Wedding cupcake recipes that are a lovely alternative to a traditional wedding cake but easier to make and share with your guests
Wedding cupcakes make a beautiful alternative to a traditional cake that are easier to share with your guests. These wedding cupcake recipes are simple to make but are decorated to look the part for your big day. Think prettty rose and pistachio cupcakes, blueberry and white chocolate cupcakes in lace-effect cases and many more.
If you’re getting married soon, or know someone who is, make up a special batch of wedding cupcakes. We’ve got 30 pretty wedding cupcake recipes that would be lovely for the big day, or for your engagement bash, hen party or bridal shower showers. They’re perfect as an alternative to a large wedding cake or as an extra sweet treat for the spread.
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First up are these rose and white chocolate cupcakes. These romantic cupcakes are beautifully floral and
will look lovely among your pretty table decorations.
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Keep it simple and subtle with these blueberry and white chocolate cupcakes. They only take 45 mins to make and aren't too hard to make look professional. Complete your cakes with pretty white cupcake cases for the ultimate wedding look.
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Want to break the rules and serve cupcakes instead of a wedding cake on your big day? Go for it with these simple rose and pistachio cupcakes. With a hint of fragrant rosewater, these pretty cupcakes will leave your guests feeling rosy inside.
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Spring wedding? These sweet orange and elderflower cupcakes would be perfect. They're easy to make and taste just as good as they look. Display on a white cupcake stand for an elegant finish.
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These red rose cupcakes are great for capturing the romance of your big day. With a dark chocolate sponge, these cupcakes make a romantic wedding cake alternative. Practise piping cupcake roses with our step-by-step video before to make sure yours are perfect on the day.
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There's nothing like a red velvet cupcake to say 'I love you', especially with that vivid red middle. A must for a red and white theme.
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Lemon cupcakes are tangy, sweet and easy-to-make. These pretty cupcakes with a simple fondant topping look professional but are cheap as chips to make. Give as a gift to the newlyweds in a pretty cupcake box for the ultimate wedding gift.
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Violet cream cupcakes are light and fragrant with a lovely floral flavour. They're easy-to-make and taste as good as they look. These delicious cupcakes would make a great wedding gift or a bridal shower contribution. The girls will be more than happy to enjoy these tasty treats.
Get the recipe: Violet cream cupcakes
Want to try something different on your big day? These sweet lavender and honey cupcakes are ideal. With lavender-coloured buttercream and fresh lavender buds, these delicious wedding cupcakes are sure to be a hit. Colour the buttercream with a few drops of colouring to match them to your theme.
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These peach and raspberry cupcakes are a fresh and fruity summer option and are perfect to give as a gift or to serve at your wedding. They only take 35 mins to make and combine soft peaches and tangy raspberries to create the ultimate fruity wedding cupcakes.
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These simple raspberry red velvet cupcakes not only look delicious, but taste delicious too! With a secret raspberry centre, a cream cheese swirl and a fresh raspberry on top, these cupcakes will go down a treat.
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There wouldn't be a wedding without the groom. Make him feel special with these hearty rum and raisin cupcakes. Just add a splash of alcohol to get the party started. A great sweet treat for the engagement party or even a naughty alternative on the big day.
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Chocoholic? Make these indulgent chocolate button cupcakes with chocolate button toppers, chocolate sponge and rich dark chocolate buttercream. These super sweet cupcakes are great for a naughty hen party treat.
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These Italian-style cupcakes are the perfect thing to give your wedding cakes a grown-up edge. With strong coffee and smooth, sweet buttercream they make a delicious ending to a big meal. Colour the icing to suit your theme if you fancy it!
Get the recipe: Tiramisu cupcakes
Going to a spring wedding? Make these easy flower cupcakes for the perfect wedding treat. They look professional but they're so simple to make - what more could you ask for? If you fancy a different colour scheme, a yellow base and a white flower would look just as effective. Add your own personal touch to these special treats.
