Baking treats for our family is our favourite thing to do in our spare time no matter the season. On any free evening or weekend, chances are good that you’ll be able to find us in the kitchen mixing batter, adding food colouring to icing, and making little swirls or sprinkle designs on top of moist, freshly baked cupcakes that make the whole kitchen smell sweet and fragrant. The best time to make cupcakes, however, is near any holiday or season change. You can bet that the second the snow goes away, our cupcake recipes get a lot more colourful and fruity than they were the few previous months.
Check out these 15 deliciously fresh cupcake flavours that are perfect for spring (and, if we’re being honest, pretty much mouthwatering any time of year at all)!
1. Strawberry cupcakes
Sometimes it’s nice to transition into a new season light and easy, keeping things simple but delicious. In cases like this, we usually like to pick our favourite fruit and run with it! Strawberry cupcakes are a classic that we never get tired of and we’re confident that most other people would agree, barring any food allergies. Get a nice, easy recipe from Martha Stewart.
2. Strawberry rose mini cupcakes
Do you love the idea of making cupcakes that include strawberries but you’d like to make them even more springlike and flavourful that the recipe you saw above? Then follow in One Vanilla Bean‘s lead and add some hints of rose to the recipe! Pop some layered strawberry slices on top of the icing and you’ve got a cute garnish and some extra taste, all ready to go.
3. Lemon cupcakes with lime and ginger whipped cream
Is your favourite part of summer fruit coming back into season the part where all your citrus things get juicier and more full of flavour? Well, citrus might not sound like something that goes well with cupcakes, but The Pleasure Monger begs to differ. These cupcakes taste just like fresh lemons and, as if that wasn’t good enough, they’re topped with an equally fresh lime icing! The whole thing has just a hint of ginger for contrast.
4. Orange blossom cupcake with raw cashew cream
Perhaps you’re very into the idea of making spring cupcakes but you’ve also been trying to watch your calorie intake of just generally eat healthier? Well, icing made with raw, organic ingredients is definitely one way to compromise! That might not sound like the most fun, but Foodily assures you that it’s delicious, particularly on top of an orange blossom flavoured cupcake!
5. Bubblegum surprise cupcakes
Okay, so we admit that we know bubblegum isn’t exactly your typical fruity spring flavour. Sometimes, however, all you really need to get into the spirit of spring are some super fun bright colours, and that’s something that a bubblegum flavoured cupcake certainly has to offer! Check out how they’re made on A Little Zaftig. We simply adore the idea of hiding a gumdrop in the middle with icing all around.
6. Meyer lemon cupcakes with candied lemon zest
Did you like the basic idea of the lemon cupcake that we talked about above but you’re not sure you actually like lime flavours enough to really enjoy the addition of lime and ginger icing on top? Don’t worry, we totally understand how tempting the idea of a completely pure lemon taste is, especially when it comes to baked goods. The Food Addicts has a zesty lemon recipe that we think you’ll enjoy!
7. Shirley Temple gluten free cupcakes
Have you always been a fan of novelty drinks that taste like foods and novelty foods that taste like drinks? We think they’re neat as well, especially when they’re sweet and flavourful, so imagine how pleased we were when we found these Shirley Temple cupcakes on Simply Gluten Free! As you might have been able to guess by the website name, perhaps the best part about these cupcakes is that they’re gluten free, making them enjoyable for all your friends and family!
8. Peach tea cupcakes
Maybe you’re looking for a more unconventionally flavoured cupcake that’s still sweet and fruity but a little less intense than something that tastes completely of lemons or strawberries? Then try a milder peach flavour that, while still refreshing, tastes more like an herbal tea than something overly sweet. Get the fully recipe and baking instructions on Paula Deen.
9. Triple citrus cupcakes
Perhaps the previous citrus cupcake flavours we talked about earlier were almost exactly what you need, but you’d actually prefer even more citrus than what those ones included? Then we think we might have found the recipe for you! Tracy’s Culinary Adventures guides you through the process of creating a triple citrus cupcake that tastes like limes, lemons, and oranges.
10. Pineapple coconut cupcakes
Maybe when you think of summer flavours, your mind automatically goes to fruits that taste a little more tropical than your average lemons and limes? In that case, coconuts and pineapples are definitely the way to go! As if those things don’t taste fantastic enough on their own, they make a combination together that’s nothing short of heavenly. See how these scrumptious cupcakes were made on Two Tiny Kitchens.
11. Pink champagne cupcakes
Remember a few recipes earlier when we said that sometimes all you need to make a fun springtime cupcake was a bright colour and a neat novelty concept? Well, just in case the bubblegum idea wasn’t quite your thing, here’s another bright pink alternative! The Baking Robot guides you through the process of making cupcakes that look and take like delicious pink champagne.
12. Peanut butter and jelly cupcakes
Perhaps when you think of warmer weather and more time spent outdoors, your mind doesn’t actually go to refreshing fruit flavours at all? If you’re anything like us, one of the best things about spring that you look forward to every year is going on picnics, and every good picnic involves a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, of course. Check out how AtKokken made these cupcakes that taste just like peanut butter and your favourite jelly or jam.
13. White chocolate strawberry ice cream cupcakes
Is springtime weather particularly warm where you live, meaning you’re already looking for recipes that will help you cool down on a hot day? Well, you might not think of cupcakes off hand since they’re not usually cold items, but Bakingdom is here to show you how to change that! These cupcakes are not only made with ice cream, but they’re also a delicious combination of white chocolate and strawberries to really make your taste buds dance.
14. Coconut lime cupcakes
We’ve talked a lot about many different awesome fruit flavours, but not everything we’ve mentioned has been seen in combination with everything else yet on our list. In case you’re interested in mixing and matching just a little bit, here’s an awesome recipe that combines coconut and lime in a mouthwatering way. We love the way The Boastful Baker added toasted coconut as a topping.
15. Pink lemonade cupcakes
Are you still very into the idea of a bright pink novelty flavoured cupcake but you still haven’t quite found the one that really tickles your fancy? Well, luckily for all of us, we’ve managed to rustle you up just one more that totally fits the bill! Check out how I Heart Naptime created an awesomely sweet cupcake that tastes just like pink lemonade. What’s more refreshing than that?
Do you know someone who absolutely adores making themed and seasonal cupcakes no matter what time of year it is? Share this post with them for a little bit of inspiration!