Flavor ideas

While coming up with a single serve cupcake recipe, I wondered what fun flavors I could make them. I reminisced on all the pies, candy, cakes, and cupcakes I’ve had throughout my life, and did some internet research on what other flavor combinations already existed. Below are some of the concoctions I have found to be cohesive and/or interesting, and what ingredients could be used to make them.


Plain fruit (pineapple, strawberry, apple, pear, blueberry, blackberry, etc.)Fresh fruit, dried fruit, flash frozen fruit (ground), fruit extract, vanilla/almond extract
Caramel appleCaramel, apple, coconut/brown sugar
Carrot cakeCarrot, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla extract, cream cheese
Chocolate-covered strawberryChocolate, strawberry
LemonLemon juice, lemon extract, lemon zest
PumpkinPumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg
Apple pie / apple crispApple, oats, apple pie spices (ex. cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cloves)
CreamsicleOrange, vanilla extract/paste
Pineapple upside-downPineapple, cherry
Strawberry champagneStrawberry, white wine/champagne, vanilla extract, almond extract, almonds
Spiced pearPear, cinnamon, ginger, allspice
Banana nutBanana, nut of choice (ex. pecans, walnuts)
CowboyOats, banana, pecan, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon
Peach cobblerPeach, oats, vanilla
Key limeLime juice, lime zest
PapayaPapaya, cinnamon
Mango rumMango, rum, vanilla extract
Mango coconut riceMango, coconut flakes, coconut extract, rice, vanilla extract
Orange cranberry nutOrange, cranberry, nut of choice (ex. almonds), almond extract
Lemon poppy seedLemon zest, lemon juice, poppy seeds
Cherry flombayCherries, cherry extract, cocoa powder, cayenne, cinnamon, cinnamon extract, nut of choice (ex. walnuts)
Coconut spiceShredded coconut, coconut milk, cinnamon, cinnamon extract, ginger, allspice
Blueberry ginger nutBlueberries, ginger, crystallized ginger, nut of choice (ex. peanuts), molasses
Salted dateDates/date paste, salt, vanilla extract
Citrus spiced dateDates/date paste, cardamom, cinnamon, orange/lemon zest, orange/lemon extract, nuts

Other flavors

Cinnamon raisinCinnamon, cinnamon extract, raisins
GingersnapMolasses, ginger, cinnamon
PistachioPistachios, walnuts/almonds, vanilla extract, almond extract, spinach (for color)
Pistachio lemon/orangePistachios, vanilla extract, almond extract, spinach (for color), lemon/orange zest, lemon/orange juice, ground cloves, cardamom 
Salted caramelCoconut sugar/brown sugar, salt, molasses
Spiced mapleMaple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice
WeddingAlmond, vanilla
StrueselOats, coconut/brown sugar, cinnamon
Red velvetCocoa powder, red coloring, milk
Mint chocolate chipMint, chocolate extract, chocolate
Salted chocolateChocolate extract, chocolate, cocoa powder, salt
CoffeeCoffee, espresso powder
Triple chocolateChocolate, chocolate extract, cocoa powder
Candy canePeppermint extract

I use this for inspiration on flavoring my baked goods, including quick breads, yeasted breads, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, muffins, or whatever endeavor I’m embarking on that day. There are endless possibilities of flavors, and anything can be spiced up to give it a new twist.

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