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Caipirinha Cupcakes Recipe

Have you ever turned a cocktail into a cupcake? I love a refreshing caipirinha cocktail, so I had to try making a Caipirinha Cupcakes Recipe with a brown sugar vanilla cachaça cupcake topped with a generous smearing of lime buttercream and garnished with a lime slice!
Caipirinha Cocktail Cupcake // Salty Canary

Although largely unknown in the United States, the caipirinha is one of the most popular drinks in the world and is Brazil’s national cocktail! Think of it as a Brazilian mojito! But instead of rum and mint, the caipirinha is made using cachaça, a sugar cane hard liquor, which is then mixed with sugar and muddled limes.

Caipirinha Cocktail Cupcake // Salty CanaryCaipirinha Cocktail Cupcake // Salty Canary

If you want to make the actual caipirinha cocktail to drink while you’re making the cupcakes, the cocktail recipe is as follows:

  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar (granulated sugar works, too!)
  • 1 -1.5 limes, quartered
  • ice
  • 2 shots cachaça

First, squeeze the lime juice into a glass, then muddle the limes and sugar together in the bottom of the glass. Then add ice to fill the glass. Next, add two shots of cachaça. Finally, garnish with a lime and enjoy! Super easy, right?

Caipirinha Cocktail Cupcake // Salty CanaryCaipirinha Cocktail Cupcake // Salty Canary

Caipirinha Cupcakes Recipe

And the cupcakes are just as easy to make! The cupcakes are made of a brown sugar cachaça cupcake which is then topped with a generous dollop of zesty lime buttercream and garnished with a slice of lime and an optional sprinkle of brown sugar.

The full printable cupcake recipe is below, but here is the list of ingredients:

Brown Sugar Cachaça Cupcake:

all purpose flour, sifted
baking powder
baking soda
salt
butter
brown sugar
egg whites (or whole eggs)*
vanilla extract
milk
cachaça

*If you want your cupcakes to appear whiter, use egg whites only. If you don’t mind that they have a yellow tint to them, then use the whole eggs. 

Lime Buttercream Frosting:
butter
powdered sugar
salt
lime zest
lime juice
optional: green food coloring
optional: lime garnish and a sprinkle of brown sugar

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These are NOT exactly kid friendly cupcakes, but they are perfect as a sweet, zesty, and refreshing dessert or if hosting a Brazilian soccer viewing party.

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Caipirinha Cocktail Cupcake // Salty Canary

Caipirinha Cupcakes Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

Caipirinha Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Cachaca Brown Sugar Cupcakes:
  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 egg whites (or 3 whole eggs)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup cachaca
  • Lime Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • optional: green food coloring
  • optional: lime garnish and a sprinkle of brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Start by creaming your butter and brown sugar in your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  3. Add your eggs, vanilla, milk, and cachaca.
  4. Next, sift together your baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until everything is incorporated.
  6. Scoop 1/3 cups of batter into a lined cupcake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. While baking, mix together your frosting by combining all the ingredients in your mixer.
  8. After the cupcakes have baked and cooled, scoop the frosting on top of the cupcakes and add a slice of lime garnish and an optional sprinkling of brown sugar.
Note: the cupcake recipe is for 24 cupcakes and the frosting recipe is only for 6 cupcakes if you pile it on high like I did. It’s a thick dollop of frosting in my photos. Either double or quadruple the recipe depending on how much frosting you like.

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