Appletini Cupcakes

Appletini Cupcakes ~ Yes, you read that right-cocktail cupcakes! The only thing better than a Friday cocktail is one between a  cake crumb, preferably a cupcake, and stacked with some Swiss buttercream that has been churned with a fully shaken Appletini.

Appletini Cupcakes

Appletini Cupcakes

Alright, if I didn’t have you at Appletini, you can of course keep this a straight up vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. Just please, keep the cherry on top and the crystal sugar rimming, for no other reason than cute food makes people smile . . . Really, have you ever seen a frowning face after a maraschino cherry?

This is a simple cupcake dressed up for some adult fun and dressed up for Bakers Royale’s 1 year blog-a-versary celebration!!

I’m not going to bore you with any re-hashes of the pass year, or what I’ve learned, or what I will and won’t do this year. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has ever read a sentence or spent one second on this blog. You guys are the best!

I’m trying to keep this short since I have some celebrating to do with the hubs.  But I have to give him a big, big, BIG thanks for being so supportive, especially during the first six months, when I was finding my way and everyday look like a kitchen explosion from baking gone crazy.

I wish I could give each of you one of these in person, but since I can’t, here’s how you can create them in your home. Enjoy!

Appletini Cupcakes

Makes approximately 16-18 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • Click here for my Vanilla cupcake recipe.
  • Click here for the Swiss Buttercream recipe I used from Martha Stewart.
  • Click here for the Appletini recipe I used.

Instructions:

    To Assemble:

    1. Make the 3 Appletini servings, combining two and keeping one separate; set aside. Add 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar to the one separate serving and whisk to combine to create an Appletini Glaze; set aside.
    2. Bake the cupcakes and let cool. Using a skewer, poke holes in the cupcake from the top to create small wells. Brush cupcakes with Appletini glaze.
    3. Make the frosting as written by Martha and then add in the two combined Appletini servings at the end and mix for about another 2-3 minutes until combined and smooth.
    4. Pipe and rim frosting with crystal sugar. Finish with a maraschino cherry on top.

    A few notes:

    • The cupcakes can be made and glazed a day in advance and kept tightly wrapped at room temperature.
    • The Swiss buttercream can be made in 3 days in advance. If you do make it advance, do not add the Appletini until the day of and make sure to bring the buttercream to room temperature before adding it. Once added, use the paddle attachment on a stand mixer and beat buttercream to smoothness once more.
    • Especially important, this recipe from Martha Stewart calls for 2lbs (not one) of butter, that’s eight sticks. Don’t make the same mistake I did by not carefully reading the recipe and only using 1lb of butter, unless you want a very runny Swiss buttercream that isn’t thick enough to frost anything.
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    43 Responses to “Appletini Cupcakes”

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      Lena — February 18, 2011 @ 10:45 am

      Happy first anniversary!

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      Blog is the New Black — February 18, 2011 @ 10:46 am

      Love this idea! Cocktails and cupcakes are my 2 fav things! ;)

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      Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — February 18, 2011 @ 11:59 am

      These are sooooo darling and sound amazing in taste, too. What a great cupcake creation!

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      Kaitlin — February 18, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

      Congratulations on your first year!

      These cupcakes are too cute. My best friend’s favorite drink is an Appletini (because of Scrubs). She’d go nuts if I made these!

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      Caroline — February 18, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

      That photo is amazing! I feel like I could just reach into the computer and grab it. Then eat every last bite. Mmmm!

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      Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 18, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

      Happy 1 year Blogiversary Naomi! How exciting. Your cupcakes are adorable, and you’re right maraschino cherries always puts a smile on my face :-)

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      Cookbook Queen — February 18, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

      Congratulations on your blogiversary!! You’ve come a long ways in such a short time!!

      As always, your cupcakes look AMAZING!!

      Happy Friday, chickie!!

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      Amanda — February 18, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

      Brilliant!!! How do you think of these amazing creations??? And SO beautiful!! Well done girl!

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      Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 18, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

      This is just so much fun! And absolutely gorgeous! Happy, Happy Anniversary – have fun celebrating!

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      Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — February 18, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

      Happy Anniversary! Love this idea, Naomi. I’d love one for breakfast. It is Friday after all, right? :)

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      Lora — February 18, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

      These are super fabulous and a great was to toast your blog-a-versary!

