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8 delicious cupcake recipes

Don’t want to skip dessert? Keep portions in check with a delicious treat that’s the perfect size for one person: cupcakes

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes

The combination of ground, fresh and crystallized ginger gives these delicious cupcakes a multi-layered flavor that lovers of ginger will find irresistible.

Get the recipe: Gingerbread Cupcakes

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Lemon Cream Cupcakes

Lemon Cream Cupcakes

Delicate cupcakes like these are sure to disappear at your next potluck or bake sale. Grated lemon peel and sour cream turn these from ordinary “white” cupcakes to sophisticated treats.

Get the recipe: Lemon Cream Cupcakes

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Zucchini Chip Cupcakes

Zucchini Chip Cupcakes

These moist cupcakes don’t even need frosting, and they’re a great way to use up zucchini. Cinnamon, chocolate chips, and pecans make these so delicious, no one will know they’re made with vegetables too!

Get the recipe: Zucchini Chip Cupcakes

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Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakesphoto credit: shutterstock

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Peanut butter cupcakes? You bet. They’re surprisingly delicious, and kids of all ages will love them. The mini peanut butter cups eliminate the need to add frosting.

Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

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Creamy Chocolate Cupcakes

Sometimes, a cupcake is best when the icing is inside it, rather than spread across the top! Your family and friends will be happily surprised when they discover the smooth cream-cheese filling that awaits inside.

Get the recipe: Creamy Chocolate Cupcakes

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Sunken Cherry Cupcakes

Sunken Cherry Cupcakes

Why ask for a cherry on top when you can have a cherry in the middle? Bake these easy-to-make cupcakes outside the cherry season, too, by having a supply of cherries on standby in the freezer with the stems and pits removed.

Get the recipe: Sunken Cherry Cupcakes

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Marzipan-Orange Muffins

Marzipan-Orange Muffins

What’s the difference between a muffin and a cupcake? There’s no formal answer, though some say a muffin is more “bready” and cupcake more sweet and fluffy.  All we know is that the triple combination of almond-flavored ingredients-marzipan, almond liqueur and flaked almonds-gives these muffins a delicious taste and texture.

Get the recipe: Marzipan-Orange Muffins

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Apricot-Pecan Muffins

Apricot-Pecan Muffins

These moist and delicious muffins are perfect for breakfast or brunch as well as being a great snack any time. They are delicately spiced and packed with flavorful fresh fruit and nuts.

Get the recipe: Apricot-Pecan Muffins