Vanilla Ginger Spice Cupcakes with Brandy Buttercream

Vanilla Ginger Spice Cupcakes with Brandy Buttercream

One of the best parts of winter is cuddling up with a warm, hearty meal. These cupcakes make not be quite a meal, but they do feature a warming blend of spices and ginger sure to melt through the ice and snow, no matter where you find yourself. Based on a vanilla cake recipe with a few touches of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and molasses, then topped with homemade brandy buttercream, these cozy winter treats are as good a reason as any to snuggle up on the couch and get to know Netflix a little better.

Source: Cup of Sugar :: Pinch of Salt

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Prohibition Bakery’s Mai Thai Cupcakes

Mai Thai Cupcakes

New Year’s celebrations are known for being the perfect champagne occasion, but if you’re not into bubbly, or into drinking your booze, you can still usher in 2016 with an edge, thanks to New York City’s Prohibition Bakery.

Just one of the 55 recipes included in the legendary bakery’s new book, these Mai Thai cupcakes put a whole new twist on the world of fruit-filled cupcakes, namely with a touch of your favorite rum. The cupcakes themselves sound delicious enough, filled with healthy-option ingredients like yogurt and coconut oil, but once these babies are topped with a grenadine and coconut rum frosting and injected with rum, they’re sure to be a collection of cakes that start off any year right, especially since they’re small enough to be hors d’oeuvres.

Source: InStyle

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Peachy Orange Marmalade Cupcakes

Peachy Orange Marmalade Cupcakes

When you think of marmalade, you may think of breakfast and toast. This cupcake will change your mind about marmalade’s place in the day and give you the excuse to devour sweets in the morning. Perfection, in either case. Plus, bringing something that isn’t chocolate or red and green to this year’s holiday party is sure to set you apart as the baking connoisseur you are. These cute little cakes marry the flavor of orange marmalade with a delectable peach filling, all topped with peach-schnapps-infused buttercream, because this is a party, after all! Match your topping to the season, box these babies up, and you’re good to go!

Source: Sprinkle Bakes

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Old Fashioned Cocktail Cupcakes

Old Fashioned Cocktail Cupcakes

Anyone for a cocktail?A cocktail cupcake, that is. Begin this yummy journey with a vanilla base, then have a little fun adding flavors like orange zest and your favorite whiskey (be honest, you DO have a favorite), for an Old Fashioned disguised as a bite of cake. For this recipe, be careful not to use all of your whiskey in the base (or for tasting purposes…that’s important too!), as you need to reserve some for brushing on the baked cakes. This finishing touch adds back in a little of that “old fashioned” flavor you’ll inevitably bake out. Be sure to eat and drive responsibly with these, and don’t forget the bitters!

Source: Baking Bites

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Easy Flower Cupcakes

Easy Flower Cupcakes

If you survived Halloween weekend and still have to bake, you’re likely looking for something easy. These flower cupcakes will do the trick and are perfect for the chilly Autumn season. Think chocolate maple bourbon cupcakes, topped with delectable maple buttercream flowers. Yeah…who can resist such a combination? You might want to make a few extra batches so nobody is disappointed when they go back for seconds.

Source: Erica’s Sweet Tooth

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Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel

Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel

Are you feeling like a child who just needs to escape your adult body, even just every once and awhile? Maybe you want to swing on a park swing or run around in nothing but your underwear or throw a tantrum. I’m sorry that I can’t…uh….encourage any of those things, but I can certainly encourage you to give these delicious morsels a little tasty taste. Why? Because they have a little Kahlua love in them. They are only for adults, but they’re still cupcakes…so they can bring you back to your childhood for a few much-needed seconds. Or, they can kick off a very adult weekend. Your call. The recipe only calls for a couple of teaspoons of Kahlua…but don’t be shy. Enjoy!

Source: Life, Love and Sugar

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Hell’s Kitchen Sink Cupcakes

Hell's Kitchen Sink Cupcakes

You may not get the chance to visit Hell’s Kitchen, but you can bring a grand taste of it into your home with these hell’s kitchen sink cupcakes. Brownie-batter-based frosting laced with chili and cookie dough balls atop dark chocolate Guinness cupcakes is, frankly, a recipe for heaven. That touch of cayenne mingling with chocolate will have your palate asking for more. Featuring lots of moisture and never-ending flavor, these cupcakes are a no-brainer for adult-only parties.

Source: Erica’s Sweet Tooth

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Pina Colada Cupcakes

Pina Colada Cupcakes

You could say that when you are boozing it up with these cupcakes, you’re doing it in a very classy way. Or you could just say, “TGIF!” Pina Colada Cupcakes are every bit as good as knocking back a few real-life Pina Coladas. The thing about this particular cupcake though, is that it has a double whammy when it comes to the alcohol. These babies are rum soaked AND filled with pineapple preserves, which no doubt acts as a wonderful vessel for gathering up a bit more of that rum flavor. It just might be that these are a don’t eat-and-drive delectable! (But wouldn’t they be worth it?)

Source: bakers royale for BHG

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Pina Colada Cupcakes

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Do you like pina coladas? Or getting caught in the rain? Well, good, these cupcakes might be right down your alley! Some regular flour, coconut extract and pineapple juice turn these regular ol’ white cupcakes into a delicious replica of the ever-popular drink…without the buzz! Add the right frosting and a little coconut on top, and you have the best little morsel a Saturday afternoon by the pool (or on the beach, if you’re lucky) can buy.

Source: Love&Custard (Formerly Mrs. B’s Kitchen)

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Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Marionberry Frosting

Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Marionberry Frosting

It is certainly not rare when a cupcake comes along with a frosting recommendation, but for these chocolate red wine cupcakes, marionberry frosting is not a SUGGESTION, but a NECESSITY! The frosting makes these scrumptious treats, and you’ll regret eating them without it. Well, you won’t regret it, but you’ll be sad when you finally do taste one with the frosting, because you’ll realize on the taste you were missing out on. Oh, and the wine doesn’t hurt, either. Check ‘em out and see if they might be down your alley!

Source: Blahnik Baker

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