Was your Valentine’s Day a little rough? Need to drown your sorrows? Put on your apron and make these Drunken Cherry Cupcakes! I’ve been eyeing this recipe since I flipped through the Betty’s Betties Calendar. This calendar features staff from the Betty’s Family of Restaurants and some seriously delicious recipes.
These were made as a special birthday treat. First, some confessions while shopping for ingredients. I was not entirely sure what maraschino cherries were. Yep, embarrassing. I thought they came in a jar, but I checked the produce and baking sections just to be safe. I was ready to ask a random shopper when they appeared in front of me with the ice cream toppings. Next Confession: While checking out I felt judged for buying whiskey, which is ridiculous, I know–but I still felt it necessary to detail exactly why I was buying whiskey to the cashier. I like to over-share.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 egg white
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whiskey
2 1/2 cups maraschino cherries
1. Soak cherries in 2 cups of whiskey in 2 cups of whiskey in fridge for two hours. Strain and chop cherries. Set the whiskey aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350.
3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
4. Beat eggs and egg white until lightly frothy. Add buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla and 1/2 cup of remaining whiskey and mix until combined.
5. Mix in dry ingredients slowly until batter is even consistency. Add cherries.
The next step is to add icing once the cupcakes have cooled. I’m not usually a fan of frosting but I wanted to give it a go. Disaster. Homemade chocolate buttercream frosting is quite the task. My entire kitchen was left with a coating of cocoa powder and powered sugar. The hand mixer and I were not friends. The end result was somehow tasty but my disastrous methods leave me no words of wisdom to pass on. It did, however, inspire me to purchase a stand mixer. More and hopefully, less messy baking ahead! Have you experienced a kitchen disaster?