Monday, August 15, 2011

~elc's~ Top 11 Flavors of 2011!

So you have read the 10 Most Popular Flavors among everyone all over the globe-- (see April's Blog).  These flavors will always be popular and high in demand when going to a cupcake shop.  Well for 2011 we are noticing that so many others are willing to step out of the box and try these new & exciting flavors! 

Ghirardelli Red Velvet
We all know that red velvet is one of the most popular flavored cakes everywhere.  It's cocoa base is the perfect taste for even the not so fan of chocolate.  And though I usually put a ganache filling in mine to enhance that chocolate flavor, I also can make it without-- which is still just as awesome and gives it that perfect amount of sweetness that you're looking for, not to mention the vanilla cream cheese frosting that goes with it is the best!  This is the perfect cupcake flavor for any person, any party, any time of the year!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
Rich chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter chips inside topped with creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting, drizzle chocolate ganache over the top and top with a peanut butter cup and you have a real divine treat!
Carrot Cake
Spiced cake with fresh carrots, golden raisins, and pecans topped with a cinnamon ginger cream cheese frosting.  This has become one of my most demanded cupcake flavors.  Again--it doesn't matter what time of the year it is or how hot it is outside...  Everyone loves this cupcake, it's truly a hit!

Georgia Peach
Made with vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg-- this cupcake is phenomenal if you love peaches, and the cinnamon cream cheese frosting is the perfect combo!  When I smell this cupcake out of the oven and I'm about to frost it-- I start to think of a sweet Georgia* peach cobbler. A perfect Summer time treat!

Creme Brulee`
Creme Brulee` is one of America's most desired desserts.  It's one word. Decadent!  This cupcake can be made with a chocolate or vanilla base and then it's filled with actual homemade creme brulee`.  Top the cupcakes with a vanilla whipped cream & blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries AND this is really the best cupcake flavor ever!

Give Me S'mores
The old campfire classic takes on a new identity as a charming cupcake. Graham flour, available at health food stores and speciality markets, flavors the cupcake base, which is topped with chocolate glaze and piled high with pipped sticky marshmallow frosting, browned to mimic the effects of toasting over a camp fire. In addition top with crushed graham cracker & piece of chocolate to make it really come together! Yummy :)

One of my personal all time favorite cakes. I grew up eating this a lot, especially when it was my Dad's Birthday. This light airy spongy cake has such a unique flavor. Just fill it with a homemade chocolate pudding and top with homemade whip cream, especially if you're like me and like more of a "lighter" frosting. Add some fresh fruit, and drizzle with caramel & you have yourself the perfect cupcake!

Key Lime Pie
I think of the first time I moved to the South and had key lime for the first time. I loved it! I am a huge lime fan, thus why I also like margaritas so much.  So now turning it into a cupcake was heaven for me.  You can have fun with this one too.  Vanilla-lime cake, you could fill with the lime custard and top with a lime cream cheese--using fresh lime juice & top with some crushed graham cracker. It's perfect when you're craving that sweet-tart flavor!

Chopped fresh strawberries are folded into the cupcake batter, and diced strawberries are added as a garnish for a pretty-in-pink treat. Milk chocolate buttercream ups that chocolate covered strawberry flavor. I also do a strawberry cream cheese frosting if you don't want the buttercream.  It has become one of my personal favorites no matter what time of the year it is!

Vanilla- Bean Cannoli
So I grew up in a small town in upstate, NY with a bunch of Italians, and we had the best pizza in town.  If you were craving a good cannoli for dessert--you could get some of the best.  I remember I couldn't wait to make this cupcake!  Vanilla-bean flavor cake filled to the top with a cannoli filling, and mini chocolate chip cream cheese frosting. Too much cheese you say?  Nope. There's never "two" much sweet cheese filling or cream cheese on a cupcake!

Cupcakes that are made with a combination of ingredients commonly found in a really tasty autumn pie- pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. These are the cupcakes that will be one of the best tasting for that spice flavor you may be looking for. Most shops may have your standard pumpkin with a buttercream frosting, but this-- this is straight owey goey deliciousness that will keep you comin' back for more no matter what time of the year it is & a perfect flavor to have with coffee!

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