If you're new to baking, cupcakes are generally a safer bet than attempting to frost a layer cake. Go the classic vanilla route, make a homemade take on Hostess's iconic version, or try your hand at tender carrot cupcakes. Want to get a bit fancy? Stuffed cupcakes are easier to make than they look; our favorites include double-lemon and chocolate peanut butter.
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