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ICE CREAM CONE CUPCAKE COCKTAILS


These alcohol infused ice cream cone cupcakes are really easy. I've used just a simple boxed cake mix and packaged frosting and simply added a few "extras" to them - including a nice little shot of booze.

If you're not as lazy as I am, then by all means, go ahead and use your favorite homemade cake and frosting recipes. The whole key to my recipe is the addition of alcohol by permeating the cupcake itself after baking and drizzling on a little of a complimentary liqueur on top of the frosting. Since I am the ultimate in lazy when it comes to cooking, I stick with mixed but I admire those of you who have the time and energy to bake from scratch. (Pssst ..... If you want to be really lazy, you can buy already made frosted cupcakes and skip the cone altogether!)

You can even add more booze by mixing some in with the frosting mixture and adding a little confectioner's sugar to thicken it up if necessary.

The nice thing about infusing the alcohol AFTER the baking process is 1.) None of the alcohol bakes off, making these a true cocktail cupcake and 2.) You don't have to do all the cupcakes in a batch the same flavors.

AND, yes, this method works for regular cupcakes and mini cupcakes as well, in fact, this method works for all cakes! 

INGREDIENTS
12 Flat Bottomed Ice Cream Cones
1 Yellow Cake Mix
1 Can Cream Cheese Frosting (or Homemade)
1 Cup of Chambord (Raspberry Liqueur)
1/2 Cup Fresh Raspberries, Cleaned and Dried
1/4 Cup of Orange Zest
Cake Decorations - Sprinkles, Etcetera


TOOLS:
Muffin Tin, Mixing Bowls, Measuring Cups & Spoons, Hand Mixer, Bamboo Skewers

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place your ice cream cones into the muffin tins and wrapped coiled aluminum around the base to keep them from tipping over while filling and baking.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare your cake mix as instructed on the package then fill the ice cream cups only half way.
Carefully place the cone laden muffin tin into the oven.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a bamboo skewer comes out clean.
Allow cupcakes to cool.
While cupcakes cool prepare your frosting by mixing in the orange zest.
Once the cupcakes are cool take the bamboo skewer and poke about 10 holes into each cupcake cone, being careful not to poke completely to the bottom of the cone.
Slowly and carefully drizzle the Chambord into the holes. Do not pour in too much or it will soak to the bottom and create a soggy cone!
Pipe the frosting onto your cupcakes, drizzle on a bit more of the Chambord onto the frosting, decorate with some fresh raspberries and cute cake decorations.

MORE IDEAS & TIPS!

Try other flavor combinations like:
Lemon cake with lemon zested frosting and drizzled with Limoncello.
Chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting and drizzled with a home made chocolate liqueur.
Orange cake with lime zested frosting and drizzled with Cointreau, Oranecello or Grand Marnier.
Add some chocolate chips to the cake batter or toss in some rainbow confetti cake decorations. You can also combine the fruits and chocolate or try spice cake with banana liqueur and some candied nuts on top. The possibilities are as endless as the kinds of cakes and liquors that are available.

You can even create some inspired by any one of my cocktail recipes here on MartiniDiva.com, just type your chosen flavors or ingredients into the search bar and see what comes up!

BTW, July is National Ice Cream Month!




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