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Have you ever turned a cocktail into a cupcake? I made Pina Colada Box Mix cupcakes last summer and they were so good, so when Wayfair asked me to turn a cocktail into a cupcake, I jumped at the chance! I just had to figure out my cocktail of choice … which is honestly a glass of white wine and doesn’t really make for an interesting cocktail, so I had to do some research and came up with Caipirinha Cupcakes!
A caipirinha is one of the most popular drinks in the world, although is largely unknown in the U.S. Made with cachaça, a sugar cane hard liquor, it is the biggest drink in Brazil, so be sure to pin one of these photos to Pinterest so you’re ready for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer! The cocktail recipe is as follows: 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, half a lime, quartered. Muddle the two together in the bottom of a glass. Add ice to fill the glass. Then add two shots of cachaça. Garnish with a lime and enjoy! And the cupcakes are just as easy to make. The cupcakes are a brown sugar vanilla cachaça cupcake topped with a generous smearing of lime buttercream and garnished with a slice of lime and an optional sprinkle of brown sugar. The full recipe is below.
- Cachaca Brown Sugar Cupcakes:
- 2⅓ cups all purpose flour, sifted
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 5 egg whites (or 3 whole eggs)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup milk
- ⅓ cup cachaca
- Lime Buttercream Frosting: makes 6 cupcakes, quadruple to make 2 dozen
- 5-6 cups powdered sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
- zest of 1 lime
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- optional: green food coloring
- lime garnish
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Start by creaming your butter and granulated sugar and brown sugar in your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Add your eggs, vanilla, milk, and cachaca
- Next, sift together your baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients until everything is incorporated.
- Scoop ⅓ cup of batter into a lined cupcake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- While baking, mix together your frosting by combining all the ingredients in your mixer.
- 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 (I overfill, so I made 21) and the frosting recipe is for 6 cupcakes if you pile it on high like I did. Either double or quadruple it depending on how much frosting you like.
These are definitely NOT kid friendly cupcakes, but they are perfect for an Olympics viewing party later this year. Be sure to check out the #cocktail2cupcake hashtag on Instagram for more cocktail cupcake inspiration!