Sunday, April 17, 2011

Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes and Wine

I'm gonna open my own shop. It's gonna be a wine and cupcakes shop.

We'll have wine pairings with cupcakes.

It'll make millions.


AHA! Now you can't steal my idea!

Haha My friend Michael and I used to do that if either one of us came up with a really funny joke. This way anyone who wanted to repeat it would have to say "Michael said the funniest thing!" or "Amy came up with the best joke." We're both pretty funny people. Not to brag or anything. :0)

Anyways, back to the present. I came up with this wine/cupcake pairing last weekend when we were celebrating my dear friend Betty's birthday. 

For her birthday extravaganza we went on a wine tour (just 7 of us) through Temecula Wine Country.

We went to three different wineries, Stuart Cellars, Leonesse Winery, and Danza del Sol Winery.

 She was one happy birthday girl!

It was a fun but long day. After starting the wine tour at 11 and ending around 4 we headed back to her house to start to prepare the food for the birthday after party!

I was in charge of the cupcakes, of course. Poor Betty, on Tuesday, her actual birthday, made her own birthday cupcakes! That's just not right. So I put myself in charge of her birthday dessert. When I asked her what kind of cupcakes she wanted she said "One's with booze in them!"

So we looked around, looking at White Russian cupcakes, and Mudslide cupcakes, and even Mimosa cupcakes. All of these sounded delicious but when Betty described the dinner she was planning, carne asada with the fixins, I knew I had to do my margarita cupcakes. But since I'd already done regular margarita cupcakes, I went for strawberry this time.

So I bought the ingredients, minus the tequila because Betty said she had it at the house, and set forth to make Strawberry Margarita cupcakes. Well, turns out, there was no tequila. Opps. But there was rum! So I switched out the tequila for rum and called them Strawberry Daiquiri cupcakes. The rest is history.

Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes
Recipe by me... with a little help from me!

9 ounces liquid Strawberry Margarita mix (a little over a cup)
3 ounces rum (a little less than 1/3 cup)
¾ ounce triple sec
1 box white cake mix
3 large egg whites
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Tbs lime zest
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries

2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
 1 Tbs lime zest
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two dozen cupcake tins with paper liners.

2. Prepare cupcakes: Whisk together strawberry margarita mix, rum and triple sec in a small bowl. Measure out 1¼ cups for the recipe; pour the rest on some ice and drink it while making the cupcakes!

3. In a large bowl, blend cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, lime zest and 1¼ cups of the margarita mix from step 1. Blend on low for about 30 seconds and then increase speed to medium and blend for two additional minutes. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

4. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners (about ¾ full). Bake for 20-25 min, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool for about 10 minutes in the pans, then remove them to a rack to cool completely.

5. To make the icing: Mix all the ingredients, cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, lime juice, and lime zest, in a bowl til completely combined and smooth.

6. Top with a slice of strawberry and serve at your next party!
Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Betty!


  1. Hey Thanks Amy :) ! The cupcakes were the bomb , and sorry for not having tequila... but leave it up to the expert to find another bottle a booze to use instead :) XOXO

  2. I mean really, Betty, what kind of Mexican are you?? NO tequila! Haha just kidding. turned out fabulous in my mind. glad you liked them!

  3. Hey Amy! haha that is hilarious, my husband and i joke about opening a wine and cupcake lounge all the time! that way i would have the best job in the world hahaha :)
    those look delicious! :)

  4. Years ago, wine tours were geared for the elite in society. That is no longer the case. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, wine tasting is suited for everyone. It is a great way to learn about wine, or try something new.
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