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★ Grown-Up Cupcake Recipes | Fun Cocktail Flavors & Sophisticated Fairy Cakes for Adults ★

Updated on January 30, 2015
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Top 10 Grown-Up Cake Ideas to Inspire

Cupcakes are super yummy and there are so many varieties - so I've put this page together to list my favourite cupcake flavours and recipes just for grown-ups. That means plenty of cocktail themes and alcohol, so these are not for kids!

There are White Russian, Appletini, Green Tea and many more fun and unusual ingredients, perfect for impressing at your next party :-)

I hope you find this selection appetizing.

Pimm's Cupcakes

Plus whipped lemonade with bitter orange & cucumber gel sticks!
Plus whipped lemonade with bitter orange & cucumber gel sticks! | Source

Cupcake Recipe Books & Products

There is such a fun assortment of cupcake molds, decorating kits and recipe books available to choose from, that you can quickly go overboard! Here are my top picks:

Kuhn Rikon Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Set
Kuhn Rikon Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Set

This fun kit contains squeezy bottles, different shaped tips and a spatula, which all help you to decorate cupcake with a variety of colors and patterns.

 
Fred & Friends NOMSKULLS Baking Cups, Set of 4
Fred & Friends NOMSKULLS Baking Cups, Set of 4

I love these silicone molds and they would be perfect for a batch of spooky Halloween cupcakes!

 
The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book)
The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book)

This big book of cupcakes contains 175 recipes for a wide range of flavor combinations and designs, from kid's to sophisticated ideas.

 
Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make

A fantastic resource for cupcake recipes full of imagination and creativity, including cakes replicating pizzas and a vegetable patch.

 
500 Cupcakes (500 Series Cookbooks)
500 Cupcakes (500 Series Cookbooks)

This must be the biggest collection of recipes, surely?! Packed full of 500 baking instructions, this book features new and refreshing ideas as well as the classics.

 

Saffron, Almond & Pistachio Cupcakes

I'm cheekily including 3 recipes in one place here with 3 different yummy cupcake flavours to represent the Indian Tri-Color.
I'm cheekily including 3 recipes in one place here with 3 different yummy cupcake flavours to represent the Indian Tri-Color. | Source

Biscoff & Kahlua Crunch Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcake with Kahlua, 'Biscoff' spread frosting, chocolate ganache, 'Skor' candy bar shards and crumble. Looks so good!
Chocolate cupcake with Kahlua, 'Biscoff' spread frosting, chocolate ganache, 'Skor' candy bar shards and crumble. Looks so good! | Source

White Russian Cupcakes

Made with milk, vodka and Kahlua!
Made with milk, vodka and Kahlua! | Source
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How to Make Chocolate Shapes

Chocolate shapes are so easy and cheap to make but can really make a cupcake look something special. You can do loads of different shapes including hearts, stars, spirals and arty squiggles. Enjoy!


What you will need:

* 4oz/110g Chocolate

You can use any amount of chocolate you want really (although it's easier to burn the chocolate if you have too little), and also any type. Chocolate chips are a very popular form of chocolate to use (bittersweet, semi-sweet etc), and it doesn't matter whether you use milk, white or dark chocolate - it's just personal preference.

* Double boiler OR a saucepan and a large non-plastic bowl OR a microwave and a microwave-safe bowl

* Piping bag or plastic squeeze bottle (you will find them in any cake decorating shop)

* Wax/parchment paper


- First you need to melt your chocolate, being careful not to burn it. There are a few different methods for doing this and you can read about them here and here.

- Transfer the chocolate to either a squeeze bottle or a piping bag. You can make your own piping bag with a freezer bag if you need to; just cut a very small amount off one of the bottom corners to let a thin stream of the chocolate through.

- Lay a large piece of parchment paper out onto a table, making sure it's held down flat.

- Drizzle chocolate onto the paper in different patterns, making sure that you don't make too many thin sections as this will probably end up breaking when you come to remove the chocolate from the paper. Solid shapes are a safe bet.

- When you have finished let the chocolate set for an hour or two (in the freezer).

- Very carefully remove the chocolate shapes from the paper by curling the paper away from it.

- Finished! Now use the shapes to decorate your cupcakes :)

Appletini Cupcakes

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Vanilla with Key Lime & Chocolate with Raspberry Cupcakes

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Graham Cracker Cupcakes

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Crème Brûlée Cupcakes

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Rum & Coke Cupcakes

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Black Truffle & Vanilla Cupcakes

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      cocktailsexaminer 5 years ago

      These all look amazing! Fantastic pictures!

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      RecipePublishing 5 years ago

      I've always loved cupcakes.

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      RecipePublishing 5 years ago

      Oh how yummy!

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      luckyone924 5 years ago

      look yummy! i got to try them. great lens!

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      alex89 lm 4 years ago

      nice lens, I love cupcakes!

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      piarejuden 4 years ago

      oh gosh... i feel like a three year old in a candy store!! Cupcakes do that to you... :P

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      wecomparebooks 4 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      EmmaCooper LM 4 years ago

      Lovely :) Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      These cocktail flavored cupcakes are worth the try!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Wow! These all sound scrumptious and tasty...looking forward to trying them all.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great flavor combinations. Want to eat some now!

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      MeaPoethree 3 years ago

      Hi Studentz, Hi there!

      Great lens, good idea, nice cupcake. I like the Black Truffle & Vanilla Cupcakes!

      I have a lens about my Indonesian traditional cake, see it:

      http://www.squidoo.com/making-bakpia-cake-the-indo...

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      GEMNITYA5 2 years ago

      Really mouth watering cupcake-recipes

      Also shared on Facebook :)

      Blessings

      GEM

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