If you’ve gotten tired of the same old boring chocolate, white and vanilla cake cupcakes, look no further. This summer-y “alternative” cupcake is made from some standard ingredients: flour, sugar, butter and eggs, but is flavored with some non-standard ones: avocado and lime. The frostings (there are two atop these treats) consist of avocado (mashed avocado, butter and sugar) and lime cream cheese (cream cheese, butter sugar and lime extract.) Are you ready for something different?
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Make your own Happy Hour treat with these Meyer lemon limoncello cupcakes. The limoncello in the batter and the frosting turn these into an adults only treat that should not be served to kids. Of course you can always make a batch or two without the limoncello, but where’s the fun in that? These cupcakes are flavored with the aforementioned limoncello, fresh Meyer lemon juice, and Meyer lemon zest. They are filled with homemade lemon curd, and topped with cream cheese frosting – there isn’t much sweetness in these cupcakes!
Chai latte cupcakes are a great fall or winter cupcake, especially when you tire of the classic chocolate and vanilla flavored treats. What’s unique about this recipe is that it uses instant chai powder, rather than requiring you to mix the spices on your own. This gives them a stronger, more robust flavor. Other seasonings, like cardamom and vanilla, are used in the batter as well. The frosting is a buttercream that has been flavored with cinnamon and more cardamom. Talk about your unique, yet tasty, combinations!
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What’s better than a vanilla cupcake? One with a surprise inside, of course! These homemade vanilla cupcakes (made from vanilla extract, eggs, flour, unsalted butter and sugar, among other things) are baked in festive cupcake liners. Once they have a chance to cool, the fun begins – slice out a hole in the center and pour in a batch of mini m&m’s, before replacing the top of the cupcake and frosting like normal.
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Forget peanut butter and chocolate – the new combination that everyone is raving about is pumpkin and chocolate. These cupcakes take the best of both worlds by combining something delicious (chocolate) with something delicious and healthy (pumpkin.) The rest of the batter is easy to make, as it consists of yellow cake mix, brownie mix, and several additional ingredients. While these treats are baking, whip up some vanilla bean buttercream frosting to make them complete.
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Sometimes the classics are the best. Even though you can make cupcakes that contain everything from squash to spinach, and in flavors like Nutella, pineapple and rose (yes, rose) there are some that are infinitely better than the others. Look at these chocolate chocolate cupcakes, for example. They consist of chocolate batter, flavored with chocolate powder and vanilla extract, and are topped with chocolate icing and a few chocolate shavings. Classic, yet perfect.
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Carrot cake cupcakes and cream cheese frosting combine to make these adorable Easter themed cupcakes. The carrot cake batter contains a few unique ingredients: pineapple, pecans, coconut, and, of course, carrots. The homemade buttercream frosting is used in its original color to make the nests (add a few mini Cadbury eggs for effect) and tinted yellow to make the Easter chick cupcakes. A few extra details, like bits of chocolate for the eyes, and voila! Easter goodness.
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A Funfetti cupcake is a special cupcake, perfect for making at Easter as it has mini eggs set in the twirled vanilla frosting. With a regular cupcake when out of the oven, cut out a hole in the center and fill it with a surprise of your favorite instant pudding mix. Twirl on a vanilla topping and then arrange at least three mini eggs on it. You now have the perfect Funfetti cupcake, which will delight and please the whole family.
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Few things make a better snack than tiny, bite sized cupcakes. These ginger ones are flavored with ground ginger (hence the name), grated nutmeg, lemon zest, vanilla extract and fresh ginger. The frosting is a homemade lemon cream cheese, that perfectly compliments the cupcakes without overpowering them. Bake these treats, let them cool, frost them, and then top off with some sliced, candied ginger to give them a little extra kick. You’ll find these hard to resist!
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Chocolate Stout cupcakes can easily become a delectable adults-only treat, especially if they are coated in a homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting. These cupcakes, which consist of room-temperature Guinness, eggs, yogurt, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sugar, flour, melted butter, ground cinnamon and baking powder, are fairly easy to make, once all of the ingredients have been gathered. Once they are baked and covered in luscious vanilla cream cheese frosting, you won’t be able to resist them!
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