36 Delicious Spring-Inspired Cakes and Cupcakes

Spring has sprung, let's bake!

lemon blueberry cake

When the sun finally comes out, it’s time to celebrate! And what better way than with layer cakes and cupcakes that salute the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies? Bake away those winter doldrums, and get inspired by our 36 cake and cupcake recipes to welcome in spring.

March through May is when some of our favorite fruits and veggies, like carrots, strawberries, and pineapple, are in season, so we’re taking full advantage and baking them in everything. Tip: they ALL go great with a cream cheese buttercream. We’ve even got a few options to say goodbye to the last of winter fruits, like our citrus upside down cake. Beautiful blood and cara cara oranges, you will truly be missed.

Whereas winter is for stronger flavors like peppermint and eggnog, we like to think of spring as a time to lighten things up, so you’ll find subtler flavors like pistachio and champagne among these recipes. We’ve even lightened the cakes up themselves by removing egg yolks or gluten, like in our angel food cake or flourless chocolate cake (+ a version with peanut butter swirled in, yum).

As the weather outside gets nicer, we spend a LOT more time at outdoor BBQs and parties. While a layer cake is impressive, nothing beats convenience more than a cupcake at an outdoor gathering — no knife for slicing? Not a problem when everyone’s got their own handheld red velvet or cannoli cupcake. Check out some cupcake frosting tips here, here, and here.

For more spring inspiration, check out our lists of easy weeknight spring dinners and side dishes.

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Homemade Strawberry Cake

This cake SCREAMS spring.

Get the Homemade Strawberry Cake recipe.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Clearly the most delicious way to eat your vegetables.

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Lemon Blueberry Cake

The tart sweetness of the blueberries amplifies the zing of the citrus.

Get the Lemon Blueberry Cake recipe.

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Succulent Cupcakes

These cupcakes look so intricate, but the truth is that they are beyond easy to make! You can make whatever colors you love and eat the most colorful spring garden.

Get the Succulent Cupcakes recipe.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake is DECADENT.

Get the Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe.

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Blueberry-Lemon Upside-Down Cake

We love a good upside-down cake, and this our favorite one yet. The blueberries get super-juicy as they bake—it's the perfect representation of spring!

Get the Blueberry-Lemon Upside-Down Cake recipe.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

The best part about these is the cream cheese and mascarpone frosting.

Get the Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe.

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Pistachio Cake

Cardamom pairs perfectly with nutty pistachios in this lovely layer cake.

Get the Pistachio Cake recipe.

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Lemon-Blueberry Pound Cake

We're in LOVE with this spring-y pound cake. The sweet and buttery cake pairs beautifully with its tart glaze. It's worth turning your oven on for, even as the temperature outside warms up.

Get the Lemon-Blueberry Pound Cake recipe.

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Cannoli Cupcakes

All the flavors of your favorite Italian treat, in a cupcake!

Get the Cannoli Cupcakes recipe.

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Classic Hummingbird Cake

This is basically a mix between carrot cake and banana bread, and you're gonna be obsessed.

Get the Classic Hummingbird Cake recipe.

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Cheesecake-Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes

Nonpareil sprinkles on chocolate frosting remind us of flowers popping up in spring!

Get the Cheesecake-Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes recipe.

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Lemon Icebox Cake

Icebox cake may be an old-school concept, but this recipe is truly spectacular. The combination of lemon curd and cream cheese frosting is intensely citrusy and refreshing, and the quick candied lemon peel makes it priceless.

Get the Lemon Icebox Cake recipe.

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Best Almond Cake

This is one of those gluten-free and dairy-free recipes that we turn to again and again — it's that good. If you're crazy about citrus, go heavy on the zest (any type!) and your cake will shine like the springtime sun.

Get the Best Almond Cake recipe.

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Carrot Cake

Carrot cake and cream cheese frosting go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Citrus Upside-Down Cake

Celebrate the end of citrus season in style with this upside-down cake!

Get the Citrus Upside-Down Cake recipe.

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Easy Lemon Layer Cake

The bright flavor of this lemon cake is bold enough to wake you up, and the lemony cream cheese frosting is so good, you'll want to eat it by the spoonful. The lemon curd is optional, but adds a punch of tartness with each bite.

Get the Easy Lemon Layer Cake recipe.

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Creamsicle Ombre Cake

This cake is so sunshiny!

Get the Creamsicle Ombre Cake recipe.

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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

We gave the classic flourless chocolate cake an upgrade in the form of LOTS of peanut butter.

Get the Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake recipe.

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Angel Food Cake

This cake is truly heavenly!

Get the Angel Food Cake recipe.

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Lemon Pound Cake

Even better than the one from Starbucks, we swear.

Get the Lemon Pound Cake recipe.

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Mimosa Cupcakes

These champagne and orange cupcakes are the perfect addition to spring brunch.

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Citrus Olive Oil Cake

Lemon and orange zest play super well with the grassy, bright flavors of olive oil, and this cake is wonderful for breakfast or dessert!

Get the Citrus Olive Oil Cake recipe.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake
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Champagne Cake

Forgo your usual glass of bubbly for something a little sweeter.

Get the Champagne Cake recipe.

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Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut butter cake, peanut butter frosting, AND peanut butter drizzle— peanut butter lovers this is for YOU!

Get the Peanut Butter Cake recipe.

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Classic Red Velvet Cake

A classic for a reason— it's so pretty!

Get the Classic Red Velvet Cake recipe.

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S'mores Cupcakes

Here's to warm nights and campfire season!

Get the S'mores Cupcakes recipe.

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Strawberry Crunch Cake

Celebrate spring and the return of fresh strawberries with this shortcake-inspired layer cake!

Get the Strawberry Crunch Cake recipe.

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Tres Leches Cake

This cake is SO moist.

Get the Tres Leches Cake recipe.

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