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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

IronCupcake_009: "Drink Cheerwine" Cupcakes

Iron Cupcake:Earth_009
Theme: Soda Pop
My entry: "Drink Cheerwine" Cupcakes
Voting begins: Tuesday, April 28 @ http://www.ironcupcakemilwaukee.com/ and will be open through Monday, May 4 at 12 noon Central.

As soon as I saw that this month's theme for Iron Cupcake:Earth was soda, I knew immediately what drink I was going to use! Since I was born, we've been going to my Grandma's house in North Carolina for every major holiday. While we're there, it's always a treat to get a bottle of Cheerwine. Until recently, Cheerwine was hard to find oustide of NC. Thankfully, now you can get it at most grocery stores in the South. For my Iron Cupcake entry, I went in the direction of red velvet. I wanted to emphasize the color of the soda, and I also needed a recipe that called for water. (Substituting water in recipes that call for milk can result in gummy cupcakes.) I adapted a recipe called "Wacky Cake" from the 1983 book, The Southern Heritage Cakes Cookbook. Instead of using cold water, I used cold Cheerwine. I also added a tablespoon of red gel food coloring. The flavor of Cheerwine wasn't really detectable in the cake, so I knew I had to bring it in the frosting! I made a 7-minute frosting, again subbing Cheerwine for the water. I also added a tiny bit of cherry and almond flavorings. Finally, some Cheerwine flavor! These cupcakes are 100% delicious. The cake part is moist and tender, and the frosting is so light and airy! I am very pleased with these "Drink Cheerwine" Cupcakes as my Iron Cupcake entry for this month!

Ingredients... I promise that's not a jar of blood! I'm thinking the original cake was called "Wacky Cake" because of the strange order the ingredients are mixed.
Finally, it looks like batter! Ready for the oven...
Making the frosting...
I'm pretty proud of these cuppies! ;)

Cheerwine Cupcakes
Makes 12-14 cupcakes

1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon red gel food coloring
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup cold Cheerwine soft drink

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add vanilla, vinegar, food coloring, and butter; beat well. Slowly stir in water; beat well.
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Finish cooling on wire racks.

Cheerwine Frosting
1 ½ cups sugar
2 egg whites
¾ cup Cheerwine soft drink
¼ teaspoon cherry flavoring (or 1 drop cherry candy flavoring)
¼ teaspoon almond flavoring

Combine sugar and egg whites in top of a double boiler; add water, and beat on low speed of electric mixer for 30 seconds or just until blended.
Place over boiling water; beat constantly on high speed of electric mixer about 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Remove from heat. Add flavorings, and beat 2 additional minutes or until frosting is thick enough to spread.

Overall rating on a scale of 1-5
Moistness: 5
Tenderness: 5
Frosting: 5

Prizes provided by Etsy artists:
A creation by FRUITFLYPIE
A pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES
CAKESPY, who is now going to be doing a piece for our winner each month until further notice!
SWEET CUPPIN CAKES CUPCAKERY will be tossing in sweet surprise.
Corporate prize providers:
HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers


Anonymous said...

It's called wacky cake because there is no egg in it-the vinegar subs for it.

Cool looking cupcakes!

Dani said...

they look awesome, and i am sure they taste even better.

good luck lady :)

Eliana said...

These look delish. I've never even heard of this soda before. Very creative of you.

GroovyGirl said...

they look very yummy

Chelsea said...

No Cheerwine in Arizona, so I'm trying these cupcakes with Dr. Pepper... hope they turn out half as good as your cupcakes look! :)

apparentlyjessy said...

Yum, they look tasty. I wonder if there is a Cheerwine equivalent in Australia...hmm.

Chelle said...

oh my gosh, i've been following your blog for months...I'm also from VA, but I've been living in S. Korea for over a year. I LOVE cheerwine and I can't wait to get home to try these out!

Ariel said...

I recently made my first 7 minute frosting, it ended up being kind of runny. Any tips?

Elyse said...

These cupcakes are frickin awesome! I went to UNC for undergrad, so I can really appreciate your use of Cheerwine. Cheerwine and moon pies. Classic! Great cupcakes; I'm super impressed!

Steph said...

The cupcakes look so good! Strange ordering drives me crazy.. haha.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Anonymous: Ohhh I just noticed it doesn't even have an egg! But I don't see how the vinegar is the substitute... It's there to react with the baking soda, as in most red velvet recipes that include eggs as well.

Anonymous said...

I'm from the deep south (MS) and never heard of Cheerwine. Barq's Rootbeer is our southern drink. Will this work?

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Barq's is my fave! Heck yeah it would work! I've even seen rootbeer flavoring at the grocery store. Add some of that for even more flavor! :)

Ingrid said...

I've never seen or heard of Cheerwine.

Your cupcakes look good.....good luck!

Danae said...

These look tasty! I know I've seen Cheerwine on vacations, but I'm not sure I've ever had it! Is it similar to anything else?

veggievixen said...

wow, that is amazing! i bet they taste super good. i mean, cheerwine is good.

CookiePie said...

YUM!!! I love those southern cakes made with "pop" -- delish!

Danae said...

Mmm. I may have to break my no drinking pop rule and have some Cheerwine next time I head down south! It sounds delicious.

Maria said...

What fun cupcakes!!

Erin said...

What a great idea! I love Cheerwine!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

They look so good and I love the name "Wacky cupcakes". And I see you're working on a red velvet cheesecake? Sounds wonderful! :)

Hannah said...

Since I live pretty close to the north carolina line, I totally LOVE cheerwine. Those cupcakes look so good!

dessertobsessed said...

what a cool flavor! I've never had cheerwine before, but those cupcakes look gorgeously yummy!!

thereddeer said...

Good job, and good luck!

CB said...

Let’s trade! One of my rum and cokes for one of your cheerwine cupcakes! Deal? :)

lyndsay said...

hee hee! cheerwine. love it. these look great!!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Awesome, never heard of cheerwine, but these sound delicious. Good luck.

Danae said...

Voted for you in the IronCupcakeEarth! Good Luck!

Katie said...

My hubby is from NC and he LOVES Cheerwine. He's not much of a cake eater but I bet her would eat these!

Anonymous said...

Cheerwine tastes like a Cherry Coke or Cherry Pepsi but with more cherry flavor. When baking, it is best to use the Cheerwine Syrup used to make the Pop.
Cheerwine was invented in Salisbury, NC and is the Corporate Headquarters. The Syrup is a secret recipe but available online at: www.cheerwine corp.com
or just Google "Cheerwine"

amp517 said...

I did not like this recipe. It has zero cheerwine flavor in the cake. It is red velvet/chocolate cake. And all my cupcakes sunk in the middle and it was very crumbly, almost like it was too moist. And my batter was not a bright red like in these pictures. I will continue looking for a cheerwine recipe.

Jessy said...

I'll be making a version of your cupcakes this weekend. I'm thinking a Cheerwine Cream Cheese frosting will do the trick! :)
Thanks for the recipe. This is the first "from scratch" recipe I could find for cheerwine cupcakes. Kudos to you! :)

Anonymous said...

ok...so i've made these twice and they don't rise very high...just kinda flat. bought brand new vinegar, baking soda and cheerwine. My batter looks like yours and the cupcakes taste great...just not rounded on the top! Any suggestions??

Tera Bare said...

Found these on Pinterest today! I'm from Salisbury, NC, home of Cheerwine! I can't wait to try these!