Eating well and enjoying a variety of colorful foods has huge benefits to the way we look. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can help protect your skin against damage and help us look younger longer. But sometimes we really just want something sweet.

But it turns out it’s easy to get skin-beautifying ingredients like strawberries, chocolate, almonds, and pumpkin into a delicious cupcake. Some of these even include skin-beautifying powerhouses like avocado and kale.

Check out these 8 recipes for delicious cupcakes with skin-beautifying ingredients:


Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes by Parent Pretty

Starbucks knows what it’s doing with the Pumpkin Spice Latte thing. As soon as it starts to get cold, people queue up for those things. As long as we’re getting in the spirit, try this pumpkin spice cupcake. Pumpkin is rich in Vitamins A, C, and Zinc, which are essential for your skin’s health. It also has cream cheese frosting, which is just really damn tasty.
If you find yourself with leftover pumpkin after making these, try some as a face mask.


Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Ghosts by Adventures in Cooking

Chocolate is also an antioxidant-rich “superfood,” and here it’s paired up with pumpkin for a Halloween-appropriate cupcake with an impressive décor. If you can make those little ghosts and pumpkins without making them slide all over the place, everyone you serve these to will be rightly impressed.


Chocolate and Avocado Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Buttercream by Milk and Honey

We’re always impressed and pleasantly surprised by the places avocados turn up. The omega-3 rich fruit is excellent for your skin (both when consumed and applied topically) and it’s one of the most delicious things in the world. Here it pairs with chocolate for a butter-free plate of vegan cupcakes.


Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes by Julie Van Rosendaal

You know how buttercream frosting is really good, but it’s also really just butter and sugar? Turns out you can make an avocado buttercream without all the butter.


Chocolate Coffee Cupcake with Cherry by Gotuję, bo lubię

Want to impress someone? This is the way to do it. And cherries are one of the most antioxidant-rich things you can put in your mouth. Also, this includes coffee, which is one of our favorite things and also can temporarily de-puffify your face and under-eye circles.
This recipe is in Polish, but Google Translate can render it into English for you.


Beet and Kale Chocolate Cupcakes by The Realistic Nutritionist

You know how your mom used to hide carrots in macaroni and cheese to sneak healthful foods into your mouth? Well the Realistic Nutritionist just hid a beet and kale salad in this cupcake. But it still tastes like a chocolate cupcake.


Valentine’s Day Beet Cupcakes by Hot, Spicy and Skinny

These ones do the same thing with vitamin C-rich beets to make a somewhat more healthful version of the classic red velvet cupcake.


Roasted Strawberry and Mascarpone Cupcakes by Buttercream Blondie

Strawberries are an amazing source of vitamin A and C, and they’re also extremely good when roasted. These add their flavor to a basic vanilla cupcake with mascarpone frosting.