Itís not often that you find pumpkin and chocolate mixed together in a dessert and after eating these cupcakes I can honestly say, I have no idea why. The sweet pumpkin pairs perfectly with the bitter cocoa. Then the addition of some orange zest and food coloring brightens the flavor and look. These orange and black chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with orange cream cheese frosting will have the kids going wild at your next Halloween party.
Source Good Life Eats

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Old Fashioned Cupcakes Orange Buttercream Recipe

These Old Fashioned Cupcake with Orange Buttercream Frosting are made for adults only. This is due to the whisky in the frosting and soaked over the cupcakes. Basically, the addition of alcohol turns these treats into the perfect thing to serve on New Years’ Eve, a football tailgate, or BBQ. The cupcakes are flavored with orange zest, orange juice, and orange extract. The frosting contains more orange zest and extract, and once these are frosting, they are coated in orange sawdust, making them extra citrus-y as well!
Source Serious Eats

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Mini Cinnamon Chocolate Cupcakes with Iced Buttercream and Candied Walnuts

If you truly want a different kind of snack, consider making a batch (or two – you may have a hard time resisting them!) of these mini cinnamon chocolate cupcakes. They are made from, of course, cocoa powder and cinnamon, as well as nutmeg, balsamic vinegar, flour, and a number of other ingredients. The frosting is a spiced buttercream, complete with almond milk and pumpkin pie spice. On top of that are the candied walnuts. All three work together to make an unforgettable combination!
Source Oh She Glows

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Birthday Cupcakes in a Cone

The only thing better than celebrating your birthday with cupcakes is celebrating it with cupcakes baked in an ice cream cone. These particular ones are vanilla flavored, but you can make them from any batter or flavor combination that you choose, as long as they are baked in ice cream cones. Because the cones need to stay upright while baking, you need to use standard, flat bottomed ones, not sugar cones. However, the results are worth it!
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Lavender Colored Cupcakes

A themed party can be made infinitely better with color-coding. This means keeping the napkins, drinks, straws, plates and cups all one color. In this case, that color is lavender, and the theme extends to the cupcakes. Turning your formerly bland colored cupcakes a lovely shade of lavender involves starting with a white or vanilla cake mix. (White cake mixes will work better than vanilla, simply due to their base color.) Add in a few drops of food coloring before combining the ingredients, and voila!
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Browned Butter Carrot Cupcakes with Salted Candied Pecans

Carrot cakes can be made even better, thanks to the substitutions and changes seen here. These contain a whopping 13 ingredients, including buttermilk, applesauce, eggs, flour, ground cloves, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and, of course, grated carrots. The resulting cupcakes are very moist, and quite tasty, making the work worthwhile. The frosting is a cream cheese buttercream to which cinnamon and meringue powder have been added. Are you sure that you only want to eat one?
Source Curly Girl Kitchen

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Blueberry Baby Cakes

These blueberry cupcakes (or baby cakes, as this recipe calls them) are made from a combination of different gluten-free flours, including sorghum, rice, buckwheat and tapioca starch. The flavor comes from the fresh – or frozen, your choice – blueberries, some nutmeg, brown sugar and bourbon vanilla extract. Once these blueberry cupcakes have baked, drizzle their tops with some lemon glaze and then serve. Of course, you can always forego the lemon glaze, they are just as delectable without it!
Source Gluten Free Goddess

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

For the life of me, I canít figure out why pumpkin pies are the go to Thanksgiving dessert. Lately a number of pumpkin pie flavored cupcakes have been making the rounds and they are worlds above a boring old pumpkin pie. These Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting were inspired by the classic pumpkin pie, but with a tasty, bite-sized twist. The cake is airy and moist, but packed with flavor.
Source My Baking Addiction

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Cheesecake Cupcakes With Strawberry or Salted Caramel Topping

What’s better than cheesecake cupcakes? Cheesecake cupcakes topped with caramel sauce and strawberry sauce, of course. These cupcakes consist of crushed graham crackers, cream cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and several other ingredients. Once they’ve baked, cooled and been refrigerated for several hours, they are ready to be topped with either homemade caramel sauce or homemade strawberry sauce. Feel creative? Add a drizzle or two of chocolate before serving these sweet goodies!
Source Cooking Classy

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Vanilla, vanilla, and more vanilla. Vanilla is what these cupcakes are all about. Itís a chocolate lovers world out there, but itís about time the vanilla lovers unite and start making some truly tasty desserts. I was getting a bit of a chocolate overload recently. It seems that most people just canít make a dessert without adding chocolate somewhere. Well you wonít find a hint of chocolate in these Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing. They are light and airy, yet somehow still super moist. They are also super versatile and can be topped with anything from nuts to sprinkles to fruit.
Source Martha Stewart

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