In no particular order, I have scoured the Internet in search of the ground-shaking (and ground-breaking) cupcake flavors of 2016. Are you way past chocolate? Bored by vanilla? Has the salted caramel train come to a screeching halt for your taste buds? Well, take a look over this list and see if any of them appeal to you.
- Orange Crush
One of may favorite drinks from my childhood… ah, who am I kidding? I still love this stuff! There are a lot of “orange sodas” out there, but none of them quite have the distinctive taste of Orange Crush. I mean, c’mon… R.E.M. even wrote a song about it back in 1988! Imagine drinking an Orange Crush, but then imagine it in cupcake form. You’re welcome.
- Egg Nog
Always a popular flavor for the last few months of the year, but I’m willing to sign a petition to make it publicly acceptable to drink egg nog all year long. So, if you hear about such a petition, please send it my way. Maybe the reason why we love this flavor so much is because it brings back some of our favorite holiday memories… and, of course, memories of that one work party that got just a little too out of control?
- Raspberry Lemonade
Maybe the exact polar opposite of the previous flavor, this is a true-blue Summer flavor. Brings to mind the joy of children embracing the capitalist mindset, by building lemonade stands all across the country. Nothing says American Dream, like a bunch of 10 year olds trying to get you to buy watered down, over-priced lemonade.
- Key Lime Pie
When is a pie not a pie? When it’s a cupcake. I’m a huge key lime PIE fan, so this almost had me torn, like Natalie Imbruglia in 1998. But I can happily admit, it tastes like the real deal.
- Dr Pepper
Why stop at just one flavor? Dr Pepper (or “D.P.” as it is referred to in my family) has not just 1, but 23 flavors to tantalize your palate. The supposed mix of flavors range from birch and clove, to amaretto and licorice… though the secret formula has been under lock and key since 1885. There is a level of complexity to this cupcake, which makes me feel even more sophisticated… even though I just ate a cupcake made from soda pop.
- Maple and Bacon
Whoever decided that bacon needed to be made a meme movement, the likes of which the Internet has never seen before? I don’t care… I’m eating bacon! There are popular donut shops out there who pride themselves on “inventing” the maple and bacon donut… but rest assured, they have nothing on the dense buttercream frosting that could dance circles around their don ut shop, all by itself… but then, you add bacon.
Going from a cake to a cupcake, this may be one of the more obvious choices on this list. But sometimes it’s those things that are sitting so obviously right in front of us, that rarely get noticed.
- Apple Pie
MMmmm. Warm apple pie–I mean cupcake. I have a certain fondness for the flaky crust of apple pie, which is definitely missing in its cupcake form. Besides that, there are no other complaints from the peanut gallery. Apples and cinnamon are a thing of legend.
Choosy moms may choose JIF, but picky kids all over the world should never have to look any further for their favorite lunch/dessert combo. My favorite flavor of jam or jelly is raspberry. This combo may be overly simplistic, but I love it!
- Mint Chocolate Chip
If I had to pick my favorite ice cream flavor, it would be mint chocolate (something), hands down. In a cupcake, I just think that dark chocolate and mint have a yin-yang type of relationship. They balance the galaxy in a perfectly tasty Zen-like way.