Everyone knows that cupcakes are really just regular cakes that haven’t grown up yet … which makes them perfect for a first birthday party. Surprise those wide eyes and gaping mouths with an amazingly decorated treat that’ll have their hands clenching, “Gimme, please!” Whether your little one is a vegan or frosting fiend, click through our album to find a recipe that’s just right.

Watermelon Cupcakes

Surprise your sidekick with a watermelon lookalike that tastes more like chocolate, cake and frosting. Get the recipe over at Today’s Work at Home Mom. It uses food coloring, but you can also opt for an au natural tint using beets.

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Have any cupcake tricks, baby-friendly substitutions and more? Share them in the comments below!

— Christal Yuen