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20 Most Inventive Cupcakes Known To Man37

By B.Z.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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  • Jo Diggs

    Oh wow, that looks cool!


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  • http://www.hghtruth.org/ Kirru

    look sooooo good.

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  • Reine Brioso

    :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p :p

  • http://www.tropixel.com.au Design

    very creative. Love the corn :-)

  • Marjorie

    The pop corn cup cakes are amazing, it took me a while to realise it wasn’t pop corn !
    And I love the toilet cupcake :D
    It even got brown stains on the tiles !! yuuuuuuck XD

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  • Satomi

    yummy! :9

  • http://www.JustWaffleMakers.com JustWaffles

    The cupcakes with the sharks is awesome!the creativity of all the cupcakes is priceless.

  • http://www.theardentepicure.com/ Magic of Spice

    How fun these all look. Very creative:)

  • Dani

    The Obama portrait was done by Zillycakes in my hometown, Buffalo, NY.


    They have delicious cupcakes. <3

  • vzw

    Looks like Timmy frosted the South Park cupcakes.

  • http://n/a latarian

    all of these look delicious. minus the obama ones. i assume they taste like socialism.

  • http://sirjorge.com/blogx sir jorge

    it’s true, those are the best

  • http://formerbrokemom.com Beverly

    Just amazing how creative cup cake makers can be!!

  • Mel

    That’s a cool list, and I’ve seen some of those before, but you have it wrong. The stuff inside creme eggs is NOT fondant.

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  • Kevin

    “20 Most Inventive Cupcakes Known To Man”…. this page is titled like Cupcakes are atomic elements waiting to be discovered or something. I guess I should go back to school for cupcakeology!

  • http://www.exalism.com Angel

    Very artistic sweet !

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  • Lisa

    many of these pictures are from a book: Hello, Cupcake!
    Karen Tack & Alan Richardson

  • Rincewind

    I can’t believe you would have such a disgrace as “Irish car bomb cup cakes.” One of you must be a sick piece of shit to publish this. Never mind the US paranoia about Islamic terrorists, we had the IRA slaughtering and terrorising innocent men women and children indiscriminately for 40 years without one jot of sympathy from the American public. Instead they allowed NORAD to raise money for weapons for the terrorists wholly within the USA. My friends dad was blinded by pieces of bone from someone else’s head, in an IRA pub bombing in Birmingham England. It beggars belief that you could include this in a food item. Sickos.

  • Scott O’Leary

    Over 1M people around the world have read this blog post. Not a single one has commented as you have. Apparently, we are not alone.

  • Rincewind

    What do you expect me to say. How about “Timothy McVeigh exploding Twinkies”!

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  • Carlton

    Sweet post. I really enjoy reading this blog. Keep up the good work.

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    COOOOOKKIIIEEEEEE! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! & braiinnnnnnn

  • Nora

    Bringing to your attention the Cupcake Kebab. Perhaps it can earn an honorable mention. ;) http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com/2009/06/cupcake-kebab-how-to-inquiring-minds.html

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  • a chef

    a better example of a carbomb cupcake is at http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/01/car-bomb-cupcakes/

    And Mel: Yes, the stuff inside creme eggs is fondant. “Fondant” is a generic term to describe any kind of sugar paste. That said, you’re correct that the type of fondant used to decorate these cupcakes is a different TYPE of fondant than that in a creme egg.

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    Maybe, just maybe the best most creative cupcakes gallery I have ever seen, so cool. Thanks

  • Cupcake Lover

    Y’know, I would much rather just eat all of these instead of make them….great job putting them together. But, there still needs to be more GREEN things (not as in a tree-hugger, earth-friendly way, though that would be cool–I mean as in a bright, neon green way. :P ). It all looks delicious, except for the toilet one. What is the toilet made out of, anyway? Sugar?

  • Shaye

    I hate cupcakes!!!!! I love Brocoli!!!!

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