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 

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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) 

Directions: 

  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 Food.com

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

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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!