Flaming Cupcakes

Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp canola or other vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 18-24 Strawberries - you'll need as many as you have cupcakes
  • Vodka, rum, or your choice of liquor 80 proof or higher (use Bacardi 151 for fail-proof results)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake papers and set aside.
  3. Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, water, heavy cream, oil and vanilla.  Mix with a hand held mixer until smooth.
  4. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each half full.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Let cool before frosting.
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, cream together sugar, cocoa and butter; beginning on low speed then increase to high.
  2. Beat until fluffy and lightened in color.  Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip. 
  3. Frost cupcakes.
  1. Hollow the strawberries carefully.  If you pierce the side of the strawberry accidentally, start with a new one. 
  2. Since you'll be setting the liquor aflame, it is important that your strawberry is leak-proof.
  1. Set one strawberry atop each frosted cupcake. Fill strawberries with liquor just before lighting (see tips).  If you need to light them all at once, (say, for a party) use a turkey baster to quickly fill all the strawberries and a grill lighter in lieu of matches.

Note : 
Makes about 20 cupcakes,

Any alcohol below 80 proof will not light well. (Bacardi 151 works good).  
Do not attempt to eat a flaming strawberry.  It's a relatively short burn time, lasting about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Photo Credit: sprinklebakes.com
Source : https://sites.google.com/site/sprinkleprints/chocolate-cupcakes-with-flaming-strawberries


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