It’s time to try out some new cupcake recipes! After the hugely popular cupcake chain Crumbs announced it was closing its doors in July, headlines declared that the cupcake trend was officially over. Cupcake lovers always knew that wasn’t so. And last month the newly resurrected Crumbs reopened its doors, proving them right. Sex and the City is widely credited with sparking the craze in 2000 when Carrie and Miranda indulged in a couple of the pint-sized confections outside of Magnolia Bakery. As Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine magazine, Dana Cowin says, “It is the ongoing affordable luxury. Americans may be skipping fancy dinners but everyone can afford to treat themselves to a cupcake.”
One of the best things about cupcakes is their versatility. You can make them as sweet or as savory as you like, mix and match cake, frosting and filling flavors—the sky’s the limit. Another great thing about cupcakes is that they’re incredibly easy to make at home. So to celebrate our love of this ongoing food phenomenon, we’ve found 15 cupcake recipes that will make you put off your post-holiday diet for just a little longer.
1. Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcake
From the kitchen of Magnolia Bakery, whose West Village location still sees lines of eager cupcake fans stretching around the block, owner Allysa Tory shares the recipe for their most popular cupcake. Yep, it really is vanilla with vanilla frosting. Who knew?