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Iron Cupcake Earth Challenge : Cranberry

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Ever since I saw the Iron Cupcake Earth challenge was CRANBERRY I began brainstorming immediately! I knew I wanted to do something out of the {cake} box, something different than cranberries and chocolate! Seeing as how my drink of choice is a Cosmopolitan, thought about making a cupcake that resembled a martini! Cosmo’s do have cranberry juice in them, but I thought a Crantini fit even better! So I began thinking of what to make them with, cranberries of course, and the frosting had to have Vodka! Let me tell you, the icing is delicious! My taste-testers could have eaten the entire bowl! So here is my entry to the IC: Earth Challenge with Crantini Cupcakes, Cran-Vanilla cupcakes with Lime Vodka Frosting. Much love to Jordan for taking the pictures again =)

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IC: Earth – Crantini Cupcakes

My Iron Cupcake Earth Recipe for Cran-Vanilla {Crantini} Cupcakes with and Lime-Vodka Frosting. 

Cran-Vanilla Cupcakes

{makes 3 dozen small/regular size)

Cupcakes:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup superfine {berry} sugar
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 1 cup Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • Zest of 1 large lime

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In a small bowl, combine the flours and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl ( with a stand mixer preferably) cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy for 3 minutes (I would suggest timing this as it does make a difference, you want the butter to be light and airy). Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the dry ingredients alternating with the yogurt and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but make sure to not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended.

Using a spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the cranberries and lime zest until just mixed.

Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, about 1/4 cup, filling them about 3/4 fu

ll. I had to use my large wilton muffin pan, and two smaller ones to make all the cupcakes!


Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. You should always start with the lesser time, and then add more if need be.

Once they are baked, let them cool in the muffin tins for about 10 minutes, and then lift them to cool completely onto cooling racks. You can frost them with the vodka buttercream, or if you want to use regular icing you can also brush the tops of the cupcakes once cooled with vodka to soak in!

Frost with Vodka-Lime Buttercream (See Below)

It came in handy that I had to make cupcakes because I was actually going to a 50th birthday party the night I made these! Which was good because there was about 3 dozen!

 

Needless to say the kitchen was a huge mess afterward, but I sweetened the deal with a cupcake!

 

I thought I’d share some pictures of the photo shoot. Thanks to Jordan for setting it all up for me. Helps that he is a graphic designer/photographer and has all the proper supplies, ie: light box, digital SLR, Tripod etc etc. That’s what Bf’s are for! =)

Jordan working away! I let him eat a few as we we went!

 

IC: Earth Cran-Lime Vodka Frosting

Here’s the recipe for the frosting I used on my IC: Earth Crantini Cupcakes

Vodka-Lime Frosting

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Butter

1/4 Cup Shortening

1 tsp. Vanilla

4-5 cups Powdered {icing} Sugar, Sifted ( The amount will vary on what type of consistency you want )

1-2 tsp. Milk

2 Limes (1 for zesting and Juice, and 1 for garnish)

1 Tbsp. Vodka

*Splash of Cranberry juice

Directions:

Before you begin, zest one lime and squeeze out its juices into a cup. Set aside the lime zest and juice to add later. Sift icing sugar into a large bowl so you can easily measure it out once you start.

Using a stand mixer, cream softened butter and shortening, add vanilla and mix until smooth.

Add sugar gradually, 1/2 cup at a time. Once you’ve added 1 cup, mix in milk. Once you’ve gotten the milk mixed in, gradually add sugar and lime juice alternating.

Once you have mixed all the lime juice in, add the vodka {this can be omitted if you don’t want to add alcohol.} Once you have mixed in all the juices, add the rest of the sugar slowly until you achieve the desired consistency. You will want it to be stiff enough to pipe, so you want to be sure that it is not too watered down with the lime juice and vodka. You may add more/less lime juice depending on how much flavor you want.

If you want to, you may add some coloring to the frosting. Add this last, or separate the icing into different mixing bowls to use different colors. Preferably use gel food coloring, so it does not add more liquid.

*For the pink icing I also added a splash of cranberry juice for Cranberry Lime Frosting.

Garnish:

For the Crantini cupcakes, I decided to give them a sugared rim (using Bar Sugar) and top them off with sugared cranberries and lime wedges.

I used  this recipe for the Sugared Cranberries, if you don’t want to go to all the hassle you can just use raw cranberries washed, and tossed in superfine sugar. Place in fridge for a few minutes to harden.