20 Most Inventive Cupcakes Known To Man37
Cupcakes are the new black. From kids’ birthday parties, to weddings, to any festive event, you will likely run into them. And why not? Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? But leave it to the creative culinary freaks of the web to take the trend to some crazy new levels. Whether in the form of a bakery devoted exclusively to cupcakes, a book, a blog, or even our new web series, “Copy & Pastry“, cupcake madness is clearly here to stay. But don’t take our word for it. Below, check out 20 of the most inventive cupcakes known to man. For some, we’ve even included links to recipes for you to try at home if you’re bold (or bored).
1. Cookie Monster Cupcakes
What says “yum” like two desserts in one? This creation is made up of vanilla cupcakes, blue icing and blue-dyed desiccated coconut to give Cookie Monster his puppet-like face. Just add the signature cookie in his mouth to round it out. Move over kids—nothing tempts adults like edible nostalgia.
2. Big Quench Slushie Cupcakes
It takes a true “Glee” fan to come up with a cupcake to honor Fox’s hit TV show. Or any red-blooded American who’s been hooked on slushies and 7-Eleven since they were a kid. Just start with some basic cupcakes, add colored icing, colored sugar, a Twizzler for the straw, and you’re all set.
3. Toilet Cupcakes
We’re not sure what sort of person finds culinary inspiration in a toilet, but we have to admit, this is pretty impressive. And since most of us have hung our heads inside a bowl on a Sunday morning, the thought of eating one isn’t that far-fetched.
4. Obama Portrait Cupcakes
There is certainly no shortage of creative imagery and photography of the President flying around. But this cupcake craftsman took it to another level, using over 1,200 mini cupcakes with several colors of frosting to create this imaginative, tasty mosaic.
5. iPhone Apps Cupcakes
It’s official: Apple has taken over the world. When iPhone apps become things we want to eat, it sure feels that way. This recipe uses plain chocolate cupcakes with grey icing and fondant to create each signature app. These puppies won the 2008 Cupcake Decorating Championship.
6. Mojito Cupcakes
Now you can have your cake and drink it, too. Nothing says dessert like sweets mixed with booze. Add the mint, lime juice, rum and lime zest to traditional vanilla cupcake batter, flavor the frosting with dark rum and garnish. Salud!
7. Pac Man Cupcakes
Take a basic cupcake and that ever-malleable paste, fondant (it’s the sugary, gooey stuff inside a creme egg that can be molded for decorative purposes) and you can make just about anything. Think World of Warcraft cupcakes and Grand Theft Auto cupcakes are in our future?
8. Brain Cupcakes
Interesting. It looks like a kid made the cupcakes, then just messed up the icing. But there is more thought behind brain cupcakes than meets the eye. Make them for your next graduation party.
9. Cheeseburger Cupcakes
Looks savory, tastes sweet. The recipe is a little demanding. You’ll be baking two different cupcakes, slicing off tops, adding the burger part, etc. But you’ll be the hero of your next Super Bowl party with these guys.
10. Popcorn Cupcakes
Movie popcorn? Love it. Cupcakes? Always awesome. Combined? Brilliant. Take plain white cupcakes and add mini marshmallows (using the yellow ones with the white to create the popcorn look). For an extra touch, stick some of those butter popcorn-flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans in the frosting.
11. Apple Pie Cupcakes
It doesn’t get more American than this. This wise baker mixed apple pie filling right into the batter. On top, Dutch apple jam and cinnamon vanilla bean buttercream create the beautiful apple pie look. Clever, indeed.
12. Van Gogh Cupcakes
Take 24 cupcakes and the patience and artistry to attempt to recreate Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and you get some visually impressive dessert options. With just a mix of icings and a masterful brush stroke, you, too, can create edible art.
13. Christmas Tree Decorative Cupcakes
Cupcakes fit with every holiday—Christmas, especially. Take some of that sneaky fondant (again) and a little icing, and make your cupcakes look just like the balls you hang on your Christmas tree.
14. Apple for Teacher Cupcakes
This one is a little more complicated, and a half donut coated in red sugar creates that full apple look. But it’s worth the extra effort to become the teacher’s pet.
15. South Park Cupcakes
With icing and patience, it’s possible to put anything on a cupcake. And with their round faces, the “South Park” kids fit perfectly on a cupcake. Keep an eye on the Cartman cupcake. It might eat itself.
16. Werewolf Cupcakes
While Twilight mania continues to grip women of all ages, Taylor Lautner and New Moon reminded us that werewolves are cool, too. This recipe also contains a lot of detail (get ready for some serious face time with marshmallows and red Fruit Roll Ups), but you’ll surely impress your guests with these cool, creepy cupcakes.
17. Corn on the Cob Cupcakes
From the same masterful duo that brought you the Apple and Van Gogh cupcakes, here’s a summertime treat made a little sweeter. Just use colored jelly beans to make the corn, then add colored sugar for the butter, salt and pepper, and see if you can fool anyone at the barbecue.
18. Shark Attack Cupcakes
Another representative of the macabre cupcake genre, these shark cupcakes are made with Twinkie halves, icing and red fruit leather. Add some chocolate wafer cookies for the fins, and you’ve got yourself a sweet shark surprise.
19. Coffee and Donuts Cupcakes
Wow. Make a coffee-flavored cupcake with icing, and then put a mini glazed donut on top. Simple genius. Cops’ health insurance may skyrocket, but who wouldn’t want to devour all those things rolled into one?
20. Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
You read correctly. It’s an Irish Car Bomb shot, cupcake style. Guinness, Bailey’s and Jameson never tasted so sweet They may not be as pretty or as kid-friendly as some of the others, but booze and chocolate mixed together for an edible shot is incredibly inventive.
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