For my birthday party back in April (yes, I'm a bit behind with the blogging...) I wanted some kind of cupcake that said "party" which to me meant cocktails! I have the Xanthe Milton book "Eat Me" and she has a recipe for White Russian cupcakes which I thought sounded pretty cool. White Russians are made from vodka, coffee liqueur (so I learned - I always thought it was chocolate) and cream, and this recipe doesn't exactly use those ingredients but does give the same sort of flavour - and a bit of a kick!
As the party had a shoe theme, I bought some cute shoe-patterned cupcake cases over the internet; this isn't the best photo but you can just make out the design!
So it goes a little something like this.... cream butter and sugar and beat in eggs
Add flour and baking powder, then some Kahlua - which I always thought was chocolate liqueur but apparently it's coffee. I didn't have any of that, and I preferred to use chocolate anyway, and I did have some creme de cacao liqueur (which is a clear liquid) and a thick, syrupy chocolate liqueur that I bought in Rome. I decided to add equal quantities of both in place of the Kahlua.
Spoon into cake cases and bake in the oven
To go with the shoe theme I used a small cookie cutter to cut shoe shapes out of Mexican paste to use as cake toppers.
I'm blaming the fact that I can't find many photos for this recipe on the fact that it has taken me over two months to blog - that will teach me!
This month's letter for Alphabakes, the blogging challenge hosted by me and Ros from TheMoreThanOccasionalBaker, is W, so I decided to make these White Russian cupcakes my third entry for this month!
I'm also enjoying taking part in Calendar Cakes, hosted by Laura from Laura Loves Cakes and Rachel of Dolly Bakes. Their theme for this month is the Olympics and amongst other ideas, are accepting entries relating to the different countries entering teams in the Olymics. And we all know how good the Russians are at winning medals, so I'm going to send them my White Russian cupcakes.
I'm updating this to send it to Baking With Spirit, hosted by Janine at Cake of the Week, as her theme this month is cocktails.