National Cup Cake Week


With seemingly unlimited possibilities for cupcake recipes, why not try something new. Below you'll find a wealth of cupcakes recipes which you can try out at home... either by sticking to the set list of ingredients, or perhaps including your own twist of inspiration. Many of the recipes are award-winning, and have been kindly shared by previous winners at the National Cupcake Championships. So go crazy, and unleash your inner cupcake creativity.

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 Raspberry Velvet Cupcake  

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by Master chocolatier Will Torrent
 Eton Mess cupcakes  

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by Emily Johnson of Upsy Daisy Bakery
 Muscovado Chocolate Cupcake  

see recipe Muscovado chocolate cakes with cocoa nibs and Mayan spiced syrup

by Paul A Young
 Blackberry and white chocolate cupcake  

Recipe Button Blackberry and white chocolate cupcakes

by Fiona Cairns

 Poached Pear and Almond Cupcake  

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by Shalini Sriskandarasa, National Cupcake Week Professional winner

see recipe Tis The Season
Winner: Themed Cupcake of the Year

by Sabrina Collins, of Lady Jayne's Cakes.


see recipe Hats Off To Her Majesty
Highly commended: Themed Cupcake of the Year

by Mary Eastman, of Mary's Fairies.

 Sticky Toffee Pudding cupcake  

Go to recipe button Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcake (Gluten Free)
Winner, Free-from Cupcake of the Year

by Rachel Price-Whittle, Rachel's Cupcakes, Wotton Wawen, Warks

 Dark Chocolate and Morello Cherry Cupcake   

to recipe button Dark Chocolate & Morello Cherry Cupcake
Highly commended Free-from Cupcake of the Year

by Brenda Monahan, Organic Delights 


see recipe Bibi's Victoria Sponge Cupcake
Highly commended, Classic Cupcake of the Year

by Fiona Pratt, Bibi's Bakery 


see recipe Lime and Ginger Cupcake
Winner: Classic Cupcake of the Year

by Lindsay Horn Swirls and Pearls Bakery, London

 Salsa Verde cupcake 

recipe button Salsa Verde Summer Cupcake
Savoury Cupcake of the Year winner

by Kate Shirazi, of Cakeadoodledo


see recipe The Korma Cupcake

by Gill Talbot, of Fantasweets Cupcakes.
Savoury Cupcake of the Year Highly commended

 Mojito cupcake  

Mojito cupcake recipe Mojito Cupcakes

by Emily Johnson
Winner of the Best Cupcake Made with Alcohol
National Cupcake Champion 2012, of Upsy Daisy bakery and tea room, Hammersmith, West London.


see recipe Marshmallow Fluff Cupcake

Marshmallow Fluff is the food craze that's taken over America, which anyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy.


see recipe White Russian Cupcakes

by Fiona Rinaldi, of Icing Bliss
Highly commended - Best Cupcake Made with Alcohol

 Devil's Food Cupcake Recipe  

Devil's Food CupcakeDevil's Food cupcake recipe

by Macphie

Part of a series of recipes using Macphie's pre-mixes and frostings.

mocktail mojito, berry daiquiri and pina colada cupcake   

'Mocktail' Cupcake (Mojito, Berry Daiquiri and Pina Colada) mojito cupcake recipe

by Macphie

Part of a series of recipes using Macphie's pre-mixes and frostings.

 red velvet cupcake  

 Red Velvet Cupcakered velvet cupcake recipe

by Macphie

Moist chocolate cake topped with Cream Cheese Rainbow Frosting. Part of a series of recipes using Macphie's pre-mixes and frostings.

 frosted carrot cake cupcakae  

Frosted Carrot Cake Cupcakesee frosted carrot cake cupcake recipe

by Macphie

Part of a series of recipes using Macphie's pre-mixes and frostings.

