Pictured: Guinness Gingerbread Cupcakes recipe from CHOW

Cupcakes aren’t just tasty desserts. They are therapy in a paper wrapper. Joy and comfort covered in frosting. Don’t believe me? Take a look at these 10 cupcakes that are perfect for different situations.

1. Break Up With Your Really Hot Boyfriend

CHOW

You need comfort…NOW. Fudgy cake, creamy peanut butter frosting. And Netflix. Get our Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe.

2. Impressing Your Cool New Running Coach

CHOW

Everyone needs to have a sweet sometimes, right?! And won’t your coach love that there are no animal products in this recipe? Get our Basic Vegan Chocolate Cupcake recipe.

3. Eating Your Vegetables

CHOW

Well, this one is obvious. A little yogurt buttercream frosting sure makes zucchini a lot easier to stomach. Get our Zucchini Cupcakes with Tangy Buttercream Frosting recipe.

4. Diffusing Holiday Tension

CHOW

Because your cookie cutters have rusted, Grandma is a little too tipsy, and the holiday tension absolutely NEEDS TO BE BROKEN with these spicy-sweet treats. Get our Fresh Ginger Cupcakes recipe.

5. Avoiding Winter Scurvy

CHOW

It’s SO HARD to eat your fruit in winter, especially when most of us miss the peaches, plums, and berries that summer brings. While you wait, load up on citrus in the most delicious, cream cheese-enveloped way possible. Get our Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

6. Showcasing That SUPER EXPENSIVE Fair Trade Coffee

CHOW

These soft, buttery vanilla cupcakes highlight the coffee without stealing the show. Get our Vanilla Bean Cupcakes recipe.

7. You Want To Relive The 90s With Reruns of Sex and the City

Pinch My Salt

An oldie but a goodie, this classic red velvet cupcake is everything that you want plus a pair of cargo pants, a baguette-shaped clutch, and a cell phone bedazzled with pink rhinestones. Get the recipe here.

8. It’s Breakfast Time

Fritos and Foie Gras

These egg white “cupcakes” are quick, healthy, and so delicious that you won’t even remember how many nutrients you are eating. Get the recipe here.

9. You Are Celebrating Yet ANOTHER Baby Shower

The Novice Chef

Drink up the cupcake way with these cranberry and vodka infused Cosmopolitan cupcakes. Why? Because you CAN.  Get the recipe here.

10. You Want To Break Two Kosher Dietary Rules At Once

My Baking Heart

Milk with meat (more specifically, pork)? It doesn’t get any more delicious than these bacon-jalapeño-peach cupcakes with spicy cream cheese frosting. Eat an extra one for your rabbi. Get the recipe here.

Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching “Arrested Development” reruns.
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