Liquor Cupcake? I Don’t Even Know Her III

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Chocolate cupcake with salted caramel filling and vanilla bourbon buttercream

Tomorrow night is my friend L’s 30th birthday at Missouri Lounge in Berkeley. After my Easter brunch with a friend’s family (pumpernickel bagel, egg salad, Kerns pear nectar, and See’s chocolate Easter eggs), I got to work baking cupcakes. It feels good not to have to follow recipes and be able to improvise now. Baking isn’t as rigid/scientific as some people think.

I did my usual Duncan Hines Devil’s Food mix with a box of chocolate pudding mix for the dry ingredients. Four eggs, 1/3 of a cup vegetable oil, 3/4 of a cup buttermilk, and 1/4 cup bourbon got mixed in.

I decided to fill them this time. Filling is fun. You core out little pockets of cake with a pairing knife, pipe in some goo and then pop the little tops back on. After frosting, no one is the wiser until they take a bite. I’d asked my friend P to get me salted caramels to melt at Berkeley Bowl but he was too stressed out by being in that fucking madhouse, he abandoned his mission.

I ended up at Safeway at 9 am buying something trying to fancy next to squeeze bottles of Hershey’s Syrup. It ended up tasting not salty at all, so I added salt. Then it was too salty. I’d say I eventually wrestled that shit into submission.

The frosting was standard buttercream with extra vanilla and some more bourbon. I went to the fancy cupcake store and got snazzy little chocolate vanilla swirl straws to top them off. Very professional looking. I also got 3 and 0 candles because I think everyone should blow out candles on their birthday. I hope they help make a it a special night for her. She deserves it. She’s wonderful.

 

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Liquor Cupcake? I Don’t Even Know Her III

Liquor Cupcake? I Don’t Even Know Her!

chocolate cake and Southern Comfort butter cream topped with chocolate and salty caramel corn

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I’ve made whiskey, bourbon, and other liqueur cupcakes before but I really liked the Southern Comfort combined with the sweet and salty flavors. I did not like Southern Comfort straight up, however and I welcome suggestions for what to do with the almost full bottle I have left over.

I used a Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix and souped it up. I added an extra egg, vanilla, a package of instant chocolate pudding mix, and buttermilk in place of water. The frosting is standard buttercream with Southern Comfort substituting for milk. It’s topped with Hershey’s syrup from the can and Pop Secret caramel corn with added Kosher salt and more SoCo.

These cupcakes almost made up for the fact that Peyton Manning’s head looks like a penis.

Liquor Cupcake? I Don’t Even Know Her!