Chicken and Waffles, Funnel Cake and 14 More Bonkers Cupcakes That Are Actually Real

chicken and waffle cupcake from brooklyn sweet spot
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We love a red velvet cupcake (with cream cheese frosting, of course) as much as the next gal, but sometimes we want to get outside of our comfort zone and challenge our taste buds. Here, 16 weird but wonderful cupcakes you can actually buy in the U.S.

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BLT Cupcake (More Bakery, IL)

Your favorite sandwich in dessert form, made with Ranch frosting, bacon and, yep, a cherry tomato.

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Funnel Cake Cupcake (My Delight Cupcakery, CA)

Every day is a carnival with this fried-dough-topped treat.

chicken and waffle cupcake from brooklyn sweet spot
Brooklyn Sweet Spot/Facebook     


Chicken and Waffle Cupcake (Brooklyn Sweet Spot, NY)

We give you full permission to eat this buttermilk waffle, maple syrup and pan-fried chicken combo for dinner.

chocolate curry caramel cupcake from krya s bakeshop
Kyra’s Bakeshop


Chocolate Curry Caramel Crush (Kyra’s Bakeshop, OR)

A four-time Cupcake Wars winner whips up this chocolate curry and ginger mascarpone treat.

cotton candy cupakes from ultimate bake shoppe
Ultimate Bake Shoppe Wayne


Cotton Candy Cupcake (Ultimate Bake Shoppe of Wayne, PA)

Topped with unicorn sprinkles, natch.

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Ava’s Cupcakes


Beer and Pretzel Cupcake (Ava’s Cupcakes, NJ)

Guinness cake, salted vanilla buttercream, pretzels and chocolate—what’s not to like?

baklava cupcakes sugar mama bakery austin
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Baklava Cupcake (Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, TX)

This Cupcake Wars champion features buttermilk honey cake, baklava filling, cinnamon buttercream and a phyllo topping.

pistachio port wine cupcakes from lulus sweet shoppe in ma
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Pistachio Port Wine Cupcakes (Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe, MA)

Nuts + wine = a combo we definitely don’t hate.

buffalo wing cupcake from lakes region cupcakes
Lakes Region Cupcakes


Buffalo Wing Cupcake (Lakes Region Cupcakes, NH)

Nope, your eyes do not deceive you. That is indeed a chicken wing sitting on top of a cupcake.

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Hot Thang Cupcake (Pearl’s Bake Shoppe, VA)

A cornmeal cake topped with ranch Gorgonzola mascarpone whip, hot sauce and a celery stick.

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Sweet By Holly


Dirt Cupcake (Sweet by Holly, FL)

Chocolate cake filled with chocolate pudding and topped with more chocolate, Oreos and gummy worms. (Basically the cupcake of your childhood dreams.)

dew rito cupcake
Nadia Cakes


Dew-Rito Cupcake (Nadia Cakes, MN)

Dubbed the most controversial bake, this Mountain Dew cake is topped with soda frosting and Doritos crumbs.

ultimate brownie sundae cupcake
The Sugar Bakery


Ultimate Brownie Sundae Cupcake (The Sugar Bakery, CT)

Oh hey, brownies, chocolate-chip cookie dough, vanilla buttercream and chocolate ganache.

lemon rosemary smoked salmon cupcake
Kastle’s Kreations


Lemon Rosemary Smoked Salmon Cupcake (Kastle’s Kreations, AK)

You know what? We’re kind of into it.

unicorn cupcake from the cake mamas
The Cake Mamas 


Unicorn Cupcake (The Cake Mamas, CA)

Possibly the happiest cupcake in existence.

captain crunch donut cupcake
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Captain Crunch Sprinkled Donut (Cupcrazed Cakery, SC)

Don-ut mind if we do.

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