Recipe Inspiration

If you are not getting excited about the idea of boxed Betty Crocker cupcakes, and still want to help out The Anti-Cruelty Society by creating a delicious cupcake concoction, here are 12 innovative cupcake recipes that are sure to be the cat’s meow.

Someone please make the marshmallow filled s’mores cupcake and I will surely buy them from you!

strawberry cheesecake

5 Pupcakes Your Dog Will Love

I bake a lot, and I always get a little sad for my pup when I look down and see her watching me, dutifully offering her services as a taste tester. Usually I’ll toss her a handful of raspberries or a couple baby carrots to keep her placated, but I still get a look that says “Come on, we both know I’d prefer to eat that fresh baked cookie.”

Fortunately for her and other doggies who are forced to smell––but not touch––the things their humans whip up in the kitchen, there are pupcakes: Cupcakes made from pet-friendly ingredients that are just for them. Because dogs deserve something sweet too!

1. Apple Crunch 



Recipe on Lola The Pitty

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Simple Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcake

Cupcake day is almost here! If you need to whip up cupcakes quickly or maybe get the kids involved, try this easy red velvet cupcake recipe. This recipe is made with a cake mix, but still tastes like you made it from scratch.

Serves: 24      Total time: About 30 minutes


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 (1 ounce) bottles red food coloring (do not reduce amount!)
  • cream cheese frosting (You can whip up your own cream cheese frosting in about 5 minutes. Here’s the recipe for Kittencal’s Best Cream Cheese Frosting (Extra Creamy Option) 


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 24 regular-size muffin tins with paper or foil liners. 
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix with baking cocoa, eggs, oil, buttermilk and food coloring for about 2 minutes. Scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly between the muffin tins about two-thirds full.
  5. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes or cake.
  6. Remove from the pans immediately and cool on wire racks.
  7. Spread tops with cream cheese frosting.

Recipe and photo courtesy of

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cinnamon Roll Frosting

There’s something so promising about a simple vanilla cupcake. It not only stands on its own as a delectable treat, it’s also a perfect base for any flavor of frosting you can think of. And these cupcakes… they’re all about the frosting.

I love cinnamon rolls, almost as much as I love cupcakes. So why not combine the two? You could go crazy and find a recipe for a cinnamon roll cupcake base (I bet the brown sugar cupcakes from a few weeks ago would also suffice quite well), but I felt like pairing such a rich frosting with something more subdued. Try these and you’ll agree––sometimes vanilla is just what you need.

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Recipes: Raw Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes


If you’re looking for a healthy spin to the typical cupcake recipe – look no further! These delicious chocolate vanilla “cream” filled cupcakes are not just vegan, they’re also raw! Made with oats, fruits and nuts, this unique recipe allows you to forego the carbs and processing to make a batch of tasty treats that are kind to our digestive tracts (and waistlines).

So if you’ve been looking for a recipe to make and sell for this year’s Cupcake Day on February 16th – one that will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your New Year’s health resolutions – give this tasty concoction (care of by Emily from This Ransom Vegan Life) a try!

Emergency Blender Cupcakes


Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)

If you’re pressed for time and need cupcakes in a pinch, or maybe a quick fix for a chocolate craving, then try out Emergency Blender Cupcakes. The total time to make these yummy treats is about 25 minutes.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line 12 regular-sized muffin tin with paper or foil liners.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a blender. Cover with the lid and blend on medium-speed until blended.
  4. Pour in the water, oil, egg and vanilla. Cover with the lid and blend on medium-high speed until sooth and well-blended, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice.
  5. Pour into prepared pan/cups, dividing evenly. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of one cupcake comes out clean, 15-17 minutes.
  6. Transfer to rack to cool for about 10 minutes, and then remove cupcakes from the pan and set them on the rack to cool completely before frosting.

Serves: 12

This quick cupcake recipe can be found on

One Bowl, Four Funfetti Cupcakes



Sometimes (fine, most days) I wake up thinking that I feel like baking something. Or more specifically, I feel like eating fresh baked goods right out of the oven. I don’t always want to make a whole batch of something, though, because then I end up eating not one or two but twelve delicious treats, unless I can find some willing friends to take on the excess.

Fortunately, paring down baking recipes is quite easy, and allows you to make just as many as you want. There are plenty of recipes out there for making just two cupcakes, but let’s be serious, two wasn’t going to be enough, so I doubled it and made it four.

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Handful or so of sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 4 liners.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg whites and sugar until combined.
  3. Stir in the vanilla, melted butter, and milk. Add flour and baking powder and mix everything together well. Add in sprinkles.
  4. Divide the batter between four cupcake liners (about 1/4 cup per liner) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely and frost/decorate as desired.

In a word: yum.

Slather any frosting of your choice on top. Click here for a quick vanilla buttercream recipe.

Cute Puppy Cupcakes

Photo courtesy of Cupcakepedia

Photo courtesy of Cupcakepedia

Want to add a little cuteness to your yummy chocolate or vanilla cupcakes? There are very few things that are cuter than a puppy face on a cupcake. This cupcake puppy face topper would probably taste best with chocolate frosting.

Here are the ingredients to make your puppy face:

  • Nutter Butter cookies
  • Chocolate M&Ms (1 bag)
  • Round butter cookies (1 box)
  • Edible candy eyeballs (1 package)
  • Royal Icing or Chocolate drawing pen


  • Place one round cookie and two Nutter Butter cookies into a puppy face on the cupcake.
  • Add one M&M for the puppy nose.
  • Add two edible candy eyeballs for the puppy eyes.
  • Draw a puppy mouth with royal icing or chocolate food drawing pen.

This cupcake decorative idea is courtesy of Cupcakepedia.