Eat to the Beat: Gin and Juice Cupcakes

November 18, 2011 · 15 comments

in desserts/sweets

If you were born within about 15 years of me, in either direction, I don’t think I should have to explain the song I chose for this edition of Eat to the Beat, based on this post’s title. But in case you’re older, or foreign, or my mom (who, I guess, is all of those things), these cupcakes are based on Snoop Dogg’s 1995 hit “Gin and Juice” from the album Doggystyle, which was on the radio and everyone’s stereo 24/7 when I was in high school. How did that song come out 17 years ago? Crap, I’m old.

I had a few different ideas for Eat to the Beat this time, and for some reason the top three all involved orange flavored things. I  have no idea why. But I went with this song because, well, it’s kind of the funniest? And also, the most popular of the songs I’d thought up.

I’ll be honest and say I had no idea what the juice from gin & juice was. Snoop, are you reading my blog? If so, LMK, OK? I did some googling and it appeared it could be orange or grapefruit, so I went with orange and made cupcakes that had fresh orange juice in the batter, and also some juice & zest in the buttercream. I added just a bit of gin to both the cupcakes and the frosting. Snoop would be so proud.

The base of these cupcakes was modified from a recipe that is for Tequila Sunrise cupcakes, and actually happens to be vegan. I de-veganized it because I added regular milk, but there are still no eggs, so it’s easy to re-veganize. The cupcakes turned out incredibly moist, as I often think cupcakes made with oil vs. butter tend to be. They were a bit springier than a standard cupcake, most likely due to the lack of eggs., but quite tasty! They were also incredibly easy to make and took *maybe* five minutes of mixing. Just a quick whisk of dry ingredients and a quick whisk of wet, combine.

I hope some of you will be able to participate in Eat to the Beat this time. It’s always so fun to see everyone’s entries! The deadline is next Sunday, so if you haven’t come up with an idea yet, figure out a way to turn that Thanksgiving turkey into a song. :)

(PS: Please forgive my horrible cupcake frosting disability)

 

Gin and Juice Cupcakes

Cupcakes inspired by Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World via Slashfood, frosting recipe is my own

Cupcakes

2 tsp. orange zest
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup milk (or soy milk)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
1.5 Tbsp. gin
1 cup sugar
1-1/3 + 1 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the first 7 ingredients (zest through sugar). In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet, whisking until just incorporated.

Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tin (I used a 1/4 cup measuring scoop, which was perfect).

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1.5 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp. gin
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-2.5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
orange zest

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in another bowl, using a hand mixer), beat the butter until fluffy. Add the orange juice, gin, and vanilla extract and beat a couple seconds, until incorporated. With the mixer on low speed, add the sugar. Switch to a high speed and beat until light and fluffy, adding extra sugar (or orange juice) if necessary, to achieve the proper consistency.

Top the cupcakes with the frosting, and grate a little orange zest onto each.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Blog is the New Black November 18, 2011 at 4:37 am

Love this! :)

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Joanne November 18, 2011 at 5:48 am

So so SO funny. I would not have pegged you for a Snoop Dog fan, but I love it. A total classic.

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bellini November 18, 2011 at 7:51 am

They sound packed full of flavour Elly!

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Kelsey November 18, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love this. With my mind on my money and my money on my mind…

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Chelsea November 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

haha funny! and yummy!

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Cate November 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

Aaaahhh I love this! I was obsessed with that song in middle school. I just made my Eat to the Beat recipe yesterday so I’ll have it to you soon (probably later today)

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Krissy@DaintyChef November 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Now I have this song stuck in my head, I plan to post my entry on Monday :)

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Ann P. November 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

hilaaaarious!! :D i know half a dozen people that would get a kick out of these cupcakes for their birthday hahah

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Cara November 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Great idea Elly! Cupcakes are always a good thing :)

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Pam November 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

OK. i’m far too old to have enjoyed Snoop Dogg, though I do have an 18 year old son so I certainly am familiar with Snoop. That said, this sounds like a delicious (and fun) cupcake recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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Jen @ BeantownBaker.com November 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Now I have Gin and Juice stuck in my head! I’ve been thinking and thinking of a recipe to participate in Eat to the Beat… I’m not sure I’ll make it this year, but I’m hoping to come up with something so that I can!

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Robyn {Planet Byn} November 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

i thought my entry might be the only one inspired by a hip-hop song, so i’m in good company!!

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ErinsFoodFiles November 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

Gin & Juice cupcakes, I love it!

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Deb April 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I made these tonight, except I used grapefruit instead of orange because that’s what I had. They still came out great! Gin and Juice is a favorite drink of mine, and I do enjoy the song. :)

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elly April 4, 2013 at 7:12 am

glad they turned out!

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