These lovely cupcakes have been a long time brewing in my brain and I’m excited that I finally got to making them! I think they turned out well; the lime plays well off the cranberry, but they would have been better with more of both flavors. The buttercream frosting has reminded me once again that I do not like buttercreams! However, the sweetness of this frosting contrasted well with the little tart bite of the cranberry. I just think I will forever prefer cream cheese and whipped frostings…
- ¼ c. butter
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 ½ c. AP flour
- ¼ c. milk
- ¼ c. vodka
- ½ c. cranberry juice concentrate, thawed
- zest of 1 lime
Add the egg and beat just until combined. Now, in a measuring cup combine the salt, baking powder, and flour. In a separate bowl, combine the liquids (milk, vodka, and cranberry juice concentrate). Alternate adding the flour and liquid mixtures (starting and ending with flour) until the batter is well-combined. Blend in the lime zest.
Fill lined cupcake tins (or greased with cooking spray) 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 375 degrees for 16 minutes (regular sized cupcakes) or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Triple-sec and Lime Buttercream Frosting
- ½ c. butter, softened
- 3 c. powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- triple-sec to taste and consistency (I used about 4 tbsp.)
Cream the softened butter. Begin to add the powdered sugar little by little. Continue to mix sugar in until you’ve reached what you think to be a consistency just stiffer than you’d like. Add the lime and triple-sec. Adjust taste and consistency by adding more powdered sugar or triple-sec.
Pipe on to cupcakes and enjoy!
For a Cosmo Cupcake, I feel as if these needed more flair. Perhaps some candied pearl drops? Flaked silver or pink glitter? They taste great, but the aesthetics could use a boost :)