Drunken Cupcakes

dcI have posted a couple recipes for desserts that are pretty fast and easy. These recipes are great to keep handy when you have unexpected guests coming, or when you need to bring a treat to a party and don’t have a lot of time to make something fancy.

A coworker of mine makes an amazing rum cake. When she told me her secret, my jaw fell open. It was so easy and I am not kidding when I tell you that her cake is usually devoured within about 10 minutes of her announcing that there is cake. I have taken her recipe and modified it a bit to make:

Drunken Cupcakes
1 box of yellow cake mix prepared according to directions – you can also use chocolate
1/2 to 1 cup whiskey instead of water – don’t waste the good stuff on this!

Ganache
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup chocolate chips – I used Nestle Dark Chocolate

1. Prepare the cake mix according to the instructions, substituting the whiskey for all or part of the water.
2. Bake like they tell you to on the box. I made mini cupcakes and baked them for 20 minutes at 350.
3. While the cupcakes are cooling, start the Ganache. Heat the cream and chocolate until it’s nice and smooth. You might want to use a double boiler.
4. Let the ganache cool a little and then dip the tops of the cupcakes in the ganache and let cool before serving.

I have made this recipe in the form of cupcakes, mini-bundt cakes, and a regular bundt cake and it is always well received. I have a batch ready to take to work tomorrow. They’re even better if they can sit around for a day or two in a covered container to let the flavor mature. Hopefully, I can protect them from the hungry hoard in my home so there are some left for my co-workers.

So Happy Holidays and Enjoy!

 

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