Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Red Red Wine.....

It's Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and Pancake Day! Yay! So that means we get to eat like pigs and stuff ourselves silly so we have enough fat storage to last through the next 40 days until Easter. OK, so maybe that's not quite how it's supposed to be and certainly misses the point of Lent. Lent is supposed to be a season of abstinence to bring ourselves closer to God by understanding that Jesus suffered in his 40 days in the desert. Or something like that.

Anyhow, Laurie over at Quirky Cupcake, lovely lady, lovely blog, this month chose liquor as the theme for this month's Cupcake Hero. She's being helped out this month by the also lovely Tempered Woman. Because February has the oh so fantastic made up holiday that pressures couples to prove how much they love each other and makes single women feel inept. Yes, I'm talking about Valentine's Day. It's kind of fitting it falls right smack dab in lent.

For my liquor cupcake contribution, I went with the drink I go to most. The drink that Renee Zellweger chugged while lip-syncing "All By Myself" at the begining of Bridget Jones' Diary. The drink that my friend T used to sip while sitting in her Jacuzzi bathtub while avoiding her husband. I'm beginning to think it's the drink of women everywhere. It's red red wine. Just like the song.

I based this cupcake on my favorite flavor of ice cream. Well sorbet really. Ciao Bella's Blackberry Cabernet sorbet. Super yummy. I found a recipe, that I seriously tweaked for a German Rotweinkuchen (red wine cake). I also had on hand a 4 pack, ok 2 left from a 4 pack of Funky Llama cabernet little bottles. I happened to run across some beautiful (and cheap) blackberries at Trader Joes when my friend S was in town. It was like these beautiful little cupcakes were meant to be. The cupcakes really turned out delicious. Plus by the second day, the red wine flavor came through better.

Blackberry Cabernet Cupcakes

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp Hershey Special Dark cocoa powder
125 mL (1/2 cup) cabernet sauvignon + 2 Tbsp

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, mix butter sugar and eggs until smooth and creamy; add the vanilla and mix well.
In a small bowl, mix baking powder and flour; add to creamed mixture.
Add red wine and mix well, but be carefull not to overmix. Add cocoa powder.
Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool completely on wire racks.

Brush all of the cupcakes with cabernet. (Uses about 2 Tbsp total)

1 cup blackberries
about 1/2 cup Cabernet
1/2 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar

Place blackberries and cabernet in small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce until blackberries mash easily and wine is syrupy. Strain, pressing on seeds to extract all the liquid. Blackberry Cabernet sauce should equal a little less than a quarter cup.

Beat butter in mixer until creamy. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk until a semi thick spreading consistency is reached. Add Blackberry Cabernet sauce. The frosting should be a little on the soft side.

Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with the Blackberry Cabernet frosting. Place one firm blackberry in the center of each cupcake. Sift some Hershey Special Dark cocoa onto the cupcakes.



LisaRene said...

What a fun idea. These would be perfect to serve as dessert for my wine club. Love the photo of the cupcake in the wine glass.

slush said...

WOW! You are going to be TW's new best friend. Wait till she sees these. Oh my! Well done my friend, well done. (And the first entry too, BRAVO!)

glamah16 said...

Great. I love the use of red wine and the German recipe naturally. Makes me want to bake something up for this event. I love the liqueur theme:-).

Tempered Woman said...

oh oh oh~ I think my heart is all a'flutter and my head is filled with Neil Diamond, or is it the Tony Tribe, no, no I believe that's UB40. Yes, I feel faint. I need to lie down. And then promptly shove one of these cupcakes into my fat face.
I heart the pic in the wine glass~ very very clever. And the fact that you mentioned Trader Joe's just endears you to me forever.

Bellini Valli said...

Red red wine you make me feel so fine
You keep me rocking all of the time
Red red wine you make me feel so grand
I feel a million dollars when your just in my hand
Red red wine you make me feel so sad
Any time I see you go it make me feel bad .......yay Bob Marley!!!! These cupcakes would be "jammin" mann.

Mrs. White said...

Oh. My. God. Red wine, cupcakes and blackberries are three of my favorite things. Thank you so much for this recipe! :)

Pixie said...

These sound wonderful, I wish I could have one for my cuppa later on this afternoon. Think I best start baking some cupcakes soonish, I feel sugar deprived, despite the icecream I ate last night.

JoytheBaker said...

What a lovely combination of cupcake and liquor! They look like a dream!

Zylo said...

Look at you go! I love gathering ideas for using wine since it takes me so long to drink.

Stef said...

These sound awesome! Great idea!