cupcakeThe cupcake is like a little black dress -- it never goes out of style. But that doesn't mean you can't "accessorize" the bite-sized treat to perfectly fit your party or special occasion. Classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting is always a winner (and my personal favorite), but sometimes it's fun to experiment with new and different flavor profiles.

Below are 40 of our favorite cupcake-frosting combinations. Keep this list handy for the next time you're in need of a little baking inspiration.

 

 

1. Dark chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

2. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

3. Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes with cinnamon frosting

4. Lemon cupcakes with raspberry frosting

5. Guinness cupcakes with Bailey's cream frosting

6. Banana chocolate chip cupcakes with Nutella frosting

7. Apple cupcakes with salted caramel frosting

8. Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting

9. Gingerbread cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting

10. Chocolate cherry cupcakes with vanilla frosting

11. Caramel cupcakes with chocolate frosting

12. Strawberry cupcakes with dark chocolate ganache

13. Peach cupcakes with almond honey frosting

14. Chocolate cupcakes with toasted marshmallow frosting

15. Margarita cupcakes with tangy lime frosting

16. Spiced cupcakes with brown sugar frosting

17. Zucchini cupcakes with ginger frosting

18. Chocolate hazelnut cupcakes with mascarpone cream cheese frosting

19. Orange-spiced chai cupcakes with vanilla chai frosting

20. Walnut carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

21. Bourbon vanilla cupcakes with coconut cream frosting

22. Key lime cupcakes with coconut cream frosting

23. Black and white cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting

24. Pumpkin cupcakes with ginger-lemon cream cheese frosting

25. Tiramisu cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

26. Bacon cupcakes with maple frosting

27. Dark chocolate cupcakes with mint frosting

28. Oatmeal cupcakes with white chocolate frosting

29. Espresso cupcakes with chocolate frosting

30. Cherry vanilla cupcakes with white chocolate frosting

31. Caramel apple cupcakes with cinnamon cream frosting

32. German chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting

33. OIive oil cupcakes with lemon-thyme frosting

34. Green tea cupcakes with chocolate frosting

35. Butternut squash cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

36. Blueberry vanilla cupcakes with lemon meringue frosting

37. Strawberry basil cupcakes with balsamic frosting

38. Real vanilla bean cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting

39. Ginger cupcakes with honey vanilla frosting

40. Earl Grey cupcakes with lavender frosting

 

What's your favorite cupcake-frosting combination?

 

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