14 Visually Striking Cupcakes That Will Blow Your Guests Away (With Cupcake Recipes Included)

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Cupcakes are everyone’s favourite party snack. What puts most people off making cupcakes themselves, is that the best, most visually striking cupcakes always look incredibly difficult to make. But knowing how to make a cupcake is far easier than you might imagine.

From a decadent red velvet cupcake recipe, featuring a cream cheese icing centre, to novelty cakes that look like cacti, we’ve rounded up the best easy cupcake recipes to impress your party guests with.

While the basic cupcake recipe largely remains the same, what really makes these cupcake designs shine is their cupcake decoration. These recipes show you how to make cupcake frosting that will blow people away, not only with their style, but their flavour as well.

This raspberry mojito cupcake

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This raspberry mojito cupcake is one of the most easy cupcake recipes around and will impress the grown-ups at any event. The mint flavoured cupcake icing perfectly compliments the alcoholic white rum centre.

Get the recipe: http://javacupcake.com/2014/04/raspberry-mojito-cupcakes/

This watermelon cupcake

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Get the recipe: http://todaysworkathomemom.com/watermelon-cupcakes/

This maple syrup and pecan pancake cupcake

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If you’re only just learning how to bake cupcakes, you might want to give these a wide berth as these cupcake designs fall firmly within the “advanced” category. The results are amazing though and well worth the effort. You can bet your friends will never have seen a cupcake like this before.

Get the recipe: http://themoonblushbaker.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/selective-everything-maple-pecan.html

These beer mug cupcakes with Bailey’s centre

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Get the recipe: http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/beer-mug-cupcakes-with-baileys-filling/919c1d91-6463-4b08-88d3-d0eab736eb11/

These sushi cupcake recipes:

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Get the recipe: http://www.brit.co/grab-your-chopsticks-its-sushi-cupcake-time/

These cheeseburger cupcakes

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Get the recipe: http://www.ohcupcakes.net/recipes-burguer-cupcakes.php

These pizza cupcakes

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Get the recipe: http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/05/pizza-muffin-cupcakes.html

These flower pot cupcakes

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Get the recipe: http://thissillygirlslife.com/2015/03/flowerpot-cupcakes/

This Godiva truffle cupcake

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Get the recipe: http://thecakeblog.com/2013/09/godiva-truffle-flight-night.html

These incredible cactus (cacti?) cupcakes

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These fancy cupcakes take decorating cupcakes to another level altogether. In fact, of all the items on these list, these are the only ones we didn’t even attempt. Partly because they’re such cute cupcakes that we wouldn’t want to eat them, but mostly because the cupcake frosting is way above our skill level.

Get the recipe: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/07/cactus-cake-tutorial/

These teddy bear on the beach cupcakes

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These cupcake designs are perfect for a kids birthday party cupcakes and the cookie crumb sand is a very cute touch.

Get the recipe: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/teddy-at-the-beach-cupcakes/d02e62b9-5416-45fe-bb1f-c471c1a6486c

Or these churro cupcakes

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Get the recipe: http://thedomesticrebel.com/2015/05/01/churro-cupcakes-2/

And these mouth-watering Kit Kat cupcakes

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This is the only chocolate cupcake recipe on the list and it’s a winner. Not only does the caramel flavoured cupcake icing pop on the dark chocolate cupcake, the Kit Kat hidden in the centre is a delightful surprise.

This is a dead easy cupcake recipe and one of our favourite on the list.

Get the recipe: http://www.chocolatemoosey.com/2013/09/24/kit-kat-cupcakes-with-caramel-buttercream-frosting/

These red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese and chocolate chip surprise centre

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This red velvet cupcake recipe has it all. In fact, when we made it, the cream cheese frosting on the cupcake was unnecessary because it was so decadent without it already. If you’re set on icing cupcakes, we recommend adding tiny marshmallows to the cupcake icing to give the cupcake a bit of flair.

Get the recipe: http://www.littledairyontheprairie.com/red-velvet-cupcakes-cream-cheese-surprise-inside/