The official wardrobe swap happened for me this weekend. All my knitted winter sweaters are in storage and my summer sundresses are out! I cannot even begin to explain how thrilled I am with this new seasonal clothing development. Now that I’m fully ready for sunshine and pool parties, it’s important to get inspired for what to bring to those BBQ’s and pool parties this summer. Why not bring a tray of delicious sweet cupcakes that have summer written all over them? These 15 summer cupcake recipes will set your dessert apart from the crowd and will be so fun to eat! From cupcakes pretending to be watermelons, to allergy friendly cupcakes, we have you completely covered for the summer dessert season!


1. Watermelon Cupcakes

You can be anything you want to be. And if that means a cupcake wants to be a watermelon, let it! I mean, how adorable are these little things? Also, serious question, does the nutritional content increase when a cupcake looks like a fruit? You decide.

2. Grill Cupcakes

These cupcakes are the perfect dessert to serve at a BBQ or at a birthday party for someone who loves to be the King or Queen of the Grill! Topped with some sweet gummies, er, veggies, it makes for a colorful and delicious dessert.

3. S’More Cupcakes

Not only do I love the neutral color scheme for these treats, but I’m a major fan of s’mores and cupcakes. So when you combine the two, my question is, does it get better than this? No. No it doesn’t.

4. Crab Cupcakes

Beach Party Time! Show up with the sweetest crab (cup)cakes anyone has ever seen. They may take a minute to assemble, but with a few enthusiastic helpers bribed by sugar, they’ll be done in no time.

5. Lemon Lime Cupcakes

Summer is the season of citrus. Flavoring drinks and treats alike, the flavor is always refreshing and simply scrumptious.


6. Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Carnivals aren’t the only place you can find cotton candy! These cotton candy cupcakes will make you reminisce about being a kid and begging your parents for cotton candy at the local fair. They are also lovely to look at and very memorable.

7. Luau Cupcakes

It’s the ultimate pool party cupcake because even the Teddy Bears are excited to go swimming! Top off with a litle beach umbrella and some graham crackers and you are good to go!

8. Mini Hydrangea Cakes

Ready for the cupcake recipe that will take you from cupcake amateur to cupcake connoisseur? These little cakes are covered with little hydrangea blooms and even have layers of icing in the center! They are perfect for a classy tea party.

9. Coconut Cupcakes with Key Lime Buttercream

There can’t be a better combination of refreshing flavors than lime and coconut. Bite into these tropical tasting desserts that are topped with an actual slice of lime.


10. Piñata Cupcakes

My goal this summer is to eventually master the whole cupcake-filled-with-goodness trend. Who wants to be my taste testers?! They are so pretty and very photogenic – not to mention SO SWEET!

11. Blueberry Lemonade Cupcakes

When blueberries are in season, we look for just about any way to incorporate them into our cooking and baking. Make a sweet and sour cupcake with this delicious recipe filled with blueberries and a splash of lemon.

12. Neapolitan Cupcakes

These look SO good. Vanilla cupcakes filled with chocolate and topped with strawberry frosting is just the perfect combination of flavors. I really can’t get over how amazing these look.

13. Berries and Cream Cupcakes

When everything is in season, don’t discriminate! Add all the berries you can find! They make beautiful cupcake garnishes as well.


14. Home Made Funfetti Cupcakes

My absolute favorite cupcake comes from a box. Yes, it’s that Duncan-Hynes Funfetti Cupcake mix. But now, I can make it at home from scratch! I’m really excited about this one.

15. White Chocolate Cupcakes with Blueberry Buttercream *soy, nut, gluten free

Baking for a crew of people with eating restrictions? Here’s your go-to recipe to accomodate just about everyone! I love the combination if white chocolate and blueberry. No one will know these are gluten free!

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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