10 Festive Christmas Cupcake Recipes
Big batches of Christmas cupcakes are great for big holiday-dinner crowds. Try classic gingerbread or cocktail-inspired White Russian cupcakes this year.
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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Black Licorice Frosting
A nicely spiced gingerbread cupcake would be plenty festive for a holiday celebration, but topped with black licorice frosting and a tower of licorice slices, it has extra bite — perfect for making a statement.
Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Cupcakes with Black Licorice Frosting
Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Add chopped apples to cupcake batter along with a squeeze of caramel to replicate the flavors of the favorite fruit-on-a-stick sweet –– without the stick-to-your-teeth mess.
Get the Recipe: Caramel-Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Instead of a cream cheese icing, Chuck Hughes tops his red velvet cupcakes with a sweet mixture of marscapone and whipped cream, which is rich and tangy but a lot lighter.
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Cookie Dough-Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
A chocolate cupcake is good. A chocolate cupcake topped with cookie dough buttercream is even better. But a chocolate cupcake stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with cookie dough buttercream? That's perfection.
Get the Recipe: Cookie Dough-Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Bake these caffeinated cupcakes in espresso cups so that guests can enjoy individual portions with ease. A chocolate espresso glaze and single espresso bean serve as telltale garnishes atop the moist chocolate cake.
Get the Recipe: Espresso Cupcakes
For a great hand-held treat, combine a classic Italian dessert with a popular American one. Booze in dessert for Christmas? Yes, please!
Get the Recipe: Tiramisu Cupcakes
Serve up traditional carrot cake in bite-size form. For a twist on the classic, add shaved coconut and dried cherries instead of walnuts and raisins.
Get the Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes
White Russian Cupcake
There's enough liqueur (both the Irish kind and the coffee variety) in these cocktail-themed cupcakes to give you a buzz — perfect for dealing with relatives during the holidays.
Get the Recipe: White Russian Cupcake
Get all the flavor of the Italian treat in cupcake form with creamy ricotta filling, almond cream and a bittersweet chocolate ganache.
Get the Recipe: Cannoli Cupcakes