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10 Most Popular Cupcake Flavors -- and Why


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Pumpkin
If the rich, spicy taste of pumpkin cupcakes doesn't appeal to you, how about a classic vanilla-chocolate cupcake garnished with a candy pumpkin?
If the rich, spicy taste of pumpkin cupcakes doesn't appeal to you, how about a classic vanilla-chocolate cupcake garnished with a candy pumpkin?
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Indigenous North Americans have been growing pumpkins for approximately 5,000 years [source: History Channel]. But how long have they been eating pumpkin cupcakes?

Pumpkin-flavored foods are extremely popular during the fall and winter months. The pleasant taste of these large orange fruits appears in everything from pie to beer, so it should come as no surprise that pumpkin cupcakes are all the rage leading up to Halloween and throughout the holidays. Although they're typically available for just a few months out of the year, pumpkin cupcakes are extremely popular. It's not unusual to find them at parties, grocery stores, bakeries or even on restaurant dessert menus.

When sitting down to devour one of these tasty treats, you can count on a pumpkin cake base, but the choice of topping is up to the baker. You might find a traditional, sugary icing that may or may not taste of pumpkin, or the cake might simply be glazed. Cream cheese is a very popular and common topping. By the time Christmas dinner comes around, if everyone's tired of pumpkin pie, pick up a dozen pumpkin cupcakes and serve them for dessert, instead.


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