Moscato Cupcakes

My mom’s birthday is July 4th, for this year I made her Moscato cupcakes, which is her favorite wine. I have made cupcakes out of whisky before, and I was not a fan, so I was unsure how these would turn out. I found the recipe at http://brooke-bakes.blogspot.com/2012/04/moscato-cupcakes.html and followed it pretty closely. I did edit the frosting resipie because I found it was too runny originally.

Recipe for the cupcakes:

Ingredients:
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 and 1/4 cups white sugar
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/3 cup Moscato wine
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tsp. white vinegar
Optional: fresh strawberries or sprinkles for garnish
Directions:
 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put cupcake liners in two cupcake pans. This recipe should make 12-18 cupcakes depending on the size of your pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar, and whisk together. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, Moscato, buttermilk, eggs, and vinegar. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into dry and mix until it is  just blended. 
  3. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake pan, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before frosting with Moscato vanilla icing.

The cupcakes came out sweet and moist, just about perfect!

Recipe for the Icing

Ingredients

8 oz. butter, room temperature
8 oz. Cream cheese, room temperature
6 Tbsp. Moscato
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 cups powdered sugar
Procedure
In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until it is smooth and fluffy. Add in the Moscato and vanilla and continue mixing until combined. Add the icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until smooth and light. Frost the cooled cupcakes and garnish with a fresh sliced strawberry half and/or sprinkles.
cupcakes
My strawberries were huge, co I sliced them into thirds and made heart shaped ones!
Although the cake part is no longer alcoholic, because the alcohol is baked out, the icing still is; please do not serve this to children!
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