Cupcakes are a perennial favourite of children and adults alike. There is nothing quite like having your own personal cake that is just for you and nobody else. While classic flavors of cupcakes like chocolate and vanilla will always be in vogue, there are lots of new flavor combinations to try. You might just surprise your taste buds by finding a new favourite cake and icing combination. The following is a list of cake and cupcake flavors that began to trend in 2015 and will only grow stronger in 2016. Be sure to treat yourself by trying something new the next time you are craving a cupcake.
Green Tea Cupcakes with Matcha Buttercream Icing
Matcha is a superfood that is filled with antioxidants and packs a powerful punch of caffeine. Green tea leaves are ground into a fine powder that can be blended into foods or made into tea. Matcha has a delicate earthy flavor. Matcha was everywhere in 2015; in lattes, smoothies, macaroons, and also cupcakes. While green tea may seem like an odd flavor for cupcakes, the sweetness combined with the headiness of the tea make for a heavenly combination. Chocolate cupcakes with matcha icing are also divine.
Violet Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting and Crystallized Flowers
Violet-flavored liqueurs have returned in the last few years after being out of production for half a century. With the surge in popularity of this vintage flavor, baked goods have caught on to this trend as well. Drinks that contain violet liqueur are usually served with a twist of lemon as it compliments the notes of rose and violet present in the drink. Violet cupcakes are amazing with a lemon buttercream frosting. Violet cupcakes that are next level feature edible, crystallized flowers that adorn the top of the cupcake's frosting. Lavender cupcakes also work beautifully with lemon buttercream frosting.
Fig Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting
Figs have been trending for the last few years and are making their way into baked goods. They have a very short season so these cupcakes will only be available in late summer and early fall. Figs have a creamy aroma that pairs well with vanilla-based cake batter. Goat cheese frosting is just as wonderful as cream cheese and brings out the flavor of the figs perfectly. The top of the cupcake can be decorated with fresh figs slices then drizzled with honey as a finishing touch.
For more delicious cupcakes, visit a local specialty cake shop, such as Glamorgan Bakery Ltd.