Known for a wide selection of savory cupcakes like Caramelized Onion and Madras Curry, Chicago-based MORE cupcakes serves up their own spin on a classic American sandwich: the Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato. The cake is garnished with heirloom tomatoes and candied bacon bits.
This savory combination seems to be quite popular, as both the New York-based Robicelli’s and More cupcakes carry their own versions. Robicelli’s serves up its “Laurenzano,” a fig cupcake with goat cheese buttercream, balsamic gastrique, and crispy prosciutto bits; while More sells a goat cheese, fig, and merlot cupcake made from — you guessed it — goat cheese, fig, and red merlot wine.
At Over the Rainbow Cupcakes in Palm Springs, Calif., you can satisfy both your sweet and salty tooth by biting into their chocolate cupcake with buttercream and potato chip flakes, topped off with a chocolate-covered potato chip. Other items on their “Wild Side” menu include a spicy chocolate jalapeño cupcake and a lemon Dijon mustard cupcake. Michigan’s Just Baked bakery takes sweet and salty one step further by selling “The Big Game." It's a devil's food cupcake dipped in chocolate ganache and rolled in salted nuts, pretzels, and potato chips.
Can’t wait to start drinking until after dessert? Now you can pick up a Guinness-infused cupcake from a few bakeries. Both the Atlanta Cupcake Factory and Just Baked sell Irish-inspired chocolate cupcakes infused with dark Guinness stout and topped with Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting.
If you're in Chicago, why not grab breakfast on the go by trying a bacon maple syrup cupcake? Foiled Cupcakes sells a breakfast “Up and At ’Em” cupcake that’s a vanilla cinnamon cake filled with mascarpone cheese and topped with maple syrup frosting and bacon bits. Aching for French toast instead? In New York you can try CupcakeStop’s French toast with Bacon cupcake — a vanilla, cinnamon, and maple cake with caramelized applewood-smoked bacon, topped with maple and cinnamon infused buttercream, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.
The Chicago-based Bleeding Heart Bakery serves up a seasonal Thanksgiving-inspired creation — a sweet potato cupcake with pralines and topped with toasted marshmallow frosting and cranberry relish. And just last week, LA’s Yummy Cupcakes was also selling a Thanksgiving cupcake flavored with actual turkey gravy.
Find this seasonal cupcake at Brooklyn-based Robicelli’s. Inspired by the Deep South’s classic American dish of chicken and waffles, the “Chicken ‘n’ Waffles” cupcake is a vanilla waffle-flavored cake, topped with vanilla buttercream and a buttermilk flour-coated fried piece of chicken that's dipped in maple syrup.
Every month on a rotating menu, California’s Republic of Cake serves up savory casserole-like cupcakes. Past flavors included a “Veggie Curry” curry-flavored buttermilk cupcake filled with peas, carrots, potatoes, and topped with cool cucumber yogurt. This month, you can grab a “Green Bean Casserole” buttermilk cupcake filled with mushrooms and green beans, and topped with Parmesan cream cheese frosting and crispy fried onions.