Gingerbread is a holiday classic, although the addition of Guinness stout to the batter turns these into a tasty, yet adults-only holiday goodie. The cupcake batter is flavored with ginger (both candied and ground), molasses, cloves, cinnamon, and the aforementioned Guinness stout. The frosting is a standard buttercream, except for the addition of lime juice, which complements the flavors in the stout well. Add on a few pieces of candied ginger or other trimmings to make these look nice, as well as taste great!
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These adults-only treats are meant to evoke the taste of a classic mimosa – a.k.a. champagne with some orange juice added. They are vegan as well, proving once again, that there are many, many different treats available for those avoiding animal products in their diet. In order to make these mimosa cupcakes even better, they are topped off with a buttercream frosting to which champagne has been added, plus decked out with a slice of fresh orange!
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Like its namesake in the beverage world, this innocent looking lick of lusciousness has a delightfully wicked side. The well-loved, classic cocktail consisting of champagne and well-chilled orange juice, is traditionally served in a champagne flute with brunch to help ease the previous nightís indulgence. True to form, this dessert equivalent is an orange cupcake with champagne syrup drizzled inside, topped with a champagne frosting and a little orange rind. Light and subtle with a little secret.
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As if cocktails and cupcakes already didn’t go together enough, this listing of cupcakes all have flavors inspired by alcoholic beverages. Some have alcohol in their batter and frosting, although others simply mimic the flavors of the drinks. From margarita cupcakes to white Russian cupcakes (complete with vodka and Kahlua) and including such treats as rum and coke cupcakes, mudslides and appletinis, there is something on this for everyone. Enjoy!
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These blood orange margarita cupcakes are an adults-only treat that can be served on New Years’ Eve, after a nice dinner, or anytime that you want a slightly “boozy” snack. They consist of the zest and juice of a single blood orange, flour, butter, milk, sugar and eggs. The “margarita” factor is in the frosting: tequila, milk, candied ginger, butter and powder sugar are combined to make these into a sweet yet tart treat that your guests will enjoy!
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Chocolate and cherries combine with spectacular results in this Black Forest Cupcake recipe. The batter contains cocoa powder, coffee extract, buttermilk, sugar, flour and a number of other ingredients. Basically, it starts off as a traditional chocolate cake. Then the fun begins. Once they’re baked, fill the cupcakes with homemade fresh cherry pie filling (cherries, water and sugar), soak them in cherry liquor, and then top with a whipped cream frosting that includes more cherry liquor. The results are beautiful and dark, just like these cupcake’s namesake.
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Cold weather requires a cupcake with some figurative “meat-on-its-bones.” These beer run cupcakes fit that bill nicely. They are flavored with cocoa powder and a dark stout beer, like Guinness, although they also contain sour cream, unsalted butter, eggs, flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Once they’ve baked, top them with a homemade vanilla stout buttercream and some crushed chocolate covered pretzels. The double-dose of alcohol makes these an adults-only treat, but also one perfect for those chilly autumn days.
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These tantalizingly tempting chocolate coconut rum cupcakes are Ďa mustí to compliment any special occasion where cookies are on the menu. With a filling that includes chocolate chips, there is instant appeal for your taste buds. The frosting of vanilla bean cream cheese, dusted with yummy cocoa and coconut, make these cupcakes so different and so delicious. Certainly, a success on any table filled with interesting goodies for entertaining guests.
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Pumpkin lovers out there will surely enjoy these pumpkin ale cupcakes, even if it is not Thanksgiving Day. These cupcakes are made out of pumpkin pie and cocoa powder. To add a little twist, pumpkin ale is also added. The butter cream on top of these mouth-watering cupcakes is made out of pumpkin pie, extracts of vanilla and a few tablespoons of pumpkin ale. To add a little color, some brightly colored sprinkles are garnished on top.
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If you have missed out on a trip to the Emerald Isle to savor the legendary beverages and drink in the famous pub culture, why not settle gracefully for just-as-good. Didnít you imagine on that, imagine now. These handsome looking cupcakes deliver on their promise so yes, there is ale in the cake and the beloved Irish cream in the frosting. And yes, itís the ideal nourishment for mature snackers.
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