5 Cupcakes with wow factor

When Carrie Bradshaw ate her pink Magnolia Bakery cupcake on Sex and the City, she set off a trend that continues to grow to this day. Here are some more creative cupcake recipes to shake things up.

Meatloaf cupcakes

You’ve had your fill of chocolate and vanilla — more than your fill (but who’s counting?), and red velvet is a staple (Who doesn’t love cream cheese frosting?). But now you’re looking for new and inventive cupcake recipes to add to your baking repertoire and tempt your tastebuds. Tie on your apron, preheat the oven and get that cupcake tin ready — here are several recipes to inspire you in the kitchen.

Start with savoury

Who says cupcakes have to be sweet? Use that cupcake tin to bake up a fun, savoury dinner appetizer that kids and adults alike will go absolutely crazy for — or several cupcakes, to compose a main course. This recipe for meatloaf cupcakes with cheesy mashed potato frosting is somewhat reminiscent of another comfort food favourite, shepherd’s pie — only in miniature form. How fun is that?

Change the frosting

Chocoholics need their fix of chocolate — we won’t even try to persuade them to try another flavour. But you can play around with a different frostings to create a whole new taste sensation. This recipe for healthy chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting — yes, healthy — comes in with less fat than your typical cupcake. Warning: Marshmallow frosting may become your new food obsession, right up there with cream cheese frosting.

Make it fruity

For a refreshing new taste, try this orange dreamsicle cupcake recipe, which takes the orange and vanilla flavours of your favourite cool summer treat and puts it into cupcake form. What’s not to love? The only downside? Unfortunately, one cupcake does not count as a serving of fruit.

Go nuts

Peanut butter lovers will wonder how they’ve come along so far without having had a peanut butter cupcake. Enjoy the amazing combo of chocolate and peanut butter in this cupcake recipe, which combines both flavours in the batter. (Kick things up a notch by topping it with either chocolate or PB frosting!) Or, bring back childhood memories of your favourite sandwich with this recipe for PB&J cupcakes.

Make them gluten-free

Your gluten-sensitive and intolerant friends will love you for baking up a batch of delicious gluten-free cupcakes, such as these apple spice cupcakes — if they make it to your friends! These cupcakes are so good, everyone (gluten sensitivity or not) will be gobbling them up!

More creative recipes

Healthy strawberry shortcake recipe
Sweet butterscotch oatmeal cookies recipe
Strawberry and kiwi pavlova recipe

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