Having purchased my cute miniature I had to come up with a way to use it. For those that haven’t tried it, Disaronno is a brand of amaretto, an almond liqueur. Instantly I started thinking about an almond based cupcake so adapted my orange and almond cupcake recipe by losing the orange and replacing it with liqueur soaked raisins. I do have a fondness for booze soaked raisins and see no reason why they should only feature in Christmas baking.
Mr CC always announces loudly, lest I forget his views on the matter, that the best frosting/buttercream is cream cheese based. Seriously. He says this whenever the subject comes up on cookery shows or in conversation. I get it: he likes cream cheese frosting. All the (not so) subliminal messages must have worked because what’s on this cupake? Cream cheese frosting! It works well here as it holds it own against the bold flavour of the cupcake whilst adding another flavour and texture. A lighter buttercream could get lost.
The cupcakes took on a little more colour than I’d normally like due to being overbaked by 3 minutes (which didn’t thankfully affect their taste or texture). How can I be so precise? Because I was hoovering and didn’t hear the timer; when I did it had been beeping for 3 minutes! That’ll teach me for trying to multitask. Kids – don’t be like me. Don’t hoover and bake; it isn’t worth it. This is actually one of the things Mr CC mocks me for over any other: refusing to accept that some items are designed to be mobile. Hence, our cordless phone sits in the base unit and is never anywhere near me when it rings and, why our kitchen timer – with a clip on the back so it can attach to anything – was in the kitchen beeping away while I was hoovering the bedroom. I’d like to say I’d learned my lesson, but.......
While the Disaronno is a dominant ingredient of the cupcake it’s worth noting that the entire 18 cucpakes use only one a miniature bottle, so if you’re not keen on alcohol please don’t be discouraged from this recipe. Also, there is only 1 tablespoon of alcohol that isn’t cooked.
The Disaronno plumped up the raisins and made them much juicier, almost like berries. One of my eaters, who didn’t know the method for making the cupcake, commented on this; I always think if someone notices without prompting then it must be true!
4 tablespoons amaretto liqueur – I used Disaronno, but you could use rum or brandy if you prefer
225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
225g golden caster sugar
190g plain flour
75g ground almonds
2 teaspoons baking powder
450g icing sugar
200g cream cheese – I used Philadelphia
1 tablespoon amaretto (Disaronno) liqueur