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10 DIY Birthday Cupcakes That Will Totally Impress

Birthdays are always cause for celebration, no matter what age or milestone. Instead of giving boring store-bought treats, or making lame cupcakes from a box, really impress your loved one with these creative cupcake recipes and decoration ideas.. 

Even if you're not super skilled in the kitchen, some clever icing, sprinkles or even presentation can make all the difference from a boring old cupcake to a wow-worthy birthday treat. Take a look at some of our favorites, and get inspired to whip up something extra special!


1. Blueberry Cupcakes in a Jar

What is a better way to send some birthday love than cupcakes in a jar! We’ve already made this blueberry cupcake recipe, but with this simple idea you could package up any of your favorite treats. The ribbon and layers make for an impressive display.


2. Bacon Cupcakes with a Maple Frosting

via thenovicechefblog.com

Breakfast meets dessert. Add some crispy bacon and sweet maple to this chocolate cupcake recipe for an unforgettable treat. Seriously,, who doesn’t want a bacon cupcake!?


3. Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes

via the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

With only a few ingredients, and a simple instruction list, these cookie and cream cheesecakes cupcakes will make any Oreo loving birthday girl (or boy) go crazy! And look how delicious they look with the Oreo cookie on the bottom?


4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough-Stuffed Cupcakes

via chocolatecoveredkatie.com

We were drawn to these cupcakes from Chocolate Covered Katie because they were stuffed, but when we saw that they were also filled with cookie dough, we knew they were sent from heaven!  Plus, they are gluten-free!


5. White Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcakes

There is no better way to show someone you love your appreciation than with chocolate-covered strawberries, so why not turn them into a birthday treat, and serve them up! We opted for white chocolate in this recpe, and placed the strawberries right on top of the cupcake. With a cute cupcake wrapper, these are just as special as the receiver.


6. Funfetti Angle Food Cupcakes

via cookingclassy.com

We love funfetti because it's super birthday-appropriate and colorful. Of course, you could always buy the mix from a box, but this homemade version from Cooking Classy makes your cupcakes with extra love!


7. Hamburger Cupcakes

via thevegetarianginger.com

Let your vegetarian friends have a fun party with these meat-less hamburger cupcakes from The Vegetarian Ginger. We promise, they don’t taste anything like the real thing, though they do look on point!


8. Sweetheart Cupcakes

via glorioustreats.com

Of course heart-shaped holes are the perfect way to show your friend or loved one how much you love them on their birthday, but with a simple cookie cutter you could make these cupcakes from Glorious Treats into whatever shape you want!


9. Rainbow Cupcakes

Make today a colorful celebration with these rainbow cupcakes! Or if your birthday boy or girl has a few favorite colors mix them up and send some tie dye cupcakes their way!


10. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

via thecakeblog.com

We’ve seen variations of this recipe all over the internet, but thanks to The Cake Blog, we’re thinking we might actually give this trend a try! Perfect for the birthday boy or who can’t get enough ice cream (me!), or for a celebration where guests can decorate their own dessert.

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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