Cosmopolicakes, if you like. I love.
The name. And the cupcake. And the drink.
I’m also calling it Ode to My SITC Friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with SITC. It stands for Sex. In. The. City. Greatest show of all time.
Yes, I’m saying GREATEST!
Ummm, along with The Office, Dateline, Criminal Minds, Modern Family, The Middle, Dexter, What Not To Wear . . . need I continue? Perhaps I should just have another drink. Make it a Cosmo bar keep!
(adapted and inspired from MyBakingdom)
FOR THE CUPCAKES
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup apple sauce
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest (lemon is an okay substitution)
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
2 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons triple sec (orange juice for non-alcoholic)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk, at room temperature
Food coloring (optional)
To make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the apple sauce then stir in the lime and orange zests. Add the cranberry juice, lime juice, triple sec and vanilla, and stir until combined.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sprinkle half of the flour mixture over the batter and beat until just combined. Stir in half of the milk, then add the remaining flour, and mix again until just combined. Finally, stir in the remaining milk and beat until thoroughly combined, but don’t over mix.
Place 2 tablespoons of batter in each cupcake liner and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
FOR THE FROSTING
1/4 cup butter
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon cranberry juice cocktail
1 tablespoon vodka (optional)
2 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons triple sec (orange juice for non-alcoholic)
2 tablespoons milk
Food coloring (optional)
To make the frosting: In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth. Add one cup of sugar and beat until combined. Stir in the cranberry juice until just combined, then add another cup of sugar and mix until combined. Stir in the vodka, if using, and the lime juice until combined. Add another cup of sugar and mix well. Finally stir in the triple sec (or orange juice), then add the remaining cup of sugar and beat until well combined and light and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, stir in the milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
Next month, we’re thinking we might do a Breakfast for Dinner theme. Tell me, do you and your friends do anything like this?