December 11, 2012 by athenahm
I decided to host a friend’s birthday party at my house, and wanted to do something special that she would really enjoy. I thought really hard for a long time(not really, more like a minute or two), and then I remembered the three basic social glues that hold myself and most of my friends together. With all of the people that I care about, it is one of, or a combination of these three things that keeps them coming back for punishment. The Holy Trinity of friendship is coffee, alcohol, & a generally crass sense of humor. In light of this realization, I had her choose between 28 different kinds of alcoholic cupcakes from this fabulous compendium. She told me that it was a toss-up between the margarita or the Kahlua ones, and since I have a surplus of tequila, it was decided. The recipe on the list is
this one, which looks super pretty, but unfortunately, calls for a cake mix from the box. I don’t use box mixes, mostly, unless it’s a crisis situation, so I went on a search for cupcakes of a similar concept, and I found these! I liked the batter from one, and the icing from the other, so the ones I made were kind of a rough mix of the two. Note: I halved the recipe, and only made 12. Oh, and I had some of the caramel icing that was left over from the caramel apple cake I made for Thanksgiving, which was very similar in recipe to that first one. Somehow, I had managed to mix up the amount I needed of powdered sugar with the amount of butter, and had way too much butter, so I had to make up for it by adding way too much powder sugar. End result of that fiasco was that I had 4 times more icing than I needed, so I froze the rest. Good thing I was thinking ahead before I realized I needed to be thinking ahead. Geez, I am 5 kinds of awesome.
So, if you do not have a shipload of buttercream made already, use the icing recipe from I am Baker. If you happen to have some amazing caramel icing just, ya know, laying around, add a pinch of salt, some lemon extract, lime juice, and you are in business! No one knew they were eating converted caramel icing. Mwuahahahahaha. Either way, make sure your icing is room temperature. If it is too cold, it will be hard to pipe, and will look like a 4-year-old decorated your baked goods. Ask me how I know.
As I said, I used the recipe from Confections of a Foodie Bride for the cupcake batter, with the exception of not having fresh limes, so no zest, and adding a teaspoon of lemon extract. Also, I had no buttermilk, so I used whole milk, which turned out just fine.
I baked them for about 25 minutes, then let them cool completely, which is a splendid idea, since you don’t want your buttercream melting on contact. Now, the recipe says you brush the cupcakes with tequila. Yay!
So, I brushed the cupcakes, but apparently, the cupcakes were even bigger lushes than me, because they absorbed the tequila so fast that I swore I heard a “slurp” each time I brushed one. The last one *might* have belched, but I cannot be sure. Anyway, I felt obligated to brush them again, since they were so, um, thirsty. They practically made me do it. That’s my story.
After the tequila, It’s time to ice your cupcakes. I am not a bakery chef, so I do not know all that many technical terms for icing tips, bags, etc, but I used this tip for the icing:
I split my icing into two equal portions, and added 2 drops of green food coloring and 3 drops of yellow to one portion. Then I took the uncolored portion and put it in the pastry bag like so:
And that, my lovelies, is how you do alcohol + baking RIGHT. I am done for tonight, but look forward to my homemade eggnog escapades, coming up soon. What is the one food item that you just can’t celebrate the holidays without?