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Cheers With Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

Recently a great friend celebrated his birthday. To surprise him, I decided to turn his favorite cocktail into a cupcake! A must for any party, these gin and tonic cupcakes are stunning and surprisingly easy to make. Be careful when baking; the cake should be light and airy rather than hard and overcooked. The creamy frosting has a mild gin flavor, but feel free to add more or less booze to suit your tastebuds. My local market did not have citrus jellies, so I used sugar-coated lime slices as garnish. Homemade candied lime peel is another excellent option for garnish. To celebrate with your own gin and tonic cupcakes,

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Gin & Tonic Cupcakes

Gin & Tonic Cupcakes

Gin & Tonic Cupcakes

Ingredients

  1. Cake
  2. 2 medium egg whites
  3. Pinch of sea salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  5. 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
  6. 1/4 cup flour
  7. 1 1/2 tablespoons tonic water
  8. Frosting
  9. 1/2 cup mascarpone
  10. 1 tablespoon gin
  11. 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  12. Green food coloring
  13. Lime slices covered in sugar or jellied lime or lemon slices, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° Fahrenheit. With an electric hand mixer, beat the egg whites in a large bowl with salt and cream of tartar until they are risen. Now beat in the sugar, a couple of tablespoons at a time, sprinkling it over the egg whites and beating about 20 seconds with each addition. Fold the sifted flour into the meringue in three stages, and then stir in the tonic water.
  2. Arrange muffin paper baking cups inside a muffin tin and fill two thirds full. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden on the surface and still springy to the touch. Remove and let cool.
  3. Spoon mascarpone into a bowl and beat in the gin and then the syrup and tint it the palest green with a little food coloring. Fill a icing bag or ziploc with the tip cut off to frost the cupcakes.
  4. Use a decorative toothpick to spear lime slices in sugar or jellied candies and insert one into each cupcake.

Makes 12 cupcakes.


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gingrlj gingrlj 7 years
oh yum! I like the idea of using something different in a cake batter. Tonic water rather than milk!? neat. Plus I'd add a touch a lime to the frosting for an extra zing.
gingrlj gingrlj 7 years
oh yum! I like the idea of using something different in a cake batter. Tonic water rather than milk!? neat. Plus I'd add a touch a lime to the frosting for an extra zing.
irisheyes1212 irisheyes1212 7 years
lol @sham28 :) I agree...anyway these look delish. Adding to the list!
irisheyes1212 irisheyes1212 7 years
lol @sham28 :) I agree...anyway these look delish. Adding to the list!
sham28 sham28 7 years
Any way to sneak alcohol into the office, I support. :)
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
Really good gin and tonics are pure win. So refreshing. Bad gin is abysmal and belongs in spray bottles for cleaning countertops.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
Really good gin and tonics are pure win. So refreshing.Bad gin is abysmal and belongs in spray bottles for cleaning countertops.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Gin and tonic tastes like lighter fluid.
jessie jessie 7 years
looks pretty!
jessie jessie 7 years
looks pretty!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
If I were a fruit, which fruit would I be? I'd be a lime, as I have a natural affinity for both gin and tonic. (See today's Scary Go Round for as close to an explanation as you can hope for.)
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Someone should make a cookbook with only drink inspired cake recipes! hee hee.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
ew. This does not sound good to me at all. But then again I'm not a big drinker and I definitely don't like foods made with alcohol. I imagine they'd be good for those who do though.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
oooh i like this - it's something that i've never thought about before - but i like the concept and might have to try it some time.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Oh these look delicious!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Oh these look delicious!
smashedpotatoe13 smashedpotatoe13 7 years
i love gin and tonics! i also happen to love cupcakes! perfection...
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 7 years
Ooooh, my best friend loves mojitos, but is pregnant. I could make a version of these for her, but boil the rum for a few minutes before adding to the frosting to cook the alcohol out!
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