Parkin Cupcakes with Toffee Buttercream

Parkin Cupcakes with Toffee Buttercream

Something about the savory hint in toffee makes it the perfect flavor for cooler weather, especially snuggled up in front of a warm fire. Since these yummy cupcakes are made with parkin, a sticky, moist cake at its best when it is a few days old, they’re the perfect treats to make ahead and warm up for snuggle time. Whip them up a few days before you plan to eat them, then ice them with wonderful toffee and buttercream and enjoy their perfect flavor with some much deserved relaxation.

Source: The Baking Explorer

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Six-Year-Old Bakes Cupcakes for Children’s Hospital

Jackson Moreau Cupcakes

We talk a lot about cupcakes, but one little baker in Idaho Falls has shown us that cupcakes are more than just a scrumptious treat. This six-year-old not only knows how to whip up some dynamite cupcakes, he’s also using his baking efforts to help others in need, one cupcake at a time. Check out this awesome example of using our favorite dessert for good, even in the face of adversity.

Read Jackson Moreau’s story

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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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Butterfinger Cupcakes

Butterfinger Cupcakes

No matter how much you love Butterfinger, it’s impossible to deny the sticky, almost painful mess that is Butterfinger in teeth. If only there were some way to get the delicious flavor of that luscious peanut butter and chocolate combination without the inability to open your mouth for the rest of the day. These Butterfinger cupcakes are the perfect combination of that flavor, without the pain and suffering of Butterfinger aftermath. Topped with a delicious, crunchy Butterfinger frosting to offset the very strong (but delicate) chocolate cake underneath, these are simply a must-make (and a must-eat) for any chocolate / peanut butter lover.

Source: Erica’s Sweet Tooth

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Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Cotton candy is usually reserved for carnivals and Autumn, but who says you can’t celebrate a new year with a little bundle of sugar? Even if you’re starting off a new diet or working toward new goals, these cotton candy cupcakes are perfect for a cheat day, and bright colors only make the day a little happier. You’ll want to spring for cotton candy flavoring or extract to develop that true cotton candy flavor, but once you’ve secured that, the batter is easy to make and appealing to all senses!

Source: Life, Love and Sugar

 

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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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Carnival Cupcakes

Carnival Cupcakes

What better fun to celebrate a new year than with a ton of fun? What if you could take the fun of a carnival and shove it all into one little cup of goodness? Turns out, you can. These carnival cupcakes, based on a chocolate cupcake, are loaded with chocolate buttercream, chocolate ganache, marshmallows and caramel popcorn. Everything you could possibly want in one fun, chocolate-loaded cupcake! Before you devour them though, take a moment to enjoy their whimsy. They’re tons of fun to look at and even more fun to eat.

Source: Baker’s Royale

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Apple Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Apple Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Apple is another ingredient that pairs well with most things, but its union with peanut butter is especially mouthwatering. With a batter including real shredded apple, topped with yummy peanut butter frosting, this is likely to be one of those instantly popular recipes you’ll end up making over and over again. Thankfully, it’s easy to pretend they’re a healthier snack option for kids, friends and sweet connoisseurs alike.

Source: My Baking Addiction

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Snickers Cupcakes

Snickers Cupcakes

There’s nothing quite as comforting, during any season, as the perfect candy bar, and Snickers may be just that. Of course, we’re fans of cupcakes as the perfect sweet treat. Thankfully, these Snickers cupcakes combine the best of both worlds with their yummy rich chocolate base and chocolate peanut butter frosting. That combination is enough of a treat in itself, but drizzle your creation with caramel sauce and top it with a slice of Snickers, and there’s just nothing else to be desired. These scrumptious dessert cups are a real crowd-pleaser, especially if you’re indoors braving a cold winter. So make a few extra, in the spirit of giving.

Source: Your Cup of Cake

 

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Drake on Cake – The Best Discovery This Year

Drake on Cake

We’re kind of ashamed it took us this long, but last week, we at TheCupcakeBlog discovered the Instagram account that is @DrakeonCake, and yes, it is as amazing as it sounds.

Joy the Baker, based in New Orleans, is apparently a fan of the rapper’s lyrics, as she’s taken to including them on her most delicious masterpieces, without holding back. We heard about this yummy account over on Eater.com, but you can enjoy the fruits of Joy’s labor (not literally, because the cakes are only for her) on Instagram. Go on, everybody dies, but not everybody lives.

@DrakeonCake

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