Lauren Cochrane
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7 Beverage Inspired Cupcakes ...

7 Beverage Inspired Cupcakes ...

For all of you cupcake addicts out there looking for some new recipes, why not explore the quirky and delicious world of beverage inspired cupcakes? Any great baker can draw inspiration from everything and anything for a new recipe! So why not look closer at your sodas, liquors, and even coffees for some new, unique cupcake ideas! To get you started, here are 7 beverage inspired cupcakes that are just waiting for you to mix, bake, and decorate them.

1. Mountain Dew Cupcakes


These beverage inspired cupcakes taste just like Mountain Dew! So rich and citrusy, you will find yourself in a pure sugar-coma in the way only a Mountain Dew soda can do it. These cupcakes are super easy to make, tasty, and are a great treat for game and movie nights alike!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
zest from half of a lemon
zest from one lime
2 eggs
1-1/3 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup Mountain Dew
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp lime juice
3/4 tsp orange extract

Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with baking cups.
• In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add lemon and lime zest, then add eggs, one at a time.

• In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large cup, stir together Mountain Dew, lemon juice, lime juice, and orange extract.

• Add half of the flour mixture to the batter. Stir in the Mountain Dew liquid, and finish off with the rest of the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

• Fill each baking cup 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes rest in pan for a few minutes before removing. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Mountain Dew Buttercream Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp Mountain Dew
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp orange juice
zest from half of a lemon
zest from one lime
light green food coloring

Directions:
• Cream together butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar.
• Add Mountain Dew, lemon juice, lime juice, orange extract, and zests.
• Add remaining two cups of sugar (you can add more or less depending on your desired consistency). Stir in one or two drops of green food coloring, making sure the dye is fully incorporated before frosting.

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