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We’ve rounded up our best Mother’s Day cupcakes most of which take just 20 minutes to bake.
Cupcakes are a great choice for Mother’s Day. They come in a variety of flavours and can be decorated however you fancy. Often a cupcake recipe (opens in new tab) makes around 12 cupcakes which is ideal if you’re making them as a gift. You can choose the best-looking cupcakes to give to mum and can keep the rest for yourself.
"If you're looking for inspiring Mother's Day cake ideas (opens in new tab), cupcakes are a great place to start. They're a versatile choice and can be adapted to suit a variety of taste buds, dietary requirements and are perfect for all skill levels; from easy beginners to extravagant cake bakers."
Baking cupcakes is a great way to show the mother figure in your life how much you appreciate them this Mother’s Day. We’ve got plenty of variety to choose from too including banana split cupcakes, hot cross bun cupcakes, and pretty spring cupcakes. We’d highly recommend our classic chocolate cupcakes (opens in new tab) topped with a choice of sweet vanilla or rich chocolate buttercream if you're looking for a simple, yet delicious choice.
Mother's Day cupcakes
1. Banana split cupcakes
Skill level: Easy | Makes: 8-10 | Total time: 1hr
These banana split cupcakes are packed full of bananas, strawberries, and cherries which makes them a delightful treat for Mother's Day. They're lower in fat than most cupcakes you'll find in the shops as they are made with very little sugar and low-calorie chocolate sauce.
Get the recipe: Banana split cupcakes
2. Bouquet of flowers cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 1hr 30 mins
Instead of buying mum, a bunch of flowers this Mother's Day treats her to a bunch of cupcakes instead. Make these gorgeous posies of flowers out of icing a couple of days before you need them so they have time to harden and will hold their shape when popped on top of these delicious lemon-flavoured cupcakes.
Get the recipe: Bouquet of flowers cupcakes (opens in new tab)
3. Violet cream cupcakes
Skill level: Easy | Makes: 12 | Total time: 1hr
If your mum used to love old-school sweets like Parma Violets, try making these deliciously floral cupcakes. Decorate with candied violet petals for a pretty finish, these cupcakes are so full of flavour you can let that do most of the talking.
Get the recipe: Violet cream cupcakes (opens in new tab)
4. Cupcake bouquet
Skill level: Med | Makes: 20 | Total time: 1hr 50 mins
With our detailed guide on how to achieve the perfect rose icing, you'll have professional-looking cupcakes in no time at all. With a zesty lemon sponge and show-stopping presentation, this recipe is sure to impress your mum.
Get the recipe: Cupcake bouquet (opens in new tab)
5. Strawberry lemon cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 50 mins
The simple decoration topping these spring cupcakes is just the start. The base sponge is a delicious infusion of raspberry sponge topped with a light lemon buttercream for a fruity yet zingy bite.
Get the recipe: Strawberry lemon cupcakes (opens in new tab)
6. Daffodil cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 1hr 10 mins
Take your cupcake decorating skills to the next level with these daffodil cupcakes. This simple step-by-step guide breaks down the recipe into small parts to make it manageable and to make sure you get perfect results. If you master the daffodils quickly you can try other flowers too, like roses or tulips.
Get the recipe: Daffodil cupcakes (opens in new tab)
7. Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 1hr
Get a cupcake and a dessert in one. These summery cupcakes are topped with fresh strawberries, cream cheese frosting, and caramelised biscuit base. We'd recommend using a piping bag to get a professional finish easily.
Get the recipe: Strawberry cheesecake cupcake (opens in new tab)
8. Raspberry fairy cakes
Skill level: Easy | Makes: 12 | Total time: 40 mins
Topped with a simple but delicious raspberry icing, these raspberry cupcakes make a great base for any decorating techniques you fancy putting into practice. The cakes are made with almond extract for a fragrant sponge with a difference.
