Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Call Me "Old Fashioned"

Now and then a moment occurs that is just too perfect for planning. At the very moment I pulled these whiskey-spiked cupcakes out of the oven, Lady Gaga belted, "you taste like whiskey when you kiss me. Oh, I'd do anything again to be your baby doll" on my iTunes. Gotta love it!

These cupcakes were in fact made to commemorate a very manly-themed birthday party my roommate and I threw over the weekend. The theme: Mustache Bash. Remind you of anything?

Last November Movember, I entered a Manly Movember Cupcake Competition with some killer Anchorman-inspired Spiced Squash Cupcakes with Scotch Butterscotch Frosting.

Chocolate Mustaches work out much better in November than in August in a third floor apartment that lacks air conditioning...

These birthday cupcakes needed to be equally manly... and classy... and delicious. Enter the Old Fashioned.

Honestly, I've never had an Old Fashioned. I've heard of it and thought of it only as a sort of old man saloon drink — whiskey, bitters, sugar, water and orange. Simple and elegant.

One of my best friends came to visit and help stage a photo shoot circa 1950: "Honey, I'm home. Please, give me my booze-infused cupcake."

I've never seen Mad Men, but I think I'm going to start watching it!

Decorations are part of the Mustache-themed party and the fact that President Obama and I share a date of birth! The doll was a gift from a friend a few years ago and the card a gift this year from my awesome friend!

Cupcakes and recipes inspired by and adapted from Serious Eats:

Orange Whiskey Cupcakes:
Makes 12-14 cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • zest and juice from one orange
  • 3 additional tablespoons orange juice (from carton/bottle)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan
  • Mix together sugar and orange zest and let sit for 5 minutes
  • In a small bowl, mix cake flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside
  • In a large bowl, blend butter and sugar zest mixture on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes
  • Add eggs and beat until just combined
  • Add flour mixture, all orange juice, vanilla, and whiskey and mix on low speed until incorporated
  • Add Greek yogurt and beat until just incorporated
  • Distribute batter evenly among prepared cupcake cups 
  • Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely

Whiskey Soak
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • Poke 15 holes in each cupcake with a toothpick
  • Spoon or paint whiskey on top of each cupcake and allow to sit overnight to absorb whiskey

Old Fashioned Buttercream
Makes more than enough for 14 cupcakes
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whiskey 
  • 9 dashes Angostura bitters
  • zest and juice from 1/2 orange
  • Mix butter and 2 cups powdered sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy
  • Add whiskey, bitters and orange zest and juice and mix until incorporated
  • Add remaining 2-3 cups powdered sugar until desired consistency reached

Sugared Zest
  • 1-2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • Thoroughly combine zest and sugar
  • Sprinkle on top of frosted cupcakes

We decorated our apartment with TONS of cut-outs of mustaches and people with mustaches to make for a grand 'ole time!

Happy Baking and thanks to all who called/texted/posted on my Facebook and/or attended the Birthday Bash!

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