Ok, first things first - if you are 1 of the 5 people who looks at this blog occasionally, you will notice that I have changed the name and the URL. I'm sorry if this caused any confusion/if you attempted to find my blog and were prevented due to the change. However, it was a necessary evil. Some of you may be aware that there is a cookbook entitled The Boozy Baker, which is all over the place right now. Considering the book was published long before I started my blog (and the fact that it is now a well recognized cookbook), I assume that someday in the near future, the author (or her attorneys) is going to being the process of doing random Internet searches for people who are infringing on her intellectual property...at which time she would find me and I would receive a cease and desist letter. So, to avoid that, I changed the blog name (and have already had one complaint...)
NOW ON TO THE FUN STUFF!
It has been a while since my last post, and for that I apologize! I've been spending a lot of quality time in my office lately and haven't been baking as much as I would like to. However, I did break away from the office a couple of weeks ago to attend an awesome bachelorette party of my hair stylist turned workout buddy and all around friend, Evy. She and her beau eloped in Vegas...but before that, we had a crazy night filled with mullets, alcohol, dancing, and a party bus!
I offered to bake Evy cupcakes for the party, and asked her what kind sounded good to her. She, like most people when asked that question, said she didn't really care...but then she mentioned strawberry margarita cupcakes about 10 times in the course of a week. So, it was decided.
I've already made margarita cupcakes and decided to just use that same recipe, but find a way to make it much more alcoholic and strawberry flavored. I also fell in love with the Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting...so I decided to find a way to make that alcoholic.
Both of these changes were really simple...or would have been for someone who wasn't me.
To make the cupcakes strawberry margarita flavored, I decided to try this filling I found at The Baker Chick. The Baker Chick's blog post on strawberry margarita cupcakes is great, and she even tells you how to get the filling into the cupcakes. I thought I knew better. I was wrong.
So...I recently found this while shopping:
This is supposed to help you remove the center of your cupcake to add filling...for me, all it did was mash the center of my cupcake, making it ugly and malformed. I only used this "handy" tool on one cupcake, and then I gave up. I'm sure that it is very useful...and someday I may even find a way to use it...but I assumed I had a better idea.
I WAS WRONG.
Remember my Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling? For those, I just put the filling in a pastry bag, put the tip of the pastry bag into the cupcake, and squeezed gently. It was super simple...so I figured I would try that again here.
The filling in this cupcake is essentially tequila and strawberry puree. Mistake number 1 was thinking that I could keep LIQUID in my pastry bag without spilling it everywhere. I could not. I ended up with puddles of strawberry tequila all over my kitchen floor. Mistake number 2 was thinking that strawberry puree would come easily out of the tip...it did not. The seeds got stuck in the tip...I ended up squeezing the bag a little too hard...when the LIQUID finally came out of the bag, it didn't come out nicely. It squirted. Everywhere.
I did finally get my cupcakes filled...by following the directions provided by The Baker Chick. So...take a small paring knife and cut out the center of your cupcake:
Using a spoon, fill the hole with your filling (no judging my messy baking skills):
Then replace the centerpiece. Some people say you should cut off the tip so it fits more easily back on the cupcake after you have added filling. My take on these cupcakes was that I was going to be frosting them with the cupcake swirl, so a little extra volume in the middle of the cupcake wouldn't hurt anyone!
For the frosting, I remade the Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting...but this time, instead of adding strawberry puree to flavor it, I made a strawberry margarita and dumped it in. I thought it worked well!
These cupcakes were AMAZING...and they were definitely the most alcoholic cupcakes I've made to date. Seriously, when I opened up the box at the dinner, you could smell the tequila! It. Was. Fantastic!
Obviously, these cupcakes being for a bachelorette party means there had to be a penis straw for the bride:
In case you were wondering, the bachelorette party was an AMAZING time...and I was NOT KIDDING ABOUT THE MULLETS!
(Ok, the second one was a wig...but the first guy...hardcore mullet).
I'm not re-writing the recipe for you...just follow the link!
Strawberry Margarita Filling -
1 8oz container of strawberries
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1/2 cup tequila
2 tablespoons sugar
In a bowl of a food processor (I used a magic bullet), add the strawberries, lime juice, lime zest, tequila, and sugar. Puree until there are no chunks of strawberry.
Strawberry Margarita Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting -
Follow the frosting recipe until the point where you add the strawberries.
Make a strawberry margarita (I mixed 6 ounce of tequila, 4-6 ounces of tripple sec, 4 ounces of strawberry puree, and 2 ounces of fresh squeezed lime juice). Dump the strawberry margarita into the frosting and mix until combined!
Fill your cooled cupcakes with the filling (using the method above, trust me), then frost...I like the cupcake swirl for these ones (mostly because I now know how to do the cupcake swirl).