Our Screwdriver Cupcakes come from the idea of turning your favorite cocktail into a cake. We have a whole section on Cocktail Cakes in Booze Cakes. These are all recipes that are inspired by popular drinks. The cocktail cakes are really fun to make, because essentially you are mixing multiple ingredients into the batter in a similar way to mixing a cocktail. Plus garnishing cakes is just as fun as garnishing your drinks!
Screwdrivers are a casual drink- candy like and one the most popular introductory cocktail for the novice drinker. (I still recall that one particular incident with Screwdrivers in college and shudder. OK, enough of that.)
Our cupcakes with orange juice, orange zest, orange vodka, coconut, and topped with sweet orangey buttercream frosting are the perfect casual cake and are easy to make. They are a playful addition to a youthful dinner or dessert cocktail party.
The batter recipe itself is pretty straightforward for these Screwdrivers. The addition of a little orange zest and coconut definitely perks up the flavor. When I made my recent batch, I used Absolut Mandarin vodka which is delicious all by itself. However, instead of the lovely Orange Vodka Buttercream, I frosted the cupcakes with a glossy Dark Chocolate Frosting. Really a nice variation!
You’ll find the recipe for Screwdriver Cupcakes on page 118 of Booze Cakes.
-posted by Terry