Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dr. Pepper Birthday Cupcakes

For Adam's birthday (and my father-in-law's) this weekend, I decided to try out an idea I saw on Pinterest. I pinned these adorable Dr. Pepper cupcakes a while ago and decided to have a go at them this weekend. They did end up being a bit more work than I expected, but they turned out fantastic!

I followed the recipe on this blog

Her recipe:
Dr. Pepper Cupcake Recipe 

List of Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup boiling Dr. Pepper

How to:
Cream the butter and add the brown sugar.
When well blended, add the eggs one at a time, beating well.
Add the chocolate, slightly cooled
In a small bowl, add one teaspoon of the baking soda to the buttermilk.
Mix the remaining dry ingredients in another bowl.
Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the butter mixture alternatively.  
Add the vanilla.  Finally add in the Dr. Pepper.
Pour into cupcake molds and bake at 375-degrees for 20-25 minutes.

1/3 C soft butter
3 C confectioner's sugar
1/2 C dark cocoa
4 Tbs heavy cream
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 can cherries in syrup (or in liqueur)

Cream the butter, cocoa and sugar together and stir in the cream.  Add the ginger and enough cherry syrup to create the desired consistency.  Refrigerate if necessary, and spread over the cupcakes when they have cooled.  Top each cupcake with half a cherry.

Adam was TOTALLY freaked out about me cutting apart pop cans. He was SURE I was going to "get shrapnel" in our food. But I didn't!

I found it was easier to do a rough cut around (because the DP logo is in the middle of the can). Then I went back and used the scissors to make a smooth cut. The edges were not ragged at all the way I cut. Also, I used regular DP cans because we (Adam) save them to bring to recycle for $ so there were bags in the cellar. I didn't drink all these this week!

Final product!

My father-in-law and Adam

My nephew pretending to drink out of one!

My notes:
-The batter was REALLY liquidy and I was a little nervous when I put them in the oven. But they turned out great! Nice and fluffy. 
-They made about 36 cupcakes. 
-The frosting recipe only iced about half the cupcakes. I would double it next time.
-Instead of buying buttermilk, I made it by combining lemon juice and milk. I got the idea from that blog, and then read more about it on Google. The best way is to add 1 TB lemon juice to a measuring cup. Fill the rest of the way with milk. Let sit 10 minutes. Saves money on buying a bunch of buttermilk you won't really use!
-These were a big hit! Adorable and tasty!