakes from Chez Maximka are easy to make, and we are told, always sold out fast at school fetes. 

Only Crumbs Remain creates some amazing novelty cupcakes and I particularly like these Black forest icecream style cupcakes.  I would like to try Popcorn cupcakes from Hodge Podge Days, they would be perfect for movies nights. For something a little different Cola cupcakes with peanut frosting by Buckets of Tea may seem an unusual combination but cola gives them a lovely caramel taste which complements the salted peanut frosting rather well.



Chocolaty Cupcakes

Snickers cupcakes Who can resist everything the chocolate bar has to offer in cupcake form.  – Sweet chocolate, gooey caramel, plus plenty of crunchy and salty peanuts! from The Baking Explorer. Tin and Thyme has a jar of raisins marinating in rum always on the the go (I like her style) and uses them to make dainty  Rum and raisin Mini cupcakes  a boozy bake for old times sake.

Chocolate Orange fans are going to love these Terry chocolate orange cupcakes from Baking with Granny.

Nutty chestnut cupcakes with a heavenly creamy white chocolate frosting from Casa Costello make a decadent treat. If Nutella is your thing, only 3 ingredients are required for these fabulously easy Nutella cupcakes from Family Friends Food.

Free From Cupcakes

If you are looking for a vegan cupcake then you might want to try Vegan crazy cupcakes from Dilan and Me,  these Deliciously vegan spiced cupcakes  from, Quite Frankly She Said or Vegan chocolate hazelnut cupcakes from Curly’s Cooking. Pumpkin pie cupcakes made with pumpkin or butternut squash from Mummy Tries are free from all grains, dairy, egg and refined sugar. Oreo dairy free cupcakes from the Free From Farm House dairy egg and nut free.

Gluten Free then why not try Wild Mama -Wild Tribe Gluten free millionaires cupcakes -Rich chocolate cupcakes, oozing caramel middles and a glossy icing with chocolate shards.

And Something Slightly Different

The Bear and The Fox Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Cupcakes are her most popular cupcakes, the peanut butter buttercream could explain why.

Given my partiality to Pimms, I am more than tempted to try Veggie Desserts Cucumber and lemon cupcakes with Pimms icing. The lemon cake with a hint of cucumber sounds really interesting and not something I have tried before.

I’m a big fan of coffee flavoured bakes and these Irish coffee cupcakes with Baileys cream are at the moment the only cupcake recipe I have on Recipes Made Easy, there is also the option of making them as one large cake instead. But perhaps my favourite cupcakes in this round-up are these Ultimate Tiramisù cupcakes from The Petite Cook, moist, irresistible cupcakes made with one of the best combo ever, chocolate & coffee! Plus they’re super easy to make and ready in just about 30 minutes!  Its not an easy choice but which Cupcakes are your favourite?

Next month I’m looking for bakes using summer berries. If you have a great summer berry bakes to share please email me a link to your recipes with BritMums Baking Round-up in the title (click on the mail link below in my bio). I will also put a reminder on the facebook page nearer the time, where you can drop your links. I look forward to seeing your bakes.

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About Jacqueline Bellefontaine

Jacqueline has been a cookery writer and food stylist for over 20 years and is a member of the Guild of Food Writers. She is the author of 18 cookbooks and now writes her own blog, where she shares the recipes she cooks at home for family, friends and fun. Jacqueline started her food writing career on a weekly magazine and as a result, likes to champion good basic home cooking. The daughter of a master baker she is passionate about home baking and is happiest in the kitchen knocking up a cake or baking a loaf of bread. Jacqueline has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Central London.


  1. 30 May 2018 / 14:10

    I’m with you on the theme of cupcakes, too much frosting, not enough cake. My sons love them though, so I bake them. But give me a slice of cake with a minimum of decorations any day. Thank you for including my Rainbow fish cupcakes!

  2. 06 June 2018 / 10:37

    thank you for including my cupcakes. great collection of recipes here x

    • 06 June 2018 / 14:00

      Thanks Jenny, It was a fun one to do so many fabulous cupcakes to choose from.

  3. 06 June 2018 / 10:56

    Thanks for including my pear crumble cupcakes. They are super easy to make and a great alternative to frosting

    • 06 June 2018 / 14:01

      My pleasure. I haven’t had a chance to make them yet but I am going to, they are my kind of cup cake.

  4. 06 June 2018 / 14:08

    I also prefer to eat cakes with less frosting and more cake but these all look beautiful and they are hard to resist! Thank you for including my zesty lemon cupcakes!