Saturday, January 24, 2009

Iron Cupcake – Wine Challenge!

Wine and strawberries, champagne and chocolate, so many possibilities for this month's Iron Cupcake Challenge!

For my cupcake, I decided to use my new favorite fruit, Razzcherries, and pair it with a sweet Moscato. I boozed it up a little more by topping my cuppies with a brandy infused fluffy buttercream. And finally, they are sprinkled with walnut dust and topped with a whole razzcherry.

If you remember, razzcherries are tart cherries infused with raspberry concentrate and then dehydrated. And they taste phenomenal! I have been dying to use them in a baked treat. I know they would be especially delicious with chocolate cake, but I wanted you to be able to see them so I made white cake. I think chopping them released their flavor even more. I added them to the Golden Vanilla Cupcake recipe from VCTOTW. The wine adds a rich moistness to the cakes, and the brandy was a nice extra zip in the frosting. They turned out fantastic!



Voting begins Thursday, January 29 at 8 p.m. at NO ONE PUTS CUPCAKE IN A CORNER and will be open through Wednesday, February 4 at 12 noon. The winner will be posted the night of February 4 before 11:59 p.m. You can join the challenge anytime at IronCupcake:Earth cuphub at http://ironcupcake.blogspot.com.
This month’s winner will receive prizes from the following sponsors: Dogbone Art, Cakespy, a pair of cupcake earrings from Lots of Sprinkles, Sweet Cuppin Cakes Bakery and Cupcakery Supply, Head Chefs by Fiesta Products, Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, Jessie Steele Aprons, Cupcake Courier, Taste of Home books, and a Cupcake Tee from UPWITHCUPCAKES.COM. Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers.
This is always a such fun and delicious challenge!

24 comments:

Andrea said...

I would never dream of entering a cupcake challenge — just baking them is challenge enough for me. But your creation looks perfect. You have my vote!

VeggieGirl said...

Razcherries?!?!??! Incredible cupcake addition!!

Laura said...

Wow, they look yummy!
I've never seen razzcherries, I hope I can find some to try :)

Gina said...

Oh my goodness, that is one beautiful cupcake!!

Ricki said...

Saw this challenge and would love to enter, but must finish up with other projects first--next month! Yours look great, though, and love the flavor choices. Gotta find me some razzcherries!

Amey said...

hmmmm, those razzcherries strike again! I"m totally impressed with your Iron Cupcake dedication. These look really great. Nice idea to go with something on the lighter side.

allularpunk said...

looks yummy!

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River said...

What a beautiful cupcake! Your Iron Cupcake and Daring Bakers challenges are always so impressive!

You have my vote, I'll write a note on my calendar so I don't forget!

Edie said...

Diann - you are so creative! I would never have thought to add a little brandy to my frosting. It's so European. I love it!

I'll have to make a note to vote on the 29th too.

Veg-a-Nut said...

YOu have my vote for sure!!!

Emmie said...

Oh wow. That looks absolutely delicious. I've never heard of razzcheries before but now I want them!

miss v said...

gorgeous! razz-cherrilicious!

shellyfish said...

Oh Diann, these sound just amazing! I 'm sure they are as delicious as they are beautiful!

Melody Polakow said...

Those look perfect.

Lovliebutterfly said...

What a wonderful cupcake! Awesome!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Your icing is PERFECT! I'm so impressed!

Hannah said...

I must say, I've never had a razzcherry, but they sound flavorful and sweet, so they must not be too bad! ;)

Lovely cupcakes- Good luck on the contest.

celine said...

raspberry concentrate? can't go wrong with that!

Vegetation said...

Yum, yum and yu~um!!!

jessy said...

razzcherries sound awesome, and so does your delicious boozy cupcake! mmmmmmmm! it looks so gooooood! you've got my vote, Diann!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

That cupcake is a heartbreaker.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Love the razzcherries!! Your cupcakes always sound and look so delicious.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

what beautiful presentation!