Boozy Cakes w/ Honey Ginger Caramel Frosting

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I made these cakes last week and they're delicious, even though you can hardly taste the alcohol. I put Grand Marnier in the batter, but next time I would add some orange zest to really get an orange flavor. I went a little crazy with the frosting, since I had my homemade caramel in the fridge for so long, and then I decided honey and ginger would go well with it. It really did! This frosting was divine. Joe was in lurve. You can't taste the ginger so much, since I was a little afraid to put too much...


I've been in lurve as well recently. I bought this book called The Flavor Bible... It really is my flavor Bible!! It has every combination of flavors and gives suggestions of what you can make or combine. I read through the entire thing even though it was just lists of spices and meats and vegetables. The book was what inspired me to try this cupcake. 


I was looking at everything I had in the kitchen, and according to the book, ginger + honey + caramel + orange tastes great, so I went with it! Although the orange and the ginger were slightly subdued this still turned out yummy. I also read that you could try raspberries and I happened to have some raspberry sorbet on hand so I put the two together.. That was definitely my favorite combination... Having a cold sorbet mixed with a warm cupcake was beyond delicious.


I omitted the frosting on some and just added raspberry jam to the stop. Since my hand mixer was dying, I couldn't beat the cream cheese frosting very well and thus wasn't able to frost the cupcakes all pretty like I usually do.


I found the recipe here. But I would add more Grand Marnier or put in some orange zest/extract. 
As for the frosting, I made my caramel sauce, added ginger to taste and combined it with my cream cheese frosting. I put in the entire serving of caramel into the frosting and added sugar only afterwards, if it needed it (It needed about 1/3 brown sugar for me).

This ice storm in St. Louis is crazy! Everything is closed and I've heard non stop sounds from outside of what sounds like hail/ice hitting the windows. I ran outside to take photos and this is what I got:


Things encased in ice are so fascinating! Ok, that's all.
Hope everyone is staying warm and safe :)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The cupcakes sound 'delish'. Wish you were in Atlanta so we could try them.

Amma

Kristin said...

i couldn't find a "contact" button, so i guess i'll leave a comment! not only do these cupcakes look absolutely superb, but you've also been given "the stylish blogger" award! hop on over to my page to check it out:

http://delightfullydowling.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

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