Nothing says party time like cupcakes, except cake, which is like one large cupcake. Cupcakes are loved by both kids and adults and their compact size and endless topping and decoration possibilities make them easy to transport, store and customize. As great as cupcakes are, we have limited their yumminess by not being creative enough with the flavors. After all, it’s hard to get excited about choosing between plain chocolate or white vanilla. Whether you’re making desserts for a birthday party for an 8-year old or a 48-year-old, a bake sale, a social gathering with friends or family or a baking competition, here are some unique cupcake flavors that will be sure to stand out:

 

Bacon Surprise Cupcakes

 

If you’re going to a Super Bowl party, Father’s Day get together or celebrating your man’s birthday, these bacon surprise cupcakes are a must that will delight the boy or man in your life regardless of age.
After all bacon and manhood go hand-in-hand, right? The recipe may seem a little unorthodox, but the salty sweet taste that result makes for one happy hubby. What man (or woman) doesn’t like bacon?

 

Link to Recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/maple-bacon-cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes

Want to add a fun twist to your Friday night start of the weekend girls’ night or maybe a yummy summer pool party dessert? While these grown up only cupcakes can be a fun way to relax and unwind after a long week at the office, the tequila in these cupcakes can be omitted and enjoyed by kids.

Link to Recipe: https://www.browneyedbaker.com/margarita-cupcakes-cinco-de-mayo/

Caramel Apple Cupcake

There’s nothing like going to a county fair or a fall harvest festival and chowing down on a sweet, but tart gooey caramel apple while enjoying the cool evening. With these caramel apple cupcakes, you can almost imagine you’re out in the crisp air enjoying the festive, fun atmosphere. If nothing else, you can enjoy the taste of a caramel apple without the sticky mess.

Link to Recipe: https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/caramel-apple-cupcakes/

Donut Cupcakes

Love sweets? With these mini donut cupcakes, you can enjoy tow of your favorite pastries at the same time: donuts and cupcakes. Simply grab a cup of coffee, pull up a seat on the patio and relax in the warmth of the morning sun and the backdrop of chirping birds. If you want, you can grab your cupcake donut and meander down to your favorite donut shop if people watching is more your favorite morning relaxation ritual.

Link to Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/214651/donut-muffins/

Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini is one of those love-hate vegetables. People either love it or they hate it. Zucchini has made its way into numerous baking recipes because of the texture it adds and its amazing nutrients and health benefits.
The zucchini taste in these cupcakes is almost unnoticeable making them ideal for those who are trying to eat more healthy and for parents looking for a way to get vegetables into the diets of their picky eaters.

Link to Recipe: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-cupcakes

Lavender Cupcakes

Lavender is known as a hardy aromatic plant that has beautiful purple flowers. It is not only pleasant to look at and smell, but it has many uses and benefits including being a natural insect repellant, a sleep inducer and stress-reliever. The market and demand for lavender essential oils have increased as more people are looking for natural aroma therapy treatments for health and sleep disorders. While these lavender cupcakes are full of the stress-relieving calmness of lavender, their pleasant aroma will be a party stopper, not a nap conductor. Try these lavender cupcakes at you next backyard BBQ or summer tea party.

 

Link to Recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/lavender-cupcakes-with-vanilla-bean-frosting/

Pink Lemonade Cupcake

Nothing says summer like stopping by a kid run and operated lemonade stand where for $1 you can enjoy a small cup of homemade lemonade while helping kids raise funds for something fun. The sweet and tangy drink has become synonymous with summer. While these pink lemonade cupcakes won’t be able to quench your thirst like lemonade can, they can give you the same combination of sweetness and tartness which you can enjoy all year round.

 

Link to Recipe: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pink-lemonade-cupcakes/f2b726de-4fd1-4ace-a8b0-3a0cf769d02a

 

Churro Cupcakes

 

There is something about the hot, sugar and cinnamon covered churro that makes it enjoyable to kids and adults alike. With these churro cupcakes, you can indulge in these Mexican turned American quintessential snacks without having to go to Mexico or wait in line at Costco. You can enjoy the finger-licking goodness of a churro right in your home.

 

Link to Recipe: https://thedomesticrebel.com/2015/05/01/churro-cupcakes-2/

Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

 

The increase of food allergies means you probably have at least one friend or family member allergic to some food ingredient. This can put you in a bind when you volunteer to bring dessert to a group gathering.
With these gluten-free, vegan cupcakes, you don’t have to worry about making multiple desserts to satisfy everyone’s diverse dietary restrictions. Both those with and without allergies or food restrictions will enjoy the yummy classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate. These gluten-free, vegan cupcakes have ingredients that can be substituted to be enjoyed by your peanut allergy friends (though they will no longer have peanut butter flavoring to them).

 

Link to Recipe: https://theprettybee.com/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-muffins-vegan-and-gluten-free/

 

 

Image Credits:

Bacon Surprise Cupcake: Author- Karen; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/misbehave/4777384451

Margarita Cupcake: Author- kgroovy; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/kristinausk/3489035784

Caramel Apple Cupcake: Author- Katy; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pink_princess/9018547200

Donut Cupcake: Author- Crafty Lady 13; Link- http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/mini-doughnut-cupcakes-264096?photo=190617

Lavender Cupcake: Author- hozinja; Link- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lavender_cupcakes.jpg

Pink Lemonade Cupcake: Author- Rachel Kramer Bussel; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/rkbcupcakes/3762586694

Churro Cupcake: Author- Cooking Cinderella; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/17934477301

Gluten-Free Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes: Author- Elanas Pantry; Link- http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cupcakes-427214?photo=250176