I’ve been thinking about making this for ages and today I woke up and told myself: ” Today is the day! I’ll attempt to make Grappa cupcakes!”
If you are not familiar with it, Grappa is a kind of brandy distilled from the fermented residue of grapes after they have been pressed in winemaking. While the south of Italy is famous for its Limoncello, in the north we breath, live, drink Grappa! Ever since I can remember, we always had bottles of Grappa in the house, actually we always had at least 5 different flavours of Grappa in our home! Liquorice grappa, herb grappa, honey grappa, blueberry grappa etc.
Grappa is not something you would get drunk on as usually you’d drink just a small glass as a digestif after a meal or you’d add it to the expresso coffee, the so-called “Caffe corretto”.
Just recently when my mom came to visit us, she brought a bottle of Honey Grappa! Delicious, I call it the Ladies Grappa as normal Grappa is incredibly strong but this one has a hint of honey and it’s delicious!
So I thought, why not Honey Grappa cupcakes!?! At the beginning I baked a batch using honey as one of the ingredients but I didn’t quite like the taste, maybe because I used a citrus kind of honey, so I decided to make another batch without the honey.
AND I LOVED IT! Here is what I did.
For the cupcakes:
110gr of caster sugar
2 free range eggs
110 gr of butter softened at room temperature
1 tbs of vanilla extract
110gr of self raising flour
1-2 tbsp of milk
1 small glass of grappa (around 4tbsp or 30ml)
For the buttercream icing:
140 gr of butter
200gr of icing sugar
1 small glass of grappa (again around 4tbsp or 30ml – even more if you prefer a stronger taste)
Bake for 15/18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.
To prepare the buttercream icing, beat the butter until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of milk, then add grappa and more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Spoon the icing into a piping bag with the chosen nozzle and pipe the icing on the cupcakes. FAB!
I really hope you are going to try these Grappa cupcakes and becauese I loved them so much I’m thinking to make them again but this time they will have a heart filled with Grappa sauce! Cannot wait!
p.s. This post was made possible by my son who decided to have a 2+hours nap today!!! Yeaah!!