18 Mar 2011

Mariane's Cranberry, Lime & Vodka Cupcakes (for 'Crawling at Night')

"Mariane built her own papery lantern of excuses, reasons ... words like, party, drinkies, fun-loving, good times, living life to the fullest ... she ignored the sounds or possibilities of problems, fucked up, dead end or alcoholism." (p.173)
"Mariane, a woman, who drinks too much, who leads an unexamined life, but who still seeks redemption."(p.201)

I wanted to make cupcakes for Mariane to illustrate her lost childhood and her need to do things right by her baby daughter, Daisy. The trouble is, Mariane can't get herself together. She loves to relax with a stiff vodka, cranberry and lime. She tells herself everything's ok, that there's time, but it may already be too late.

How would you interpret Crawling at Night by Nani Power? All cakes and comments welcome.

Cranberry, Lime & Vodka Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

100g butter
100g sugar
2 eggs
zest of 1/2 a lime
2 tbsp cranberry sauce or jelly
30g dried cranberries + extra for decoration if desired
100g self-raising flour (or 100g plain flour + 3tsp baking powder)
60ml cranberry vodka (or regular vodka)

For the drizzle icing:
150g icing sugar
juice of 1/2 a lime

Pre-heat oven to180*C
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well to combine. Stir in the lime zest, cranberry sauce and dried cranberries then fold in the flour.
Line a bun tray with paper liners and fill each 2/3 full. Bake for 12-15min.
Once out of the oven, poke holes in the cupcakes with a fork and pour a teaspoon of vodka into each one. Wait until cooled completely before making a thin paste with the icing sugar and lime juice. Drizzle icing over cupcakes and decorate with dried cranberries and lime zest.

Inspired by Cosmopolitan Magazine
Modified from Butcher, Baker
Recipe, Dessert , Cupcake, Cranberry, Lime, Vodka


  1. Such lovely, and delicious cupcakes. Thanks for accepting me on the friend request on Foodbuzz.
    I'm following your blog, and invite you to do the same!

  2. Thanks, Elisabeth. Have taken you up on your invite!

  3. Hi, cupcakes sound great. Cannot go wrong with Vodka. I'm adding this recipe to my collection. I'm following your blog, and I welcome you to stop by my blog. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Christine, I've had a peek at your blog. I like the sound of your Coconut Fried Chicken, it's going into my bookmarks. =)


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