Well now that we are all caught up on the brief history of my baking addiction, we can get to the serious stuff. The cupcakes you see above are a game changer. And I don’t mean just because they look pretty, which they do because I have the right tools to make pretty cupcakes (more on that here) but also because this was the first time I actually made up a flavor of cupcake. Whoa. Yeah. I know.
So here is a quick background story, I won’t keep you long. Boyfriend turned 30 this past weekend, and since everyone knows I bake, I knew I had to really bring it for his party.
His favorite color is orange, so at first my plan was to just make some of the orange cupcakes (like these) but without the halloween decorations.
But then serious inspiration came when I was watching an episode of Cupcake Wars (yes, my baking addiction also goes deep into television shows about baking) and I decided to try my hand at baking with booze.
I knew my man loves him some Lindemens Framboise Lambic and my gut told me this would be good in cupcakes.
So I gave it a try.
I admit, I cheated by using a box of white cake mix, but everything else was from this crazy old brain of mine.
Here is what I did:
Take a small container of blueberries and raspberries and blend them together with about a teaspoon of sugar. Add a tablespoon of the lambic and mix. Set it aside. Save some of the berries for decoration too!
Next, follow the basic recipe for white cake, but substitute all but 1/2 cup of the milk with the Lambic. A batch of white cake uses 1 1/3 cup milk…so use 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup of lambic. I’m not good at math, ok? I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup and 1/3 cup measuring cup, filled them with Lambic and then dumped them into the batter. That is the truth!
Once the batter is blended, fill your cupcake liners about half way. Then scoop about 1/4 tablespoon of the blueberry raspberry stuff into each cupcake, and mix it with the batter. I used a toothpick to do this. Make sure to save some of the fruit filling because you will need it for your frosting.
Pop those things in the oven.
While that is going down, you are going to start your buttercream, but again, it’s time to alter that puppy a bit. You can find a basic butter cream recipe that I love in “The Basics” section of this here blog.
Instead of using 2 tablespoons of whipping cream, you are going to use 1 tablespoon of whipping cream and about 2 tablespoons of Lambic. You are also going to add in about a tablespoon of the blueberry/raspberry deal.
Taste it. Does it taste like the Lambic? If you haven’t tasted the Lambic yet then you have WAY more discipline than I do. If it doesn’t taste like the drink, add a little bit more in and keep blending until you DO taste it. If your frosting gets too liquidy because you gave that beer a heavy pour, add some more sugar to it. You’ll be fine.
When all is said and done, use some of those piping tips you bought, and frost those babies.
Decorate with some leftover blueberries and raspberries, and you are set.