World's Weirdest Cupcakes (according to the Daily Mail, UK)
Chicken and waffle sponge anyone? The world's weirdest cupcake flavours revealed including bacon, liquorice and TOBACCO
Trend for specialised cupcakes started in the US but is now worldwide
Strange flavour combinations include savoury rosemary with olive oil
Weirdest cupcake is chicken and waffle from a bakery in Ontario, US
By Angelica Malin For Mailonline
Published: 04:43 EST, 18 September 2015 | Updated: 04:43 EST, 18 September 2015
Love them or hate them, cupcakes have certainly made their mark on the world’s baking scene.
The US set the trend for specialised cupcake bakeries, but now the world is taken over and no city is without them.
If you fancy something different, from American Brunch, which features crisp bacon to cigar cupcakes, flavoured with Scotch and tobacco here’s where to find the world’s weirdest cupcakes.
Everyone’s heard of Hummingbird Bakery. The American-style bakery was founded in 2004 to bring the authentic taste of American home baking to London; there’s now six branches across London, and branches as far as Dubai.
With queues around the corner and cookbooks which have sold well in excess of 1.5 million copies, they are doing something right.
For a quirky flavour, try the American Brunch cupcake, which is inspired by stacks of fluffy American pancakes, with a soaked vanilla sponge with smoked bacon pieces, filled with salted caramel, topped with maple syrup cream cheese frosting.
For a more classic flavour, they make some of the best Red Velvet around - spongy, light and topped with a generous layer of decadent cream cheese icing, it always hits the spot.
Cups and Cakes Bakery opened its first retail location in SoMa in November 2009, and now is a San Francisco favourite.
The bakery specialise in homemade cupcakes with over 60 flavours, from Rich Red Velvet and Root Beer Float to Pancake Breakfast,and Thai Tea.
For a taste of something really wacky, try the Viva Las Vegas; a banana bacon cake with peanut butter buttercream, which sounds wrong but tastes so right.
Where to get them: Cup and Cakes Bakery, 451 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, US
Mexican Hot Chocolate
For a taste of the bespoke, head to London for the awesome Crumbs & Doilies. Their Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcakes features dark chocolate and chilli - a warm, spicy mix, guaranteed to brighten up your day.
Their cupcakes are baked fresh to order in small batches by their team; each one is hand-decorated by a same small gang of cake-obsessed individuals.
Every cupcake uses the finest available ingredients, including organic free range eggs, organic Doves Farm flour and Callebaut chocolate and cocoa.
From Jamaican Ginger to caramel pretzel, you simply can’t go wrong here. For delivery, you can pick from quirky flavours such as blueberry cheesecake, raspberry coconut and spiced pumpkin.
Where to get them: Crumbs & Doilies, London, 1 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW, UK
Sweden’s first cupcake shop, Cupcake STHLM aims to bring a taste of America to Stockholm. The founders picked up tricks from their time in the US, along with two grandmothers ancient recipes, to create an extraordinary experience.
The vision is to create a genuine American cupcake, where they let old Swedish traditions weave into the interior design and above all, taste. The best produce, quirky flavours and just a touch of Swedish magic.
Order The Ninja Turtle – a chocolate brownie cupcake with pear and marshmallow and the Grandmother, a cupcake made with carrot and walnuts topped with orange, vanilla and lemon cream. Their Vegan Cappuccino cupcake is a chocolate sponge with coffee and chocolate topping - heavenly.
Where to get them: Cupcake STHLM, Stockholm, Tunnelbanestation St: Eriksplan, 113 32 Stockholm, Sweden.
Rhubarb and Custard
Jeannie owns J-bird bakery, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Their premises on Bloomfield Avenue in Belfast was once her Granny Betty's Bakery. She grew up around cake, learning how to bake from watching her grandmother, and now continues the family business under the same roof at number 129.
