Not that you ever need an excuse to have a cupcake, but these mouth-watering recipes sure would give you one if you did! Whether you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth on a lazy Sunday or after a lavish dinner party, cupcakes are the perfect, bite-size treat for any occasion.

Advertisement

Vanilla Cupcakes

Rach made these cupcakes for her guests at her SXSW Feedback party, but you can make them any time of year!

Vanilla Cupcakes

Mexican Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

These spicy cupcakes are filled with a sweet surprise!

Strawberry Cornmeal Cupcakes

Not all cupcakes have to be covered in frosting. These are the slightest bit savory and studded with fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Cornmeal Cupcakes

Death-by-Chocolate Cupcakes

You may want to be careful serving these around chocoholics.

Bourbon Cherry Cordial Cupcakes

These cupcakes -- inspired by one of our favorite chocolate box treats -- are perfect for a romantic dinner.

Spiced Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Use boxed cake mix and Guinness beer for an easy recipe that tastes homemade.

18-Carrot Cupcakes

These cupcakes are full of sugar, spice and everything nice!

18-Carrot Cupcakes

Black-Bottom Cupcakes

You'll never miss frosting on these cupcakes—not with this dreamy, cream-cheese center.

Black-Bottom Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

A classic pie recipe inspires this two-bite treat.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Have a sweet celebration with this yummy red velvet cupcake.

Berry Cakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard—these cupcakes are light, fluffy and frosting-free.

Marshmallow Cupcakes

This homemade Hostess Cupcake is ideal for a bake sale or a birthday party.

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

Banana bread gets a desserty twist with the addition of caramel frosting.

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

Classic Vanilla Snack Cakes

The name says it all: These individual cakes are as classic as can be!

Zucchini Pistachio Cupcakes

Sneak veggies (in this case, zucchini!) into these deliciously moist vanilla cupcakes.

Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

Frosted pumpkin cupcakes spiked with fluffy, sweetened cream cheese is a treat we crave come fall.

Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

Black-and-White Cupcakes

One batter yields two delectable layers in this riff on a New York cookie.

Ginger Tea Cakes with Lemon Glaze

Our teeny lemon ginger cakes are feather-light and go down in one unforgettable bite.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Here's a carmel apple-inspired treat that's even better than the original. Trust us!