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!
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.
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
- 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 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
egg whites (or whole eggs)*
*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:
optional: green food coloring
optional: lime garnish and a sprinkle of brown sugar
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.