Starbucks cupcakes

December 1, 2011  ·  Posted under Christmas, food & recipes, Thanksgiving & fall

Oh, Starbucks. How I love thee! My love affair with Starbucks started in college, when my best friend and I would go for coffee every week after biology (we needed caffeine because biology was an “early” class, at 10 am… man, those were the days). Given our student budgets we couldn’t get coffee every day, so I still think of Starbucks as a special treat – especially at the holidays, when all the special drinks come out. It’s a sign of the season!

Now, there are lots of copycat recipes for Starbucks drinks online, but of course I’m more drawn to copycat recipes for Starbucks cupcakes. Any one of these would be amazing on its own, but can you imagine a whole Starbucks cupcake bar at a party?! Eeek!

Starbucks cupcake recipes - pumpkin spice latte and peppermint mocha! Starbucks cupcake recipes - salted caramel mocha cupcakes Starbucks cupcake recipes - gingerbread latte and caramel frappucchino!

The recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes via Annie’s Eats (shown here with permission from Annie)

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes via Annie’s Eats (ditto)

Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Cups via Inside BruCrew Life

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes via Baker’s Royale

Caramel Frappuccino Cupcakes via Pixie Crust

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  1. 1
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    Jocelyn says:
    I think a party with a whole bar full of Starbucks inspired cupcakes sounds amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing my cupcakes along with all these awesome ones!!!!
  2. 2
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    Leigh Ann says:
    Thank you! I love you for this! I'm trying not to drool on my iPad.
  3. 3
    Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 6:37 pm
    The Partiologist says:
    This going to be a MUST DO party for me! Thanks for sharing!!!
  4. 4
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 7:19 am
    Karen R says:
    Yum! Can't wait to try some of these, they all look so yummy!
  5. 5
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 11:15 am
    Lori Noragong says:
    Thank you
  6. 6
    Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    ann says:
    You are a great inspiration. Thank you for sharing.
  7. 7
    Sunday, November 4th, 2012 at 8:12 pm
    Jannel says:
    looking for your recipe for the salted mocha brownie cups. did you remove it ? those were really good. thanks for sharing. wanted to try them again but recipe is not coming up.
    • 7.1
      Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 7:36 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Jannel! Looks like the person who came up with the recipe moved her blog. Here is a link to the new address:
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    Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 11:54 pm
    Felicia Nowak says:
    Since Thanksgiving, I have made the salted caramel brownie cupcakes at least 4 times! They were a huge hit for each group. The only adjustment that I made was that after the first time I made mini cupcakes instead of the standard size. They are so easy to make, yet people rave over them! I love making them so much I bought a dessert pro decorator. Thank you so much for a fabulous recipe!!
    • 8.1
      Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 11:41 am
      Heather says:
      I'm so glad you like the recipe!! Jocelyn (from Inside BruCrew Life) is KINDA a genius for coming up with it! ; )
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    Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    Allison says:
    Thanks so much! These look delicious. Can't wait to try some when I have time, especially with the corresponding drink :)
    • 9.1
      Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 3:55 pm
      Heather says:
      I like the way you think! ; )
  10. 10
    Sunday, August 4th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    Emari says:
    This are really good recipes for everything!!!
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    Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    jumana says:
    amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazingggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg in love with starbucks <3