Monday, March 24, 2014

Grape Jello Shot Cupcakes

Once in a blue (purple?) moon I will have an idea for this blog that turns out exactly how I envisioned it.

These gorgeous cupcakes are one of them.

For a long time now I've wanted to make a boozy cupcake. For these, I used the "poke cake" method.

I baked some white cake cupcakes and then poked holes in the middle with a fork after they cooled and then poured some boozy jello (cake flavored vodka and grape jello) on top.

The jello hardens when you refrigerate them and voilĂ , you have a jello shot cupcake!

Ever better is the boozy jello cube on top! I was skeptical at first but the cubes stick perfectly on the frosting if you pile it high enough to give them a resting place.

They also won't melt if you keep them in the fridge until serving time. (That's very important)

I think the cubes look like little jewels on top. So pretty.

P.S. I'm guilty. I use boxed cake. I'm not a big baker and I've got a 10 month old :) It works for me. 

Grape Jello Shot Cupcakes (Make one day ahead of time, serves about 2 dozen with extra jello shot cubes)
1 box white cake
4 egg whites
1 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil

Boozy Jello for Cake
1 box grape jello
1 cup cake flavored vodka
1 cup water

Frosting and Boozy Jello Cube
2 packages of cream cheese
2 cups of confectioners (powdered sugar)
1/2 stick of butter
Purple food coloring (add little by little until you get your desired color. I like to use Wilton's gel icing colors) 1 box grape jello
1 cup cake flavored vodka
1 cup water
2 packets Knox gelatin

1. Bake your white cupcakes according to the instructions on the box. When the cupcakes have cooled poke holes in the center with a fork. Set aside.

2. In a medium sized sauce add one cup of water to the pan and the contents of one box of grape jello. Stir until combined. Turn on medium to high heat and  let your mixture come to a simmer. Turn off heat and add 1 cup of cold vodka to the jello mixture.

3. Let your jello come to room temperature and then carefully spoon it on top of your cupcakes. Take your cupcakes out of the muffin/cupcake pan so they don't sit and harden on any jello that is resting on the bottom. (I just put them on a baking sheet after)

4. Refrigerate for an hour or until jello inside the cupcake firms up. 

5. Prepare your jello shot cubes for the tops of your cupcakes. In a medium sized sauce pan add one cup of water and the contents of one box of grape jello. Stir until combined.  Sprinkle both of your packets of Knox on top. Let it sit for one minute to activate. Turn on medium to high heat and let your mixture come to a simmer. Turn off heat and add 1 cup of cold vodka to the jello mixture. Pour this mixture into a loaf pan or a cake pan. Refrigerate for several hours.


6. Mix your cream cheese, sugar, and butter until smooth. Add your food coloring (a small amount goes a long way) slowly until you get the color desired.  Top your cupcakes with the frosting. Pile it high so the jello has a resting place.

7. Run a butter knife along the edges of the pan holding your grape for the topping cubes. Carefully remove it from the pan. Cut the jello into squares.

8. Top with squares close to serving time. Keep refrigerated.

TIP: If you have left over squares serve them on a platter next to the cupcakes for an extra boozy treat!


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    1. Aren't they!? I love the bright color. Springy!

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    1. I love you for loving these Claire :) Thanks for the feedback on the Facebook post. I am always afraid when I ask a question no one will answer!

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  4. Yep, just had TWO in the office today thanks to you and Nick! Delish :)

    1. Chamari! Glad you liked them! I always think it's crazy that Nick can bring my boozy treats to his office. Lol. So happy they don't go to waste. Hope they didn't melt by the time you guys were able to eat them. :)

  5. These are totally cool. Purple is my favorite color so I have to try these. Booze and purple. What more do I need? :-D

  6. WOW! Love the jeweled jello cube on top. These are gorgeous and completely adaptable for any flavor!

  7. Can you freeze these cupcakes (minus the jello cube)?

  8. These look delish. So pretty and boozy. LOVE.

  9. I made these last weekend!

    My Jell-O shots aren't as cute and little as yours are, but they were tasty. :0) Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Sarah! I love your cupcakes. I love the color. Some people just aren't cool enough to appreciate something like a jello shot cupcake :)


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