Cupcake Remix

A light vanilla base with malt makes a fluffy-cake platform for a bulb of milk-chocolate frosting that has — what else? — a malted-milk ball plopped on top. Milk-ball enthusiasts can opt for entire cakes in the flavor combo. Baked, 359 Van Brunt St., nr. Dikeman St., Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-222-0345

We featured Pichet Ong’s Dragon Devil’s Food filled with salted oolong-tea-infused caramel in a roundup of our favorite salted desserts, and we still think it’s the ideal soft, gooey cupcake stand-in for salted caramel truffles. Batch, 150B W. 10th St., at Waverly Pl.; 212-929-0250

Blogger turned baker Kelli Bernard is known for her tea cookies and brownies, but she dabbles in cupcakes, too, perfuming dense cake and buttery whipped frosting with lavender and chamomile. Amai Tea and Bake House, 171 Third Ave., nr. 16th St.; 212-863-9630

Keavy Landreth, who sells her golf-ball-size treats under the name Kumquat Cupcakery at Williamsburg's Artists and Fleas and Fort Greene’s Brooklyn Flea, bakes nibbles of fresh strawberry throughout this firm vanilla cake. Chances are, however, you won't resist eating it and its soft vanilla buttercream all in one bite. See kumquatcupcakery.blogspot.com for locations and ordering information.

The dark, dusty color of this cake comes from a powdered Japanese green tea, matcha, which imparts a rich, pleasantly bitter flavor to the cake and a complex taste to the vibrant green-tea-butter topping. Amai Tea and Bake House

The term “stracciatella” is usually reserved for gelaterias to describe vanilla gelato strewn with crushed chocolate, but here it applies to shaved couverture chocolate in vanilla-bean buttercream frosting, which fills and tops this moist, ripe banana cake. Batch

From Andes candies to Junior Mints, mint and chocolate are an unbeatable, classic match, as seen in this Grasshopper cupcake with a chocolate bottom, crème-de-menthe frosting, and a mint-chocolate-candy topper. Baked

The Irish-beer-green color is a bit disconcerting, but if you like the taste of Tasti D-Lite pistachio, you'll enjoy this tender cake. Crushed nuts provide a crunchy contrast to the soft bottom and buttery vanilla frosting. Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Bourbon might have been dubbed too sweet for Manhattan cocktails — purists prefer the original rye — but it goes down easy in a bite-size dessert that also features infusions of caramel and coffee. kumquatcupcakery.blogspot.com

Hazelnuts have been stirred into the batter here, so you land on a few nuggets with each bite of the spongy white cake. The buttercream is made with a chocolate-hazelnut spread and adorned with sweet, crystallized hazelnut praline. Baked

The term “stracciatella” is usually reserved for gelaterias to describe vanilla gelato strewn with crushed chocolate, but here it applies to shaved couverture chocolate in vanilla-bean buttercream frosting, which fills and tops this moist, ripe banana cake. Batch

Full Serving of Fruit

Crumbly white cake has a coating of matcha frosting, but the dab of fresh blackberry crème hidden within and a sprinkling of shredded coconut on top assures that this cupcake has a fruity flavor profile. Batch

Not Your Average Nut

The Irish-beer-green color is a bit disconcerting, but if you like the taste of Tasti D-Lite pistachio, you'll enjoy this tender cake. Crushed nuts provide a crunchy contrast to the soft bottom and buttery vanilla frosting. Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Not Your Average Nut

Hazelnuts have been stirred into the batter here, so you land on a few nuggets with each bite of the spongy white cake. The buttercream is made with a chocolate-hazelnut spread and adorned with sweet, crystallized hazelnut praline. Baked

Not Your Average Nut

Lush, chewy, brownielike cake has peanut undertones, and the generous swirl of peanut-butter frosting may look like soft serve, but it tastes more like silky, whipped butter. Amai Tea and Bake House

Not Your Average Nut

A Baked favorite, this confection has tender cocoa cake, a dollop of fluffy peanut cream, and whole nuts on top. Baked

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