Last night I made lemon vodka cupcakes so today’s first job, after breakfast, was to ice them.
There’s something very naughty about putting alcohol in icing. I mean, icing is so embedded in childhood memories what with home made birthday cakes, helping my gran make fairy cakes and getting to lick the spoon and the bowl. This icing had a large dash of neat vodka though so the only person licking today’s spoon and bowl was me – nom!
After the cakes we headed out en famille to check out a Marshall practice amp I spotted on Gumtree. Unfortunately when we parked up I realised I’d forgotten to go to the cashline so there was a five-mile detour for cash. When we got to see the amp it wasn’t working but the seller reckoned it was the lead and let us take that away to check it out.
Luckily my friend May lives up the street and her son plays the bass so we took it and tried it in his amp. It’s definitely the lead so we’ll have to buy a new one and go back for the amp.
We took along a box of cupcakes for May and the family but when she opened the box she was just about knocked out by the vodka so she reckons they’ll only be for her and hubby – sorry kids 😦
Today I have learned:
- even cupcakes grow up
Lemon vodka cupcakes
For the cake:
300g soft unsalted butter
300g caster sugar
4 large eggs, beaten
300g ground almonds
150f plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
zest of 2 lemons
For the syrup:
150g caster sugar
juice of 3 lemons
2 tbsp vodka
For the frosting:
400g icing sugar
120g soft unsalted butter
3 tbsp vodka
Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and prepare a cupcake tray(s) with paper cases.
Cream the butter and sugar then gently beat in the eggs. Fold in the almonds, flour, baking powder and zest. Divide amongst the cases. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
To make the syrup gently heat the sugar in 75 mls water till dissolved. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the juice and vodka.
Prick the tops of the cakes with a skewer and spoon over half the syrup. Leave for an hour then repeat.
To make the icing place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix using a hand mixer or food processor. Pipe onto the cakes.