cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

A sweet mint alternative to tangy holiday peppermint - these rich and decadent chocolate mint cupcakes have a present, but not overpowering, festive feel. The best part? The sweet, smooth, and light peppermint Swiss meringue buttercream. They may take a lot of dedication in the kitchen, but they are worth it completely.

Recipe: Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

from Sweet Life

Sweet Life made these lovely tiny wedding cakes for her little sister, who is currently planning her big day! Speaking from experience (hint, hint), they're something any bride-to-be would be thrilled to receive: mini cakes (adorably named) filled with pineapple, banana and pecans; piped with cream cheese icing; and finished with a gorgeous sugared flower petal.

Recipe: Hummingbird Cake

Chocolate Cupcakes with Mayan Ganache

Chocolate Cupcakes with Mayan Ganache

There are times when I don't care for chocolate so much. And then there are other times when I wish even my toothpaste was made of 100% chocolate, and my mouthwash too while we're at it, because there's just not enough chocolate even in chocolate itself. Seeing this recipe for fluffy chocolate cupcakes covered with a lusciously sweet chocolate ganache puts me in one of those moods. I don't have all the ingredients at hand to satisfy the craving, alas, so I'll be crying chocolate tears on my chocolate pillow if you need me. ;)

Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Mayan Ganache

Raspberry Trifle Cupcakes

Raspberry trifle cupcakes

Raspberry trifle in cupcake form: berries, cake and custard icing - yum!

Recipe: Raspberry trifle cupcakes

Devil's Food Cupcakes

Devil's Food Cupcakes

In honor of Black Friday, these decadent, rich, buttery, and sinful Devil's Food Cupcakes were a perfect substitute for retail therapy. Who needs shopping with cupcakes like these?

Recipe: Devil's Food Cupcakes

Retro Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Retro Thanksgiving Cupcakes

These carrot cake cupcakes came about when the author was feeling nostalgic about her childhood Thanksgiving celebrations. After topping the cupcakes with orange cream cheese frosting ("Not the traditional orange but the orange of the couches I see in all my parents photos when they were children"), she decorates them with edible pearls to give them a chic retro feeling. 

Recipe: Retro Thanksgiving Cupcakes

French Vanilla Fairy Cupcakes

French Vanilla Fairy Cupcakes

How girly and fun are these? Little known fact: to this day, Cinderella is my all-time favorite movie, so I have a special place in my heart for all things Disney. 

Joelen made these adorable Tinkerbelle-inspired cupcakes for a 9-year-old's birthday party this weekend. Sweet vanilla cake, topped with classic vanilla buttercream and pink and purple sprinkles...a perfect complement to any fairy party!

Recipe: French Vanilla Fairy Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

A red velvet recipe that has converted me! These are moist, fluffy, with a hint of chocolate, and the perfect vehicle for piles of cream cheese frosting. From The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Molasses Cakes

Carrot Molasses Cakes

Good things really do come in small packages - especially when it comes to desserts. Matt bakes up these "individual molasses carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting for a layer of loveliness" using a combination of healthy and rich ingredients. I'm in!

Recipe: Carrot Molasses Cakes

Acai Chocolate Flourless Cakes

Acai Chocolate Flourless Cakes

Now this is what I call having your cake and eating it too - check out these "gluten-free flourless chocolate cakes infused with superfruit d'jour acai". These are full of dark chocolate and topped with acai berry whipped cream - so they're decadent and delectable... and loaded with healthy antioxidants. I love it. :)

Recipe: Acai Chocolate Flourless Cakes