Monthly Archives: November 2020

White Claw Black Cherry Cupcakes

Thanksgiving is almost here and it will be will be so different this year.  It will definitely be a smaller than usual Thanksgiving dinner at my house. But everyone in my family is safe and well.  So there is a lot to be thankful for.  Below is a picture of Thanksgiving desserts from a couple of years ago.

These White Claw Black Cherry Cupcakes are a fun and party ready cupcake that you may want to include the next time you can safely reconnect with family and friends.  White Claw Black Cherry Hard Seltzer is made from a blend of seltzer water, gluten free alcohol bases, and a hint of fruit flavor.

Please note that the hard seltzer contains 5% alcohol.

This is a really easy dessert to make, using a cake mix and prepared frosting.  I used a Pillsbury Cream Cheese Filled Pastry Bag with a star tip for the frosting.

White Claw Black Cherry Cupcakes

  • Difficulty: easy
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Nonstick cooking spray
1 (15.25) ounce box red velvet cake mix
1 (12 ounce) can black cherry hard seltzer, such as White Claw Black Cherry Hard Seltzer
3 large eggs
3/4 cup cherry jam or preserves
1 Pillsbury Cream Cheese Filled Pastry Bag
24 maraschino cherries with stems, for decorating

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line two 12 cup muffin tins with paper liners and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Beat the cake mix, 1 1/3 cups of the hard seltzer and the eggs together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium high speed until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes.  Divide the mixture evenly among the prepared muffin tins (each cup should be about 3/4 full).

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes, rotating tins halfway through.  Turn cupcakes out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Stir the remaining hard seltzer (about 1/4 cup) and the cherry jam together in a small saucepan and place over medium heat.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced slightly, about 5 to 8 minutes.  Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate until completely cool and set, about 45 minutes.

Scoop out a 1/2 inch-wide and 1/2 inch deep hole from the center of each cupcake top using a small measuring spoon.  Fill each hole with the spiked cherry jam (about 1 1/2 teaspoons per cupcake).

Pipe the Cream Cheese frosting onto the cupcakes to cover the jam, leaving the edge exposed.  Top each with a maraschino cherry. Makes about 24 cupcakes.

Notes:
1.  Recipe adapted from Food Network and can be found here.
2.  There is no vegetable oil or butter in the cupcake batter.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Are you still a fan of The Great British Baking Show?  I am, very much so.

The new season  (Season 8) is on Netflix here in the USA which is Season 11 in the UK.  Due to the pandemic, the bakers remained in a “bubble” instead of returning home between weekends of filming.  Also, co-host Sandi Tosvig has been replaced by British comedian Matt Lucas.  For more information and a review of the current season, check out this USA Today article.

The first technical bake of this series is a Paul Hollywood recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cake baked in mini cake molds.  As usual, for the technical challenge, it seems the bakers are given very few instructions and baking times.

There was a little bit of drama during this technical challenge.  When the bakers are taking their cakes to the table for judging, Sura accidentally swats Dave’s cake off his plate onto the floor.  Fortunately, one of Dave’s cakes survived and he was judged on that cake.

Here is Paul Hollywoods’ recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cakes.  To make the recipe, one must make a caramel syrup, prep a whole pineapple, make a sponge cake, whip cream, and prepare an optional custard.

As you can see, it is a complicated recipe plus there is a possibility that the cakes will stick to the baking pans (as some of the bakers discovered).

The recipe in this post uses jumbo size muffin or cupcake pans.  I had 2 Wilton jumbo sized muffin pans that I bought from Amazon a few years back for about $13.  I sprayed the pans with nonstick cooking spray and didn’t have any problems with the cupcakes sticking to the pans.

The recipe that I made for this post is very easy and delicious.  It uses a boxed cake mix and canned sliced pineapples and the juice from the pineapples.

This recipe bakes individual servings, making it easier to share with family and friends.  These are absolutely delicious served warm after they are removed from the muffin pans.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 cans (8 oz each) pineapple slices in juice, drained (reserving juice)
12 maraschino cherries
1 box yellow cake mix, 15.25 oz size
1 cup pineapple juice (from cans of pineapple)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Spray the muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Place 1 teaspoon melted butter in each of the 12 jumbo muffin cups.  Add 1 tablespoon light brown sugar to each of the muffin cups.  Place 1 pineapple slice in each cup; place 1 cherry in center of each pineapple slice.

In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, 1 cup reserved pineapple juice, the oil, and eggs with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes on high speed.  Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling each muffin cup 3/4 of the way full.

Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.  Cool cakes in the pan 5 to 10 minutes.

Place cookie sheet upside down over each muffin pan, turn cookie sheet and muffin pan over.  Remove pan.  Serve cakes warm.  Refrigerate any leftover cakes in an airtight container.

Notes:
1.  I used a Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix, 15.25 oz size.
2.  Recipe is adapted from Betty Crocker and original recipe can be found here.

Be safe everyone.

 

 

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