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      Katie | GoodLife Eats — February 18, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

      These are so cute! And I’ve never made swiss buttercream before. I’ll have to give that one a try. Sounds yummy!

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      TidyMom — February 18, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

      I want to frame and hang that photo Naomi!
      We love appletini’s…can’t wait to try these

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      Aimee @ Simple Bites — February 18, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

      Congratulations! I never knew our blogoversaries were so close (mine is Feb 8, 2010). Way to celebrate in style.

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      Jaime {sophistimom} — February 18, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

      Those are so cute—and exactly what I would think appletini cupcakes should look like.

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      Sweetapolita (Rosie) — February 18, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

      Wow, love these, Naomi! Beautiful photo as well (and as always!). Happy Anniversary! xo

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      Kristen — February 18, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

      Happy happy anniversary, to your beautiful blog!!!

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      Debbie — February 18, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

      I can’t wait to make these. I plan on using the appletini recipe you have provided but I have a question. What measurement did you use as “part”? Was each “part” one ounce? Or a different measurement? Thanks!

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      Tracy — February 18, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

      I’m totally in love with these! And happy blogoversary!! :-)

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      Wenderly — February 18, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

      HAPPY ANNIVERSARY sweets! How exciting!

      I am going bonkers over these cupcakes! And those polka dot papers *stop it* I’m in love!

      Hope that you have a lovely day too!

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      Quyen - Kitchen Runway — February 18, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

      Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! The cupcakes are beautiful and your blog has been such a joy to read! Keep up the great work and we’ll have to get together soon to celebrate! Take care!

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      Mama Kelly aka Jia — February 19, 2011 @ 12:06 am

      Almost too pretty to eat. But trust me as good as these sound that sentiment wouldn’t last long in their presence.

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      Annie — February 19, 2011 @ 1:00 am

      That is a truly beautiful photo! I may have to try these.

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      Shaina — February 19, 2011 @ 1:32 am

      These are just gorgeous, Naomi. Happy Anniversary!

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      Breville Je95XL — February 19, 2011 @ 3:18 am

      Happy 1st Anniversary!
      Love the appletini cupcakes, want to have some right now. ;)

      Thanks for sharing the recipe! :D

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      Eliana — February 19, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

      Happy anniversary! This is the perfect way to celebrate. Looking forward to another year of your delicious blog posts.

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      briarrose — February 19, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

      Happy blogoversary. Love the cupcake flavor. They look beautiful.

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      Jamie | My Baking Addiction — February 19, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

      Congrats on your blog birthday! These are stunning! I love the cherry and sanding sugar…so very pretty!

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      Bourbonnatrix — February 19, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

      Stumbled in from Foodgawker! Great picture! For some reason, I’m getting both “refreshing” and “wintery” from it! Anyways, looks good enough to lick the screen :)

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      marla {family fresh cooking} — February 20, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

      Happy blog birthday!!! These are such sweet cupcakes to celebrate with. Keep up the great work girl. Love everything about your blog :)

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      bridget {bake at 350} — February 20, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

      Happy, happy blogiversary!!! GORGEOUS cupcakes!!!

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      DIane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} — February 21, 2011 @ 12:27 am

      super cute cocktail cupcakes! They sound delicious. Look AMAZING, and are making my sweet tooth hungry.

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      Courtney — February 21, 2011 @ 12:56 am

      These are adorable! Can you taste the vodka in the icing?

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      Jess — February 21, 2011 @ 3:58 am

      Oh gosh, these look great!!
      Jess : )

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      Christina — February 21, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

      Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary! I love the sugar rimmed cupcakes-cute idea!

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      Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 22, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

      These are so adorable! I just love how you “rimmed” the cupcakes with sugar. Stunning!

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      Rory — February 23, 2011 @ 1:08 am

      That photo is crazy. It looks like its fake almost… and also like those cupcakes are amazingly delicious!

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      Nancy@acommunaltable — February 23, 2011 @ 3:12 am

      Not only are these cute, but they sound amazing. Never would have thought to make an Appletini into a cupcake!!!

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      Michelle — February 24, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

      They are so pretty! And fun!

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      Rhonda (The Dainty Baker) — February 24, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

      HAHAHHA you had me at appletini! then you delivered with that amazing photo of them!! absolutely divine!

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      Kayleigh — February 25, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

      OMG, I DIE for that pic!!

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