Then I started thinking about creating some new cupcake flavors and frostings to experiment with for a fundrasing event for a group of Pub Crawlers... Then it hit me:
Cranberries + Vodka+ Frosting = Cranberry-Vodka Frosting!!!
0. 25 cup Dried Cranberries or Canned Cranberry Sauce (Ocean Spray is good for either)
0. 25 cup Your Favorite Vodka (I used Stoli)
0. 25 cup Vegetable Spread or baking sticks
0. 25 cup Butter ( replace with butter substitute for a vegan recipe)
2 cups Confectioners Sugar (more as needed)
Step 1: Soak cranberries in the vodka (the longer the better!!!) and blend, or you can use Cranberry Sauce in the can smashed and mixed with Vodka. You should get a nice thick puree. If the vodka did not completely soak into the cranberries add more cranberries to make it less runny.
Step 2: Beat butter, shortening and blended cranberries until smooth and then add sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you obtain your desired sweetness and consistency. Adding more powered sugar will help if your initial puree was too runny.
Note: Leaving off the alcohol makes and awesome Cranberry Buttercream!
The awesome berry taste and natural pink color this frosting makes requires little garnishing... A vodka soaked cranberry to top a Cranberry-Vodka Cupcake!