20 Mini Cupcakes

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“Life is short. Eat dessert first” is one of my favorite sayings. Sometimes we want a sweet treat without overindulging. Enter, mini cupcakes. Some things are more fun when they’re miniature and these are a pint-sized version of your favorite cupcakes. 

Vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate cupcakes.


When you’re in the mood for a sweet, yet tiny treat, these mini cupcakes take the cake. This roundup of the best mini cupcakes takes you on a culinary journey of bite-sized fun.

They are easy to make in a mini muffin tin and cook quickly. The perfect dessert for many dinners, holidays, or parties, and are all around fun to eat. Whether you eat one or five, you’ll be guilt-free due to their fun size. So read on and find your new favorite, irresistible, bite-sized sweet treat.

1. Mini Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla gets a bad rap for being boring, but nothing is boring about these tasty vanilla mini cupcakes. Topped with vanilla buttercream, they are the perfect bite-sized treat without being too sweet. 


2. Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate makes everything better.  These dainty cupcakes take the cake with their chocolaty goodness. The chocolate frosting is creamy, fluffy, and amazing. A great little morsel of goodness when you’re in the mood for chocolate. And let’s be honest, we’re always in the mood for chocolate!

3. Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet mini cupcakes are great to make for dinner parties or when you’re in the mood to fancify your dessert game. They get their name from their red color and velvety texture. Soft, smooth, and fluffy with a leveled-up cream cheese frosting. 

These mini cupcakes are an eye-catching, upscale, and mouthwatering dessert. 

4. Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin spice lovers unite! There’s no need to wait until the fall to enjoy these miniature cupcakes. Full of that pumpkin spice flavor we know and love, they are soft, fluffy, and a quintessential fall favorite.

They have a luscious cinnamon cream cheese frosting to top them off and satisfy the staunchest pumpkin spice lover. 

5. Mini Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberries are the star of these cupcakes and strawberry jam is the secret ingredient making these mini cupcakes a moist, light sweet treat.

A favorite among the littles, they are topped with cream cheese frosting and a slice of fresh strawberry creating a beautiful mini piece of art. 

6. Mini Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

These are a great change of pace when you want to mix things up and elevate your dessert routine. These strawberry lemon mini cupcakes are bursting with flavor.

The lemon and strawberries complement each other creating a bright, fresh flavor. Topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting, these are perfect for your Spring and Summer events. 

7. Mini Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon desserts can pack a punch and these bite-sized cupcakes hit the mark. They are full of fresh lemon flavor with a lemon buttercream frosting.  A refreshing treat, they are perfect after a heavy meal or any time of the day. 

8. Mini Chocolate And Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I’m not sure there is a better pairing than chocolate and peanut butter. A literal match made in heaven. These little cupcakes are just that, little bites of heaven.

The chocolate cupcakes are stuffed with a mini peanut butter cup and topped with a peanut buttercream frosting. These indulgent cupcakes are guilt-free with their small size. 

This recipe is next-level goodness. Anyone who loves chocolate chip cookie dough, ice cream, and cookies will love these little bites of deliciousness.

The chocolate chip cookie dough is frozen and then baked in the middle of these mini cupcakes. Topped with chocolate buttercream frosting and you have your new favorite tasty treat. 


10. Mini Mimosa Cupcakes

These are the perfect brunch, holiday, or party dessert. The mini cupcakes are infused with orange juice and zest giving them a nice burst of flavor. They are topped with a champagne buttercream frosting (YUM!) and when you eat them, they taste just like the mimosas we know and love.

Even if you aren’t a champagne lover, these little mimosa cupcakes are bright, fresh, and an appetizing treat. 

11. ICEE Mini Cupcakes

ICEEs are a throwback to childhood for adults and a favorite of kids still today. These cupcakes are such a huge hit with the kids and the perfect treat to take to sports games, birthday parties, or to have just because.

They are yellow cupcakes with cherry ICEE frosting. Easy to make, inviting and flavorful to eat, and an all-around hit! 

12. Snickerdoodle Mini Cupcakes

Snickerdoodle cookies are a flawless blend of sugar and cinnamon. This recipe takes that classic blend and turns them into mini cupcakes. Yellow or White cake mix is used for the cupcakes and is infused with cinnamon keeping them moist and fluffy.

They are topped with a cinnamon buttercream frosting. A delectable sweet treat to satisfy any craving. 

13. Key Lime Cupcakes

These mini key lime cupcakes are a refreshing and zesty miniature dessert. They are light, bright, and oh so good. Instead of frosting, the bite-sized goodies are topped with a lime-infused whipped cream topping making it much lighter than traditional frosting.

The lime flavor is balanced in the cake so it’s just the right amount of flavor for a fun alternative to the beloved key lime pie.

14. Gluten Free Mini Cupcakes

Gluten-free desserts have come a long way in the last decade and these mini cupcakes prove it. You cannot tell the difference from their full gluten counterparts. Choose between classic vanilla or decadent dark chocolate cupcake recipe to make.

Each can be topped with your favorite frosting and ready to enjoy. I promise that if you don’t tell your family or guests, they won’t know they are gluten-free.  

15. Mini Chai Cupcakes

Take your love of chai lattes and turn your attention to these chai latte cupcakes. Full of the chai latte flavor you love, they also have a hint of vanilla in them. They are topped with silky smooth white chocolate and chai Italian buttercream. A sweet treat fit for any holiday or gathering. 

16. Dark Chocolate Mini Cupcakes

These decadent and delicious mini cupcakes are the best little treats to satisfy that sweet tooth. They are rich and earthy in flavor from the dark chocolate. The salted caramel gives them the ideal balance of sweet and salty.

Together they make for an indulgent, delectable dessert with their mini size producing a fun and fancy treat.  

17. Pink Velvet Cupcakes

Similar to red velvet cupcakes, these pink velvet cupcakes are smooth, soft, and velvety. Whether you’re making them for fun, a party, a holiday, or family Sunday dinner dessert, they are always a hit.

The buttercream frosting gives them their sweetness and their fun-size makes them a great treat.

18. Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

This recipe takes the plain old vanilla to the next level. Utilizing vanilla beans gives these cupcakes a more earthy, smooth, and creamier flavor. They are topped with a fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting which makes these mini cupcakes a vanilla lover’s dream. You won’t be able to eat just one. 

19. Mini Black Bottom Cupcakes

Black bottom cupcakes are full of chocolaty goodness. They have a creamy cheesecake filling and mini chocolate chips mixed into the batter creating a luscious and heavenly dessert.

They get their name from the chocolate cake batter base and are also known as tuxedo cupcakes. Whatever you call them, they are bursting with rich, delicious taste. 

20. Fudgy Brownie Bites

These brownie bite mini cupcakes are the perfect size to satisfy that sweet tooth without overindulging. Full of fudgy chocolate they are balanced with a topping of fluffy chocolate mascarpone whipped cream.

The whipped cream is a nice light balance to the rich, fudgy chocolate.  They are the ultimate mini dessert. 

How to store mini cupcakes

They can be stored in an airtight container. It will depend on the ingredients if they need to be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature. To be safe, store in the refrigerator and then when ready to serve, let them sit out at room temperature for 15 minutes.

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Vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate cupcakes.
5 from 1 vote

Mini Cupcakes

By Heather
20 recipes for the best mini cupcakes.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 6 mini cupcakes


  • Store mini cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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