25 of the Most Outrageous Cupcake Flavors EverFebruary 14, 2013 | in Housekeeping
With boutique cupcake shoppes opening in metropolitan areas and media outlets weighing in on what makes these sweet morsels so trendy, the cupcake is enjoying an undeniable surge in popularity. As these tiny cakes become ubiquitous, enterprising chefs are forced to think far outside the box to come up with new and innovative flavors. These are 25 of the most outrageous!
- Dark Chocolate-Bacon – The flavor combination of chocolate and bacon may seem a bit strange to the unfamiliar, but the taste profile is a favored one among foodies.
- Beer Cheese – Beer cheese is a Kentucky staple, and has become a nationwide favorite for sports and Kentucky Derby parties. These unusual cupcakes are an unexpected choice for your next gathering.
- Fried Chicken – With a buttermilk cake base and fried chicken placed both inside the cupcakes and used as a topping, these tender morsels are a unique culinary experience.
- Mango Chili – Mango chili salsa is a popular topping for fish and poultry in some cuisines, but the combination has also found a home in this cupcake recipe.
- Salmon – Combining a love of seafood and sweet pastries is odd, to say the least. This recipe is a strange one, and certainly a creative choice.
- Okra – If you’re not put off by the slimy texture of this Southern cuisine staple, you may find that you’re a fan of okra cupcakes with fennel frosting.
- Kiwi Lychee – Combining two exotic fruits makes for a delightful, if unanticipated, tropical treat.
- Garlic – The blend of chocolate, coffee and garlic flavors in these cupcakes may sound off-putting on paper, but the garlic is actually mild enough to be far from overpowering.
- Pina Colada – Pineapple and coconut flavors aren’t reserved solely for frozen cocktails! These cupcakes bring the legendary duo back together, this time in baked-good form.
- Baked Bean and Tomato – The mastermind behind these barbecue-themed beauties recommends them for autumn gatherings.
- Persimmon – Persimmons are an unusual fruit to begin with, and putting their unsightly bodies and odd flavor into a cupcake is courageous, to say the least.
- Sweet Potato-Bourbon – These cupcakes are for adult noshers only! Bourbon has long been the secret ingredient in sweet potato casseroles. Now this dramatic duo takes center stage in a cupcake.
- Pink Salt and Pink Pepper – Chocolate and pepper is a combination that dates back to the Aztecs. In this recipe, the flavors are accessible to those with gluten sensitivities.
- Butternut Squash with Sage – The Thanksgiving-esque flavors of this singular cupcake make it an ideal choice for those autumnal family feasts.
- Chocolate Curry – The traditional blend of spices used primarily in Indian cuisine pairs nicely with chocolate in these baked beauties.
- French Toast – The ultimate early-morning comfort food makes its way to the dessert table with these streusel-and-maple-buttercream-topped delights.
- Egg Nog – Nutmeg-spiked custard is synonymous with the winter holidays. Whether you plan to make these cupcakes for a holiday gathering or to satisfy a mid-year eggnog fix, you’re sure to be pleased with this recipe.
- Chocolate Cherry Coke – Coca Cola is an American classic, so it’s only natural that the syrupy beverage finds its way into miniature baked goods at some point.
- Huckleberry Raspberry Marshmallow – Packed with huckleberries, topped with a raspberry glaze and then iced with a marshmallow frosting, these cupcakes are an unexpected treat.
- Cider Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting – Feed a hungry autumn crowd with these delicious, seasonal treats. Topped with a fluffy marshmallow frosting and the delicious combination of apples and cinnamon, these cupcakes will fly off of the table.
- Grapefruit Cupcakes with Chai Icing – Fans of chai tea and the acidic citrus flavor of grapefruit will love this clever and ultimately winning combination.
- Snickerdoodle – If you’re accustomed to taking your snickerdoodles in cookie form, these cupcakes may be a welcome change of pace.
- Margarita – When happy hour isn’t in the cards for you, whip up a batch of these spiffy cupcakes to wash your worries away.
- Caramel Macchiato – These cupcakes are favorites of those who can’t get enough of a coffee fix, and taste like something whipped up by an expert barista.
- Strawberry Lime – The twist that makes these cupcakes so original is the whole strawberry hiding under the lime buttercream frosting
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