Iron Cupcake #3: [Soda Pop]April 19, 2009 at 5:50 PM | Posted in crunkcakes, Iron Cupcake | 68 Comments
Can I tell you something? Just between you and me…
I am kinda fussy about blog events. It’s a love-hate relationship thing. I love participating but I hate having deadlines. I always seem to just make it or just miss it. Story of my life. Oh…? and I rarely participate in blog events that don’t inspire me. What’s the point of participating if you aren’t inspired right? Uninspired work is never your best work.
So I am glad I was immediately inspired by this month’s Iron Cupcake ingredient challenge. I think I started brainstorming the minute I got the email. (Isn’t that right, twitter followers? *wink*) I knew right away I’d be doing a crunkcake. If you didn’t know it already. It’s kind of my thing. Baking with alcohol is always fun and there are so many yummy alcoholic drinks with soda. Am I right? Of course I am.
Since rum is my hard liquor of choice…
PS. While googling for Coke cake recipe I found this fun Coca-Cola© factoid website. Guaranteed hours of “Seriously?” <— At least that’s what I said more than a few times outloud. LOL
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Makes about 30 cupcakes
For cola cupcakes
2 cups AP flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine (I used unsalted butter instead)
1 cup Coca-Cola©
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cup mini marshmallows (I used about 15 jumbo marshmallows)
For brown sugar rum IMBC
1-1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup water
5 eggs whites
1 lb (4 sticks) butter, unsalted and softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp dark rum* (I used 3 tbsp of Myer’s Original Dark for a little extra kick)
IMBC = italian meringue buttercream
* You could substitute with 4 tbsp rum extract too
To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line pan with cupcake liners.
In stand mixer fitted with a flat beater, combine flour and sugar; set aside. In saucepan, combine margarine, cola and cocoa and bring to a boil.
[NOTES: I decided it would be fun to melt the marshmallows with the cola mixture instead.]
Remove pan from heat and pour over flour and sugar. Mix thoroughly to combine. Add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, vanilla and
miniature marshmallows. Mix well.
Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full and bake for about 17-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool before frost.
[NOTES: Don’t worry if batter seems a little thin. It will bake up fine.]
To make IMBC—
In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and water and bring to a boil. Boil until sugar has reached soft-ball stage (235º-240ºF).
While sugar boiling, place egg whites into a clean, stainless-steel mixer bowl. Using the whip attachment, beat on low speed until foamy. Raise the speed to medium high and whip until stiff.
With the mixer running, add your brown sugar syrup slowly into the beaten egg whites in a steady stream. Continue beating on high speed until the mixture has cooled down, about 3 minutes.
Keep the mixer running and add butter 1 tbsp at a time. Add vanilla and rum. (Don’t worry if buttercream starts to look curdled. Just keep beating until buttercream is smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.)
Husband rating: N/A
He’s not a big alcohol in desserts person so he opted out.
Wifey rating: A/A-
I love the brown sugar rum buttercream. So smooth, silky, caramel delicious and rum-tastic! The coca cola cake is an interesting flavor. It’s not my favorite “cake” recipe but it went really well with the rum buttercream b/c you could taste the hint of coke in the cake.
Other rating: A
I made these cupcakes for my BIL’s birthday. He’s more of a wine lover (he prefers red over white) than hard liquor but when he does drink, it’s a good ol fashion rum and coke so he thought the cupcakes were awesome. Many of our friends commented that it totally reminded them of a rum and coke. I got many compliments especially on the buttercream.
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