Vodka Cupcakes

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Happy New Year, humans! Let’s make some very happy cupcakes. Of the alcohol variety.

Have you got any human New Year’s resolutions? Mine are the following:

1. Bake popovers.
2. Perfect my Bender voice.
3. Build a time machine and go back to the beginning of 2012 because it’s so embarrassing that it’s 2013 and I still don’t have this Bender impression down.

The colors of these cupcakes were inspired by some adorable candy canes I was gifted for Christmas. They’re dessert flavored! Key Lime Pie, Cherry Pie, Banana Cream, and Strawberry Shortcake… now these are candy canes I can bake with.

The cupcakes themselves are very vanilla. A lot of the alcohol burns off and leaves a deep vanilla flavor. You could make these cupcakes with other vodka flavors, but cake vodka just seemed right. And whipped cream vodka in the frosting is perfect.

You’re making these tomorrow for New Year’s Eve, right?

Cake Vodka Cupcakes
makes 16 cupcakes
adapted from Intoxicated Cupcakes

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
4 eggs
1/2 cup cake vodka
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with baking cups.

2. In a large bowl, combine butter and eggs. (It will look clumpy and runny.) Stir in vodka and vanilla extract.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined.

4. Fill baking cups 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Option: Brush the tops of the cupcakes with more vodka!

Whipped Cream Vodka Buttercream

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp whipped cream vodka

1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add vodka, one tablespoon at a time. (Add more or less depending on your desired consistency.)

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  11. Hey I Baked this vodka cupcakes on my mom and dad anniversary which was on last weekend. The cupcakes that I had baked was delicious..All my family members liked it very much. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I had followed your recipe while baking those cupcakes but..I added Smirnoff Green Apple vodka in it, which is one of my favorite vodka :)

  12. Thanks for the idea! I had some strawberry vodka and topped the cupcakes with a strawberry buttercream. Such a hit.

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