Recipe courtesy of Angela Chandler

Bloody Mary Cupcakes, Cayenne Pepper Buttercream

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3/4 cup tomato juice

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons hot sauce

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon horseradish sauce

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

Cayenne Pepper Buttercream, recipe follows

Sprinkles or other favorite decorations, for topping

Cayenne Pepper Buttercream: 

3 2/3 cups powdered sugar

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon celery salt

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a regular cupcake or muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and cayenne pepper into a medium bowl. Set the bowl aside. In a small bowl, combine the tomato juice, 1/4 cup vodka, lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Set the bowl aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with the granulated sugar and horseradish sauce, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and then add 1 egg at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and add the flour and tomato juice mixtures, alternating between the two, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides and mix for 30 seconds. 
  3. Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter and bake until baked through, 15 to 18 minutes. 
  4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons vodka and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Use a pastry brush to brush the vodka mixture over the warm cupcakes. Cool the cupcakes completely, about 30 minutes.
  5. Put the Cayenne Pepper Buttercream into a pastry bag and cut 1/2-inch off the tip. Frost the cupcakes once they are completely cool. Top with your favorite sprinkles or decoration.

Cayenne Pepper Buttercream: 

Yield: about 2 cups.
  1. Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and celery salt together, about 1 minute. Then add the powdered sugar and milk, alternating between the two. Beat until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the lemon juice, vanilla and cayenne pepper. Mix until combined. Then beat the mixture on high until light and fluffy, 5 to 6 minutes.

Fudge Factor

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Train Frontman Pat Monahan's Dark Chocolate Obsession Feb 11, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

Train frontman Pat Monahan, an avid chocolate lover, shared with us his top five reasons for eating dark chocolate.

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.

Essentials: Chocolate Basics Sep 1, 2016

Satisfy that chocolate craving in your very own kitchen. All you need is baking chocolate and a little know-how. It also helps to …