Cocktail to Cupcake

This post is a yummy one. What a great way for me to take two things I love Cocktails and Cupcakes to create something delicious. Wayfair has challenged a few bloggers to create a cupcake inspired by our favorite cocktails. Woohooo, adult snacking for the win!

My cupcake is inspired by one of my favorite drinks the White Russian. Here's the basic recipe for a White Russian: Vodka + Coffee liqueur + Cream served or ice. I love this cocktail! This is a grown up drink for sure. It looks cool and goes down smooth.  It's the perfect cocktail to translate into a cupcake.

My White Russian cupcake is also simple to make. I used a basic vanilla cake and vanilla frosting recipe:

Cupcake
2 c. cake flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick of unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whipping cream
3 - 4 tablespoons Coffee Liqueur. (Add alcohol to taste.) I used Kaluha coffee liqueur.
3 - 4 tablespoons Vodka. (Add alcohol to taste.) I used Pinnacle Vodka.

I love to bake and I have some basic recipes I like to use. The recipes I used for this post came from my collection of recipes. I recommend using a recipe that is simple to follow. There are good ones in recipe books and of course online.

Boxed and Pre-made
I realize everyone can't bake or don't have the time to channel their inner Martha [Stewart]. No worries, boxed cake is also good. I add pudding to boxed cakes to make it even better. You can also buy cupcakes pre-made without icing. Go to your favorite bakery and buy a dozen of freshly baked cupcakes, then ice them yourself! If you use pre-made frosting, place it into your mixer, add the alcohol to your frosting, then whip it with your mixer. Done and good to go!

I had lots of fun making and sharing these cupcakes. My friends have are really happy that I'm adding liquor to my cupcakes. I made two batches with all smiles from the peeps!