This past weekend was Cinco De Mayo. I was hanging out with my son at his Spring Musical. I overheard some of the parents talking about how they wish they could run around the corner to a local restaurant. It got to me thinking about how I could flip some of their favorite (strawberry) drinks into tasty treats.
A few ideas
I thought about mixing and rum and mango. Perhaps a tequila flavored icing paired with some sort of cake. Or maybe I should just cook down some in-season fruits with alcohol and use it as a filling. That’s when the light bulb went off to kind of do a combination of a few things. I thought about a virgin Strawberry Margarita and a Bahama Mama.
This is super easy
Now let’s face it, while I am a pastry chef and I LOVE to make things that take HOURS to rise or marinate or bake, I’m also a super busy mom and we just do not have time for that. Combining cake mix with some added ingredients will spice up any regular old recipe! Can you imagine inviting your girlfriends over for cocktails and cupcakes featuring some spiked cupcakes? And for those of us that don’t really drink Mocktails and cupcakes!
Let’s talk Strawberries
So there are some things we need to know about Strawberries. First, they are only in season from April-June. Yup! You read that right. Okay so let me level with you, I take my kids strawberry picking (or I cheat and go to the farmer’s market) and get an atrocious amount of them during these months. They are sliced and frozen! Then I pull them when I need them all year long.
~But what if you come across this post out of season? Buy them Frozen in juice and use the juice in your frosting!
I love pairing cupcakes with my favorite American buttercream.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup margarita mix
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/8 cup lime juice
- Mix all ingredients.
- Divide evenly into baking cups (24)
- Fill baking cups about 3/4 way full (do not over fill)
- Bake 13-16 mins (until done).
- Allow to Cool
If you want to spike the cupcakes, use tequila, triple sec and lime juice in the vanilla frosting. Be sure not to over saturate the icing with liquid.