Get the recipe: Raspberry fairy cakes (opens in new tab)
9. Triple chocolate cupcakes
Skill level: Easy | Makes: 10 | Total time: 40 mins
These triple chocolate cupcakes are infused with a rich, deep chocolate sponge and finished with a dark chocolate and double cream ganache to make them extra moreish. The perfect Mother’s Day cupcakes.
Get the recipe: Triple chocolate cupcakes with ganache (opens in new tab)
10. Hidden heart cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 2hrs
Mum will just love finding a bright red sponge heart inside each cupcake. The rich chocolate sponge is made with plenty of cocoa and a little coffee to intensify the chocolate flavour. Dark chocolate is used in the buttercream too.
Get the recipe: Hidden heart cupcakes (opens in new tab)
11. Hot cross bun cupcakes
Skill level: Easy | Makes: 14 | Total time: 45 mins
Not just for Easter, these hot cross bun cupcakes’ sponge mixture is flavoured with light and fragrant spices and sweet dried fruits. If you think your mum would prefer a chocolate version you could always swap the fruit for chocolate chips.
Get the recipe: Hot cross bun cupcakes (opens in new tab)
12. Key lime cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 1hr 15 mins
These cupcakes are a great twist on a classic dessert using a citrus-infused sponge, shiny Swiss meringue buttercream and bright sugar decoration. They make a great pudding substitute if you're feeding lots of people.
Get the recipe: Key lime cupcakes (opens in new tab)
13. Baileys cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 9| Total time: 1hr 25 mins
If your mum likes a little glass of Baileys every now and then, then we think she'll love these delicious cupcakes flavoured with Irish cream. Get two-tone icing easily with this handy tutorial to make sure your bakes look as good as they taste.
Get the recipe: Baileys cupcakes (opens in new tab)
14. Flower fairy cakes
Skill level: Easy | Makes: 12 | Total time: 30 mins
With some ready-to-roll icing, a few fairy cakes, and a little buttercream, you can make these pretty cupcakes covered in spring-like flowers. If your mum likes marzipan you could use that instead of icing for an extra flavour boost.
Get the recipe: Flower fairy cakes (opens in new tab)
15. Carrot cake cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 1hr 5 mins
The recipe for these moist carrot cake cupcakes is from the wonderful Primrose Bakery who know a thing or two about getting a bake just right. The classic cream cheese icing is given a refreshing lift from a little orange zest. Perfect Mother’s Day cupcakes.
Get the recipe: Carrot cake cupcakes (opens in new tab)
16. Black forest cupcakes
Skill level: Easy | Makes: 12 | Total time: 50 mins
Transform cupcakes into mini desserts with this recipe for black forest cupcakes. With a rich dark chocolate sponge, sweet cherry syrup, and soft Chantilly cream topping, these bakes are almost too delicious. They'll make a fun alternative to pudding for your Sunday lunch on Mother's Day.
Get the recipe: Black forest cupcakes (opens in new tab)
17. Red velvet cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 50 mins
For a striking bake, make these red velvet cupcakes which are concealing a bright red sponge, flavoured with cocoa powder. This recipe also shows you how to make a classic American-style cream cheese frosting that has a wonderful sweet finish with a slightly salty edge.
Get the recipe: Red velvet cupcakes (opens in new tab)
18. Marshmallow flower cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 12 | Total time: 48 mins
We love this ingenious decorating idea using mini marshmallows as flower petals to get gorgeous results. Present them on a cake board with piped leaves and stalks to look like a bunch of flowers for an extra special gift.
Get the recipe: Marshmallow flower cupcakes (opens in new tab)
19. Strawberry and basil cupcakes
Skill level: Med | Makes: 6 | Total time: 1hr 15 mins
If your mum loves strawberries, these gorgeous cupcakes are perfect for her. The airy sponge is scented with fragrant basil for an unusual but delicious base to the smooth buttercream. These beauties are finished with fruity scented sugar and topped with a strawberry so that they look as good as they taste.
Get the recipe: Strawberry and basil cupcakes (opens in new tab)
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