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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Red Hot Strawberry Cupcakes

Adult disclaimer...the cupcakes, although enticing to people of all ages, they do contain alcohol, and my version, 100 proof alchol at that. I'd strongly suggest replacing the alcohol if you are making these for children.

Now onto the good stuff!  I got the inspiration for these cupcakes after seeing this technique on Cupcakes Take the Cake. I've always wanted to use a torch in the kitchen, and not because I don't like the way it's decorated! I have always felt a sense of excitement from the chared top of a Creme Brulee' and although most of the time S'mores aren't done over a flame in the kitchen I have been known to do it that way!  Stop back by on March 3 to see about that!

The cupcakes mentioned on the Cupcakes Take The Cake post lead me to here. Although these cupcakes were chocolate, I felt I had to incorporate the strawberry into the cupcakes after seeing them as the tops.

I decided to try doing a strawberry shortcake cupcake, and trust me I wasn't sure what I was even going to frost them with until after they came out of the oven. I decided to go with a simple homemade strawberry whipped cream frosting. Perfect!

The cupcakes not only contain fresh chopped strawberries, but I had to go with 100 proof Absolute Vodka for good measure. When I was reading about the flaming strawberries the blogger mentioned to use an alcohol with a proof of 90 or higher to get a good blue flame. To the alcohol cabinet I went! After inspecting a few bottles, I remembered that I had some Absolute put away for special occassions. That has to be higher than Pama! (wanna see those cupcakes? Go here.)

Here's the recipe I used for these cupcakes. We'll get to the flaming technique shortly!

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2 cups fresh, chopped strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine the milk and vodka. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and add vanilla extract.
  5. Begin adding in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk/vodka mixture. Beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Mix just until all ingredients are combined.
  6. Stir in strawberries by hand.
  7. Using and ice cream scooper, divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pans.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.
Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Strawberry daquiri mix


  1. Pour heavy cream into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Using whisk attachment beat cream on high speed until it begins to stiffen.
  3. Slowly drizzle daquiri mix down the side of the mixing bowl. Be sure not to pour it in too fast or it will break down the heavy cream.
  4. Continue mixing on high until stiff peaks form.
  5. Frost cupcakes.

Now, for the flaming part!! And yet another disclaimer... please do not attempt to eat the flaming strawberries. I know, that has to be put on there because someone obviously has or would try that!

Flaming Strawberries


  • Fresh Strawberries.
  • 90 proof or higher alcohol of your liking. I used 100 proof Absolute vodka.

  1. Trim tops off of strawberries and core them (be careful not to cut through the sides of the strawberry)
  2. Set strawberries cut side up on top of cupcakes.
  3. Pour about a teaspoon of alcohol into each strawberry "cup".
  4. Now comes the tricky part, alcohol evaporates quickly so if you're going to display your cupcakes with flames a'glowin do it just before the presentation. The flame doesn't last long!
  5. Light the top of the cupcakes with either a lighter, a torch, or even a lit birthday candle.

I love these cupcakes! After I got over the initial amazement of the flame I ate the strawberry (left over vodka and all) and then bit into the cupcakes. It was the perfect balance of strawberries with a vanilla pound cake-esk cake. I think I have just found my new favorite cupcake (it doesn't hurt that it involves flame either)!

If you do want to make these without the liquor you could just replace it with more milk. You would definitly get the same texture of cake, but you'd miss out on the party on top!!


  1. Wow! I haven't visited your blog in a while! So much has changed! Also, love that idea, red hot strawberries??? totally cool!


  2. Nice!! This looks fantastic! I love strawberry cupcakes - can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!!