My super flatmate and his lovely girlfriend gave me this very cool book for my recent birthday:
41 cupcake recipes that feature alcohol in one form or another! From cupcakes based on all sorts of sweet and fruity cocktails to some rather intriguing entries including hot toddy cupcakes, Bloody Mary cupcakes, wine and cheese cupcakes, dark stout cupcakes – even Jägerbomb cupcakes!
I baked my first batch of Intoxicated Cupcakes on the weekend: Tooty-Fruity Sangria Cupcakes. Both the cupcake and the icing feature red wine, and the fruit comes from fruit cocktail in the cupcakes and chunky marmalade in the icing.
The only trick was the recipe called for 1 box of of yellow cake mix and 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix. I turned out to be correct in my assumption that these were too American for any of my local supermarkets to stock so I hunted down some alternatives on the good old interwebs.
For any UK bakers who want to make one of the few recipes in this book that call for either of these mixes, you can successfully substitute them as follows:
Substitute 1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
with Suzanne McMinn’s Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
+ 1 tsp vanilla extract
Substitute 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
with 1.5 cups of Brown Eyed Baker’s DIY Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
(I used 1 tsp vanilla extract instead of real vanilla beans)
The sangria cupcakes went down a treat with both friends and work colleagues. :) I look forward to trying some of the other recipes soon!