Father’s Day Cupcakes: the simple dessert recipe to celebrate Dad

Total time: 30 Min + Chilling time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
By Cookist

This Father's Day, why not surprise your dad with these easy-to-make, delicious mustache cupcakes? These fluffy, chocolatey cupcakes are incredibly tender, and topped with vanilla frosting and a decorative chocolate mustache – perfect for papas!

Your dad is sure to be thrilled with these tasty homemade Father's Day treats. Mustache cupcakes are super simple to make – they're made with chocolate-flavored boxed cake mix, which takes a lot of the hassle out of baking. Make these cupcakes for Father's Day or your papa's birthday – they're sure to put a smile on his face.


Use room-temperature ingredients to make your cupcakes. This will help everything blend easier, so you'll avoid overmixing the batter.

Make Father's Day cupcakes up to one day ahead of time.


Father's Day Cupcake Variations 

For ultra-tender cupcakes, use buttermilk instead of regular milk.

Swap out the chocolate cake mix for papa's favorite! Any type of boxed cake mix works for this recipe. Try red velvet, vanilla, lemon, German chocolate, or strawberry.

Use chocolate frosting instead of chocolate mustaches to decorate your cupcakes.

How to Store Father's Day Cupcakes

Keep your cupcakes in an airtight container. They'll last up to 2 days at room temperature or up to one week in the fridge.

for the cupcakes
chocolate cake mix
1 box
Large eggs
Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup
3/4 cup
Sour cream
3/4 cup
Vanilla Extract
2 tsp
for the frosting
butter, softened
1/2 cup
cream cheese, softened
8 oz
Vanilla Extract
2 tsp
Powdered sugar
4 to 5 cups
chocolate sprinkles, for decorating
for the mustaches

How to Make Father's Day Cupcakes

Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners ad set aside.

Pour the cake mix into a bowl and set aside.

Beat in the eggs.

Pour in oil.

Add milk, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

Pour the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them to ¾ full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, they're ready when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and crumb-free. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a rack.

Meanwhile, make chocolate mustaches. Purchase a mustache-shaped mold, then melt chocolate and pour it into the mold.

Place in the fridge to set for at least an hour or until hardened.

To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the vanilla. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.

Transfer the frosting to a piping bag. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.

Decorate the frosting with chocolate sprinkles.

Place a chocolate mustache on top of the frosting. Serve and enjoy!

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