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A pretty cupcake bouquet is a lovely alternative to flowers. You could even use them as a centre piece for your tables - people would go crazy for an edible centre piece!
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What better way to toast your wedding than with cake? These pretty cupcakes are finished with a fun champagne glass iccng and pretty scalloped edges. You can easily make these toppers ahead of the day and keep them in a breathable box until they're needed.
Get the recipe: Party cupcakes
Want to wow your guests? Just imagine a cupcake tower of these pale green mint cupcakes - it would look beautiful. If you fancy doing something a little different for your wedding, we would definitely recommend these cakes as wedding cupcakes. The contrast of rich chocolate sponge and light mint buttercream is a melt-in-the-mouth delight.
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Want to give your guests a special gift? How about these sparkly cupcakes? The sponge is packed with juicy raspberries and blueberries giving these wedding cupcakes a fruity spin. Sprinkle with some sparkle and give in a cute cardboard box, wrapped with a ribbon - perfect!
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Lemon and vanilla cupcakes are simple to make and definitely look the part. They're a great choice as a wedding gift or a hen party treat. They're cheap as chips to make and only take 30 mins to cook. If you're planning on making more than 12 just double up the mixture.
Get the recipe: Lemon and vanilla cupcakes
Do the bride and groom love apple crumble and custard? Then these apple crumble cupcakes are sure to satisfy their tastebuds. With a soft apple sponge and a creamy custard-flavoured buttercream, these wedding cupcakes will be a big hit at a traditional British wedding. These delicious cakes would also make a perfect hen or engagement party treat.
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Chocolate swirl cupcakes are simple, delicious and very impressive. You can hand make the chocolate decorations by piping chocolate flavoured cake covering onto baking parchment and leaving to set. If you're giving these cakes a gift it would a great idea to pipe the bride and groom names (if you're up for the challenge!)
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Carrot cupcakes are made with a soft and moist carrot sponge and topped with a sweet orange-flavoured cream cheese icing. If you're not too keen on the carrot decoration you could swap them for mini hearts or wedding themed edible decorations.
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Beetroot and vanilla cupcakes are easy to make. The beetroot adds a great colour and flavour to the sponge making these cupcakes moist and irresistible. If you don't have time to make the crystalised rose petals, shop-bought decorations would work just as a well.
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Date and walnut cupcakes are both naughty and nice. With a soft sponge, juicy dates and crunchy walnuts, these cakes would make a great bridal shower gift to share. These rustic cupcakes go great with our coffee creme drink. Treat the bride to both for the ultimate girls' night.
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Make your very own marshmallow cupcakes for the big day. These gooey topped cakes are perfect for your special day. Display on a white teared cupcake stand for a classy finish. If you're giving these cupcakes as a gift, package them in pretty cupcake wrappers.
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Fancy something different? How about these white chocolate and blackberry cupcakes as the perfect wedding gift? These soft sponge cakes are simple and delicious and the sugar flowers are shop-bought making them much quick and easy to make.
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Having a summer wedding? These pretty summer sunflower cupcakes are sure to impress your guests. The soft vanilla sponge and dark chocolate sprinkle make a delicious combo. Present on a floral flower stand for an eligant touch.
If you want to make a box of these cupcakes as a wedding gift you could change the colour of the petals to suit the colour scheme of the wedding.
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Create a little romance with these romantic red velvet cupcakes. With soft cream cheese icing and rich red sponge, these velvety cupcakes are a great treat for a hen do or bridal shower.
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These colourful roses are red, violets are blue mini cupcakes are a pure mouthful of pleasure. Tinted with lemon juice, the sponge is tasty, moist and a refreshing alternative to a traditional wedding cake. Topped with crystalised rose petals, violets and presented on a retro cake stand, these wedding cupcakes are a beautiful choice.
Get the recipe: Roses are red, violets are blue mini cupcakes