Caramel Apple Cider Cupcakes with RumChata Frosting

Happy Fall Y’all!!  I have turned my favorite fall cocktail into a cupcake and let me tell you – the result was delicious!

A group of my friends and I had a fall themed painting party at one of those wine and canvas places that have become so popular over the last few years (I highly recommend Canvas Mixers is you are in the South Jersey area!).  I wanted to bring a pitcher of my Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail but you can only bring wine or beer to the venue, so I decided to bake my booze into some cupcakes!

These cupcakes contain all the ingredients from one of my most popular recipes on the blog: apple cider, Pinnacle Caramel Apple vodka, and RumChata.  Everyone at the painting party loved them, and we all had a great time creating our masterpieces!

Now, on to the recipe.  As I tend to do, I started off with a boxed cake mix, doctored it up a bit and topped the whole thing off with a made from scratch frosting.

Caramel Apple Cider Cupcakes with RumChata Frosting

Cupcake Ingredients and Directions:

1 box of white or yellow cake mix
Eggs and oil as called for in directions on box
Pinnacle Caramel Apple vodka, or Caramel vodka
Apple Cider

Combine mix, eggs and oil.  Omit the water as called for on the box and substitute equal parts apple cider and caramel apple vodka.  My mix called for one cup of water, so I substituted 1/2 cup apple cider and 1/2 cup vodka.  Bake according to package directions and let cool.

RumChata Frosting Ingredients and Directions:
(adapted from Butter Cream Frosting II on allrecipes.com)

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon RumChata

Cream butter and shortening in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Add all other ingredients and beat well.

Caramel Apple Cider Cupcakes with RumChata Frosting

I also added some orange gel color to some of the batter and decorated those one for Halloween. 🙂

Halloween Cupcakes

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Saturday Night Sips – Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cocktail

Given my obsession with pumpkin flavored booze (aka Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka), I am kind of embarrassed to say I had never tried Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie liqueur.  Until a few weeks ago, when my life changed forever…

Ok, so maybe it wasn’t that dramatic but this stuff is DAMN TASTY!  Definitely good enough to drink on its own, right out of the bottle a shot glass.  Which I did.  But then you know me, I had to mix it with some other stuff too.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cocktail - a creamy, drinkable version of the classic cookie, with an autumn inspired twist!

The inspiration for this drink was a recipe I saw (where else?) on Pinterest – White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  All of Sally’s recipes are completely drool-worthy, you should definitely check out her blog!  Back to the drink though…

I had the pumpkin pie liqueur, I had the lovely cinnamon infused Rumchata AND I had white chocolate liqueur.  Those cookies were just begging to be turned into a cocktail.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cocktail - a creamy, drinkable version of the classic cookie, with an autumn inspired twist!

Ingredients

2 oz Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie liqueur
1 oz white chocolate liqueur (I used Drillaud’s Creme de Cacao Blanc)
.5 oz Rumchata
3 oz milk (I used almond milk and it was delicious! I wouldn’t use half & half though – it would be way too heavy combined with the super creamy pumpkin pie liqueur.)
ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake until chilled, pour and serve!

 

This drink was every bit as delicious as I hoped it would be, and it is so easy to make.  The Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cocktail is definitely a drink to add to your rotation of fall cocktails.  I’m not the only one with a “rotation” of cocktails, right?  Just agree with me.  : )

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and an extra special thanks to Krissie and Barbara for so generously giving me a bottle of Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie!  You guys are awesome!  Cheers!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cocktail - a creamy, drinkable version of the classic cookie, with an autumn inspired twist!

 

 

Drink Your Pie ~ Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail

As some of you may remember, last fall I might have had a slight obsession with Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka.  I made a Caramel Pumpkin Pietini, a Kahlua Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini, a Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino, a Pumpkin Mudslide AND a Cran-Pumpkin Pop.  I was just a teensy bit out of control, but come on – pumpkin pie flavored vodka?  How could you not have tons of fun with that?

And now, Pinnacle has done it again with their new flavor – Caramel Apple.  I stalked the hell out of this stuff.  I checked the online product locator, I called all the local liquor stores to see if they had it, I’d casually “drop by” Total Wine & More every week hoping to run into it in the vodka aisle.  Then finally last week, there it was.

Two bottles sat on the shelf.  I bought one.  I should have bought them both.

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail ~ Shake Bake and Party

I had this recipe planned out in my mind as soon as the new Caramel Apple flavor was announced and just as I suspected the vodka, RumChata and apple cider all blend perfectly in this quintessentially Fall cocktail.  In a case of finding exactly what you need when you didn’t even know you needed it, I happened across a bag of Kraft Jet Puffed Caramel & Vanilla SwirlMallows on a toilet paper run to Dollar General.  I couldn’t have found a better garnish for this drink if I had been looking for one.

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail with Caramel & Vanilla Swirl Marshmallows ~ Shake Bake and Party

This is some seriously good stuff.  It doesn’t even taste like there is alcohol in it.  It tastes like liquid caramel apple pie with a little bit of vanilla ice cream mixed in.  Is there an award for Cocktail of the Year?  Cause this should win it.

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail - #pinnacle #rumchata #cider

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail

Ingredients

1 cup apple cider*
1 oz Pinnacle Caramel Apple vodka
1 oz RumChata
ice
* Since there is dairy in RumChata, it can curdle if combined with a liquid that has a high citric acid content.  Try to get apple cider that does not have citric acid listed as an ingredient.

Directions

Combine cider, vodka and RumChata with a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds and strain into a glass.  If you wish, garnish with Caramel & Vanilla SwirlMallows.  You could also rim the glass with caramel, cinnamon sugar, or both!

The cider does start to separate if you let the drink sit too long, so you might want to have a cocktail stirrer handy.  However, this cocktail is so absolutely delicious that it sitting too long really shouldn’t be an issue. 🙂

Caramel Apple Pie Cocktail ~ Shake Bake and Party

If you give this one a try (and believe me, you should!) stop back to let me know what you think!  And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and all that other good stuff!  The links are at the top right of my page!

Cheers!

~ Angela