Dark chocolate is a common ingredient in gourmet cupcakes.
There are almost as many different types of gourmet cupcakes as there are people who enjoy them. Basically, there are countless different varieties of chocolate and vanilla flavors, often customized with various flavors of icing to make them more interesting. Of course, gourmet cupcakes go way beyond simply chocolate and vanilla, from seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice or gingerbread, to fruity flavors like strawberry or banana. Other types of cupcakes can be made for people with special dietary needs, such as people who are allergic to eggs, diabetics, or those following a vegan diet.
Ginger Cupcakes contain dried ginger.
Some bakeries will even make gourmet cupcakes at the customer’s request, and customize them for special events. For example, in addition to cake and frosting flavors, a bakery may be able to customize gourmet cupcakes with different filling flavors. Lemon and raspberry fillings are frequent favorites, as are various types of rich chocolate or caramel fillings. Another slightly less common but no less impressive method of making a gourmet cupcake is to bake a different baked goods inside the cupcake. For example, some bakeries may bake a different flavor of cake, or even a miniature pie or pie inside a cupcake.
Seasonal gourmet cupcake options are a frequent staple at holiday parties or other special events. For example, peppermint or gingerbread flavored cupcakes are often found at winter parties, while pumpkin or apple cupcakes are often prepared in the fall. Some people find these seasonal gourmet cupcakes to be a great gift, especially for the host or hostess of a Christmas party. Other flavors a little more summery, like fruit-flavored cupcakes, are often served at outdoor picnics or summer parties. Bakeries often experiment with other flavors as well, in an attempt to find new and unique flavors.
People with special dietary needs can also enjoy gourmet cupcakes. There are many bakeries that make cupcakes gluten-free, for people with gluten allergies or sensitives, or sugar-free for those who shouldn’t eat sugar. Vegan options are prepared without the use of animal products such as milk or eggs. People with a peanut allergy may order cupcakes that have been prepared separately from other baked goods that may include nuts. Some bakeries even make low-carb cupcakes designed for people who are dieting or simply trying to cut down on the amount of carbs found in their diet.