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Our Favorite Crown-Worthy Cupcakes

Did your favorites make it to our list?! Or did your favorite go on to win the crown? Our incredibly talented readers sure do know how to whip up a batch of tasty cupcakes, which we look forward to taste testing in the future!

We recently announced the winners of our 2012 CELEBRATIONS CUPCAKE CROWN, which if you were too busy drooling over the entries to realize the winners were as follows: In first place, the delicious SWEET TEA VODKA CUPCAKES from Susie Anderson, in second place a batch of TOOTH CUPCAKES from Erica, and coming in at third were Natalie Corres' ICE CREAM CONE SUNDAE CUPCAKES. Our readers did a great job picking some amazing cupcakes as winners, but we have some favorites of our own that we wanted to give some love to.

And since there could really only be one winner of the cupcake crown, we'll take this chance to give an honorable mention to some of the amazingly creative cupcakes who may not have won the crown, but still won our hearts (and taste buds) over!

Some of our favorite get points for beauty, while others get points for creativity in the build and ingredients list. We love getting unique with our dessert recipes, and are so thrilled that our readers have just as much fun messing around with recipes that may seem a little less traditional. Sadly, there's too many cupcakes and not enough time to try them all, so for now - we'll stick to staring at photos of these sweet gems for hours. And really, after a few hours of staring at photos of frosting you can't help but get a whiff of vanilla in the air.

  • These Starbucks Cupcakes by Koko's Kitchen are the perfect cupcake version of a frappaccino! And none of those confusing sizes, either!

  • Three Margarita Floor by Blondie's Cakes was made with tequila and lime; all you need for a dessert-sized Cinco de Mayo party! Talk about a fiesta-worthy treat!

  • Who can resist a cinnamon roll based cupcake?! Filled with apples and covered in streusel, I'm jealous of whoever got to taste test this creation by Inspired Taste.

  • How creative is this Princess Leia Cupcake by Just Jenn Recipes? We love how she used Oreos for her hair. Star Wars never sounded so delicious.

  • My Baking Heart whipped up this creative Dr. Pepper Shot Cupcake! Not only is Dr. Pepper in the batter, a shot of the soda sits on the top of the cupcake.

  • Tiffany entered this super cute Sock Monkey Cupcake that we absolutely adore! She made it for a young girl's birthday party and I'm sure they were a huge hit!

  • For those of you that love lime, this cupcake is for you! Java Cupcake created a lime flavored cupcake with tart lime syrup topped with cherry buttercream.

  • These Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen are strategically created with a donut hole and melting chocolate. Don't they look divine?

  • I will never turn down a cupcake, especially if it has an Oreo baked inside of it! These Cookies and Cream Cupcakes come from the kitchen of Curly Girl and are topped with cream cheese frosting.

  • You can't go wrong with this sweet and sugary cupcake from Cake Spy. She created a vanilla cupcake with cotton candy-infused pink buttercream frosting and then added a pretty bunch of cotton candy on top!

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