Celebrate National Cupcake Day With These Delicious Recipes

Top it with buttercream frosting and fresh berries, fill it with creamy chocolate ganache, or simply dust it with powdery confectioners sugar, but whatever you do, don't forget to eat a cupcake today! Today is National Cupcake Day (and New Year's resolutions are still two and a half weeks away) and we can't think of a better time to bake a batch of homemade cupcakes. Here are three delicious reasons to indulge:

Coconut Snowball CupcakesPaperChefClick here for the recipe.

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These coconut cupcakes are prefect for all occasions — a tropical treat during the summer and a wintry snowball when the weather gets cold. With coconut in the cake, the custard filling, and the frosting, you're guaranteed to get lots of sweet, coconut flavor.

Mini Almond Financier CupcakesPaperChefClick here for the recipe.Vanilla Cream Cheese Cupcakes with Raspberry ButtercreamRed Jacket OrchardsClick here for the recipe.

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Financier is the French word for "financial," and these delicious little almond cakes (traditionally baked in the shape of rectangular gold bars) are worth stockpiling; they're light, spongy, and delicious. This version is made with vanilla bean pastry cream and baked in a mini muffin pan.

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The secret to these delicious berries-and-cream cupcakes? Cream cheese — it gives the cake batter extra moisture and richness and it pairs well with the raspberry frosting. If you can't find black raspberries, you can make the frosting with red raspberries or blueberries instead.

Click here for more of our best cupcake recipes.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.