The most important part of these cupcakes is the buttercream frosting. The cupcakes are made of a basic vanilla batter, consisting of milk, vanilla extract, salt, eggs, sugar, butter, flour and baking powder. After they have baked and cooled, the fun begins — piping on the buttercream frosting so that it resembles flower petals. Put a chocolate candy in the center of each and voila! You have a pretty springtime treat to serve to your guests.
Source Martha Stewart
Usually lavender and cupcakes aren’t thought of in the same sentence. However, when you consider the fact that rosemary is often used in baking, why wouldn’t lavender be as well? These Lavender Trust Cupcakes are made from lavender sugar, flour, butter, eggs, salt and milk. Bake, let cool and then cover in lavender colored royal icing and a few stalks of real lavender just to give them a little extra decoration. Serve this unique treat with a smile!
Source Leite’s Culinaria
Hummingbird cupcakes topped with cream cheese butter cream, flaked coconut and malted mini eggs are so different to look at and delicious to eat. These cupcakes are made with a mixture of butter, sugar, egg, baking soda, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add to this a combination of walnuts, banana, coconut and pineapple. When baked, arrange a frosting of the cream cheese butter cream and flaked coconut and lay on about 3 mini chocolate eggs for the final touch.
Source Tide and Thyme
Traditionally in Chinese culture, there is a celebration when a baby is a month old
to mark its first month of life on earth. For girls, the grandparents give a present of
a silver chain and for boys, a gold chain to wear on wrists and ankles. To prevent
dribbling, the babies wear a string of donut shaped walnut cookies on their neck. For
this get together, ‘oil rice’ is enjoyed and taken home for other relatives as well. The
cupcakes eaten at the celebration are red velvet rosettes, with frosting of cream cheese
Source Cabnolen’s Cafe
Rose hips may sound like a strange thing to put into cupcakes, but they result in a spice-cake-like treat. Combine the rose hip syrup with the other ingredients, in this case, cinnamon, almond butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla bean paste, sugar, flour and a few other things. Bake, and then top generously with rose hip buttercream (more rose hip syrup, powdered sugar, butter and salt) before serving. The rose hips make these the perfect treats to serve in springtime!
Source Cupcake Project
Who’s up for some very colorfully decorated cupcakes? Right: everyone. These flower cupcakes are actually simple to make, as the batter consists of standard vanilla cupcake ingredients, with the exception of sour cream and cornstarch. The frosting is where the fun comes in. Make homemade cream cheese icing (cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla extract) and then divide it into batches. Tint each a different color, and then add matching sprinkles. Simple and tasty!
Source Smitten Kitchen
If you truly want to serve your guests something unique and different, then it doesn’t get any better than these jasmine cupcakes with raspberry and honey. The trick to getting the jasmine flavor just right involves infusion jasmine flavored tea with butter, then adding it to the recipe alongside raspberry vinegar, flour, eggs, baking soda, baking powder and sugar. The frosting is a honey cream cheese, make literally from honey, butter and cream cheese. Top with fresh fruit, if you’d like.
Source Cupcake Project
There’s no better time for a pink overload than Valentine’s Day! Although, these Cherry Blossom Fortune Cupcakes work just as well for springtime, too. The cupcake batter contains lemon zest, cherry blossom extract and a vanilla pod, along with the standard cupcake ingredients. The frosting is pink fondant, which is also used as a base for the toppers – fondant “fortune cookies” complete with fortune, and cherry blossoms, with matching pink centers. They’ll be so beautiful that you won’t want to eat them!
Source Bobbies Baking
Old Fashioned homemade vanilla cupcakes with old fashioned buttercream frosting are comfort food at its finest. The flavor is mild and buttery rich and the cupcake itself is a blank canvas for cupcake decorating. Since the palette is light, these can be tinted easily to match any theme or party color. The frosting lends itself the same way to overall party design. These are the perfect for tea, for parties, or for after dinner desserts.
Source Food Network
Garden Cupcake Frostings are some of the easiest frostings you can make. Why; because they start with canned vanilla or white frosting. The “garden” flair comes in the form of extracts and food colorings, and of course in the edible and candy flowers and rainbow sprinkles. Raspberry extract along with red food coloring creates a beautiful hue as does the mint extract coupled with the green food coloring. These are sure to liven up any garden party.
Source Food Network