her ladyships teacake by let them eat cake

 Her Ladyship's "Tea Cake" Cupcakelet them eat cake's her ladyship's teacake cupcake recipe

by Let them Eat Cake

Another recipe from one of our 2011 National Cupcake Championships finalists

white chocolate raspberry cupcake by little suzi's kitchen

 White Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcake (gluten free)link to white chocolate and raspberry cupcake recipe

by Suzanne Carter, Little Suzi's Kitchen

 This gluten free cupcake was a finalist in our 2011 National Cupcake Championships

 national cupcake champion 2011 logo  

 Lime & Coconut Cupcake (vegan)lime and coconut cupcake recipe

by Jennifer Buls, Absolute Treats, St Clears

"The choice of flaked coconut to top this cake presents a natural and wholesome appeal to the cupcake while adding another chewy texture.  The zing of the lime on biting into the cake is a wonderful taste surprise element."

national cupcake week champion 2011 cocktail couture

 Rich Chocolate and Amarula Fluff Cupcakesee recipe

by Rufaro Matsinde, Cocktail Couture, CC Treats, London

"The incorporation of the dark chocolate cup with the Amarula marshmallow fluff is definately something unexpected.  The Amarula flavour workos well with dark chocolate and adds a twist of flavour tot he brown sugar Swiss meringue, and is not a common flavour option on most cupcake menus.  The marshmallow filling also adds to the moistness of the cupcake and adds another texture to the structure.  The hard chocolate centre cup is also an unexpected addition, so there are four textures".

best presented cupcake winner 2011

 A Cupcake By Any Other Namerecipe a cupcake by any other name

by Victoria Forward, Let Them Eat Cake, Waterlooville

"The petals are made from a Swill meringue buttercream, flavoured with rosewater, piped using a Wilton 127 petal nozzle in a graduated spiral type motion.  Cakes are arranged and fixed with cocktail stick, into a polystyrene ball for support".

best decorated cupcake - marie antoinette cupcake

 Marie Antoniette Cupcake

Rosalind Miller, Peggy's Cupcakes, Londonmarie antonette cupcake recipe

A gold-adorned Madagascan vanilla cake is iced with a layer of vanilla buttercream and a covering of sugarpaste.  Each cupcake is then individually decorated with intricate hand-piped icing and edible gold lustre dust.

 lavender cupcake  

Lavender Cupcakessee recipe

by Lily Vanilli

The aromatic bitterness of dried lavender, combined with soft vanilla flavours and toasted almonds give these cupcakes an intensity of flavour that is also very delicate. A lot of lavender sweets can taste soapy or too bitter. The milk base of these cakes, combined with the almond, balance it perfectly and the flavour is subtle and delicious. It's a good tip to crush lavender buds with a pestle and mortar before adding whole to anything, it releases a gentler flavour and does away with the unpleasant texture of a full flower bud.

 avocado cupcake  

Dark Chocolate & Avocado Cupcakesee recipe

by Lily Vanilli

Avocado meat replaces butter as the fat in this frosting. The cake is rich and moist with a hint of espresso.

The frosting balances perfectly with it sweet with a hint of citrus and a definite avocado flavour. When topped with toasted walnut and dark chocolate shavings, this cake has a beautiful, slightly unusual flavour and texture and is rich in healthy fats.

 bacon and maple syrup cupcake  

Bacon & Maple Syrup Cupcakessee recipe

by Lily Vanilli

These cupcakes I first made for a breakfast event with (jelly experimenters) Bompas & Parr. The theme was 'MEAT' and the centrepiece a hog's head. Never knowingly doing anything by halves, or even three-quarters, they had decorated their place with huge diagrams of animals divided into their cuts. There was champagne with strawberries injected with ether, and I made these breakfast meat cupcakes with bacon. I tried to echo the flavours you would find in a traditional American French toast and bacon breakfast so it's very buttery and light, with maple syrup frosting, nutmeg, toasted pecan and caramelised bacon slices.

 rainbow cupcake  

Rainbow Cupcakessee recipe

by Lily Vanilli

 This rainbow cake is perfect for birthdays someone recently wrote to me that they had made it for their 90-year-old grandma! In general I try to avoid food colourings and use natural ingredients to decorate cakes wherever I can, but this psychedelic sponge has a magical and fun quality that always makes people smile.

 Cosmopolitan Cupcake  

Mama's Cosmopolitan Cupcakesee recipe

by Kevin Sibley

Kevin's Cosmopolitan combines fresh orange juice and cranberries with a generous splash of Cointreau, finished off with a crème fraiche/cream cheese topping and edible glitter.