Inspired by “The Great British Baking Show”, I decided to bake this weekend. I have the perfect occasion, party at a friend’s house. I started “Pinteresting” and narrowed it down to White Russian cupcakes. This is pretty easy to make as every ingredient is available at home except for the Kahlua.
White Russian cupcakes are based on “White Russian Cocktail”. The drink is made with vodka, coffee liqueur (Kahlua) and cream. It is the signature drink of “the Dude”in the movie “The Big Lebowski”.
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg and 1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/8 cup Vodka
1/4 cup Kahlua, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl beat together the sugar and butter until combined using a hand mixer. Add egg and egg white, one at a time. Then add the vanilla, Vodka, and 1/8 cup of Kahlua. Gradually add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk in two additions, ending with the flour mixture.
Bake 18 -20 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcakes comes out clean. While the cupcakes are still warm, brush the tops with the remaining 1/8 cup Kahlua. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
1 stick of butter, softened
2-3 cups powdered sugar(depending on your sweet tooth)
pinch of salt
3 – 4 tablespoons Kahlua
Beat butter until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mix until combined. Add Kahlua 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
I grated Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate on the frosting that gave a texture to the cupcakes.
I was way too generous with the vodka and Kahlua in the batter and in the frosting. I name them “ The Crocked Cupcakes”.The vodka gave an extra kick to the cupcakes . “The Dudes” really loved it.