Smokey Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes with Bacon Bark

Smokey Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes with Bacon Bark

These Smokey Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes are to die for! Not only are the cupcakes SO moist and chocolatey – they are full of bourbon and smokey salt and topped with a smokey salted bacon chocolate bark. I mean, are you kidding?! The flavors together are SOOOO good!

Even if you aren’t a fan of actually drinking bourbon, you might love these cupcakes. They are the jam. But there is a lot of flavor going on so get ready for a kick in the tastebuds, my friends. These are no joke.

Source: Life, Love and Sugar

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Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes

We’re eating our margs today, ok? These cupcakes with tequila? They’re for cinco de mayo // the cult obsession with margaritas. Proud member right here. I know you are too.

What I have for you today is a very basic lime cupcake recipe. And by basic, I very much do not mean “boring”– I mean simple! Crazy simple. So much so that when I taught this recipe the other night/spilled confectioners’ sugar all over the counter like I do EVERY SINGLE TIME, readers went totally bonkers over their simplicity. That may just be in my head but I swear they’re really easy.

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Pink Champagne and Gold Leaf Cupcakes

Pink Champagne and Gold Leaf Cupcakes

One of my enduring obsessions is decorating cakes with edible gold leaf. It’s just so pretty and I’m drawn to the organic nature of its application. You probably know by now, I love a filled cupcake! I made some pink champagne pastry cream and used it to bring even more champagne flavor to the cakes.

They’re good for all celebrations – large and small! The cakes get a big dose of bubbly in the batter, and the pastry cream holds obvious fruity champagne flavor. If you’re not inclined to purchase champagne, then cream soda may be used in its place, and champagne flavoring oil may be added for a non-alcoholic version.

Source: Sprinklebakes

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Pink Squirrel Cocktail Inspired Cupcakes

Pink Squirrel Cocktail Inspired Cupcakes

I love pink glittery Christmas decor, and it seems to be showing up in my baked goods, too! This cupcake is inspired by the retro ‘Pink Squirrel’ cocktail. The drink is a bit like a milkshake served in a martini glass (yes please) and it’s flavored with crème de noyaux (almond liquor) and crème de cocoa.

I really had fun with this recipe and translated ‘Pink Squirrel’ into something more literal. I made my own glittering pink squirrel toppers from ready-made gum paste, a squirrel cookie cutter and glitter. You can find a cookie cutter similar to the one I used here.

Source: Sprinkle Bakes

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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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