There’s lots of great seasonal specials to look out for, including the quirky Rhubarb and Custard cupcakes. Other unusual flavours include Irish Coffee, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Guinness cake - but you can’t leave without grabbing an Almond Praline cake - the most delicious almond cake with scrumptious almond praline frosting, it’s a taste of pure joy.
Where to get them: J-Bird Bakery, Belfast, BT5 5AB, UK.
Rosemary & Olive Oil
Los Angeles’ Sprinkles is a local institution; the world's first cupcake bakery in Beverly Hills, their freshly baked treats have inspired long lines of devoted Hollywood stars and serious epicureans alike.
They are handcrafted from the finest ingredients, including sweet cream butter, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, fresh bananas and carrots, real strawberries and natural citrus zests.
Sprinkles’ Olive Oil cupcakes take a Mediterranean-inspired twist on classic chiffon cake. Extra virgin olive oil imparts moisture and depth into this slightly savoury, butter-less cupcake. Drizzled with an orange glaze lush with aromatic rosemary sprig pieces, this cupcake is a taste of heaven.
Where to get them: Sprinkles, various locations. Log on to www.sprinkles.com.
Chicken and Waffle
Mother-daughter team Melinda and Naomi Moreno founded My Delight Cupcakery in 2009, and it has become one of Southern California’s prominent go-to cupcake stops, winning multiple awards for their creations.
Come here for great daily specials, such as the unusual chicken cupcake. They call it the Late Night Breakfast for a reason. Think: a light and flavourful waffle-inspired cupcake stuffed with perfectly seasoned buttermilk-marinated fried chicken, topped with a smooth and buttery maple frosting, a golden piece of fried chicken, and a drizzle of their secret blend of maple syrup and spices. This cupcake is only available on Wednesday, so get there quick. Other specials include Cannoli Cupcakes - a Cannoli inspired cake, stuffed and frosted with sweet Italian cheese, topped with pistachios, mini chocolate chips and a cannoli.
Where to get them: My Delight Cupcakery, 1520 North Mountain Avenue, Ontario, CA, US.
Sugar Mama Bakeshop is the brainchild of Olivia and Steve O’Neal, which has grow over the past few years to become the leading cupcake shop in the Austin.
The key to the taste is the produce; you’ll find nothing but the highest quality ingredients in all of their from-scratch recipes. If you like sesame, you need to try the Harlow's Honey Baklava cupcake. This buttermilk honey cake is made with Round Rock honey, baklava filling, cinnamon buttercream and topped with a filo puff - it’s sweet, light and deliciously moreish.
Other unusual flavours include the Malt Shoppe - a chocolate cake topped with malted cream cheese buttercream and a malted milk ball, and the Brown Ale Cupcake with a brown ale from Real Ale Brewing, topped with a blackberry and maple buttercream and finished off with crushed bar mix.
Where to get them: Sugar Mama Bakeshop, 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX, US.
Serenity Cupcakes is a cupcake bakery situated in the heart of Copenhagen, with the best homemade cupcakes.
The flavours at Serenity vary and are somewhat untraditional; try Red Liquorice Devil - a vanilla sponge with raspberry, Belgian white chocolate and liquorice powder from Johan Bülow, topped with meringue frosting. If you like banana, don’t miss the Banana Bumblebee - a sponge made of banana and chocolate with a pinch of nutmeg. Dreamy.
Where to get them: Serenity Cupcakes, Grønnegade 32, 1107 København, Denmark.
Scotch and Cigar
If you’re looking for cupcakes with a boozy hit, Prohibition Bakery is the place to go. A two-woman cupcake operation on the Lower East Side, Prohibition Bakery churns out some of the most fun cupcakes in the city - each one flavoured with alcohol.
Try everything from the Basic Bitch - White Girl Rosé, lemon, goat cheese and peach - to Old Fashioned cupcakes - whiskey, bitters, orange, whiskey soaked cherry. The Scotch and Cigar cupcakes (one per customer) are a quirky mix of molasses, tobacco and Laphroaig scotch.
Where to get them: Prohibition Bakery, New York, 9 Clinton St, New York, NY, US.
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