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Meanwhile, on Twitter.

We asked our followers to discuss the heightened prevalence of the humble cupcake. Once a kitsch, yet lovely, addition to childrens’ birthday parties, now cupcakes have become a worldwide phenomenon again and people are passionate about their mini cakes.

American shows like Cupcake Wars and DC Cupcakes have helped the baker step out of their comfort zone and use some imagination to come up with some decidedly quirky and alternative flavours and taste combinations. Upside down cupcakes, margherita cupcakes, pea cupcakes…we’ve heard it all!

We asked our lovely followers what #cupcakeflavour they would be and they had a diverse range of responses! (Join the discussion and many more, by following us RTEfood on Twitter!)

@reducebyhalf said “I make a mean courgette and parmesan cupcake”, @LorraineGriffin added “rosemary and olive oil cupcake with whipped herby goat’s cheese on top” while @JaneRussells offered “twice baked black pudding soufflé cupcake”.

@Modernfarmette said “loving all of your #cupcakeflavour inspiration this morning. how about a caramelised brown bread [cupcake] w whiskey icing [sic]“.

Other suggestions we had were scotch and soda cupcakes, pancake batter and maple bacon, as well as toasted oat cupcake with honey-cream topping.

Some more conventional ideas came from @crankyciara who said “white chocolate and raspberry with champagne frosting” and @mexicancookeire who thought “chocolate and ancho chilli flavour topped with ancho chilli cream”.

Red velvet cupcakes are a phenomenon alone in their own right. With that enchanting burgundy colour tantalising taste buds, @foodandbevlive simply said “red velvet all the way”. @Hunterslodge1 said their cupcake would be “ingredients from my garden – honey, eggs, raspberries and blackberries etc.”

Here are some of our ideas:

  • Not a specifically Irish recipe but what about a Christmas Pud cupcake doused in brandy and flamed! obv without paper case!
  • What about savoury # cupcakeflavour something that incorporates black pudding might be interesting and nice!
  • Anyone ever tried to mix soda (as in farls, bread) into a # cupcakeflavour ?
  • What about something like cashel blue icing! Daring but tasty, i’d imagine!Maybe a tea-infused bran cupcake with cranberries and cherries with a brandy cream on top?
  • # cupcakeflavour we cannot forget bairin breac.Could we incorporate into a cupcake?Zesty marmalade glaze on top with candied peel!
  • Definitely think something hedge-grow flavoured would be representative of Ireland’s berry-laden roads of the West
  • What about a sweetened, Guiness reduction as icing/glaze? Not sure of the working practicality but could be interesting!

Tell us some of your favourite cupcake flavours and what flavour you would be!

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