4 Booze-Infused Miami Cupcake Shops, 1 DIY Recipe

A cocktail (or two) in place of a meal. A midnight dash to the fridge to satisfy a sudden sugary craving. These are our confessions, our guilty pleasures, our sweet-tooth secrets. In our flavorful fantasies, alcoholic concoctions could — and would — be fused with our late-night cake confections.
News flash, Miami: These don't need to be fantasies any longer. Cupcake companies across Miami are baking up alcohol-infused sweet treats daily. From brewed batters to rum-rocking cocktail classics, check out these four Miami companies with the best booze-based cupcakes. If you're feeling a little Martha Stewart-esque, we've even nabbed a simple how-to from one of our four featured bakeries.
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Clarabelle's Cupcakes & Other Creations

Clarabelle's is making life easier for the lactose intolerant, baking all its confections without dairy and with a kosher-conscious mind. Clarabelle's creations are mobile, as well, spreading simplistic joys around Miami in its all-pink food truck. To ante up its liquor labels, the shop occasionally throws a Friday "Cupcake Happy Hour" with discounts on its cocktail-inspired selections. We don't know about you, but we'd skip the post-work bar scene for those spiked-sugar bites.

Cupcake: Mint Mojito
Alcohol of Choice: Bacardi Rum
Makeup: That classic mix of tingly mint and sparkling water gets a twist à la lime-rum frosting.
Price tag: Minis are $1 each, and large size is $2.50.

9800 SW 77th Ave. Miami, 305-270-5600.

Photo: Courtesy of Clarabelle's Cupcakes & Other Creations
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2 Girls and A Cupcake

Perhaps you've seen owners and besties Evelyn Dieppa and Lorena Castro on Food Network's Cupcake Wars. These Hialeah natives have made a name for themselves by crafting cupcakes with an only-in-Miami vibe. Their signature Oye Como Va dons a sweet guava filling with cream-cheese frosting, while the Kiss Me I'm Cuban takes coconut and mango to an other-world level. When we asked the fab twosome to show us how it's done, they agreed: Check out the recipe for their sour-meets-sweet Lemon Drop.

Cupcake: Lemon Drop
Alcohol of Choice: Vodka
Makeup: You're in luck, because we've got the three-part recipe!
Price Tag: Minis are $1.10, regular size is $2.15, and jumbo size versions are $3.
Makes: 18 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cupcake Batter:
• 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
• 2 cups sugar
• 4 large eggs, at room temperature
• 1 cup milk
• 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tbsp of vodka
• 1 tsp baking powder

Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda
In a separate small bowl, combine eggs (beating well after each addition), milk, vodka, and lemon juice.
In a large bowl, using the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the liquid ingredients. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
Cool the cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

Lemon Drop Shot
                                   • 1/4 part sugar
• 1/4 part lemon juice
• 1 tbs of vodka
Combine sugar, lemon juice, and vodka (add more vodka if necessary!) in a heavy-bottom pan over low heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. After cakes have cooled for 10 minutes, spoon the syrup over the tops of the cupcakes, about a tablespoon of syrup per cake. Then, allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Makes enough frosting for 2 dozen cupcakes.
• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
• 6 to 8 cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tbsps of lemon juice

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the sugar, one cup at a time, and lemon juice. Beat well after each addition, until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of yellow coloring and mix!


Photo: Courtesy of 2 Girls and A Cupcake
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Sweetness Bake Shop

This South Miami den of delights won the New Times' coveted Best Bakery award just last year. Opting to use only the finest ingredients, Sweetness has quickly become one of the top go-tos for indulgent bits and bites. The shop also launched South Florida's first dessert truck, Sugar Rush, whose stop-by-stop action can be monitored via social media.

Cupcake: Beer & Pretzel
Alcohol of Choice: Yeungling Black & Tan
Makeup: A crunchy pretzel sets the foundation, followed by a Yeungling Black & Tan chocolate cake, Black & Tan buttercream frosting, and a chocolate covered pretzel to garnish.
Price tag: $1.25 each for minis, and $2.50 each for regular size.

9549 S.W. 72nd St., Miami, 305-271-7791.

Photo: Courtesy of Sweetness
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Sweet and Tipsy

Alas, we have a company dedicated solely to alcoholic cupcakes. Ladies and gents, meet Sweet & Tipsy, the product of one-woman show, Veronica Hurtado. Hurtado launched the business concept back in January and has gained tremendous business steam thanks to her covetable "cupcakes with a kick." Did we mention how much we love the company name?

Cupcake: Lazy Niña Colada
Alcohol of Choice: Malibu Rum
Makeup: A tangy pineapple cake is infused with Malibu Rum, topped with coconut cream cheese frosting, toasted coconut, and fresh pineapple slices.
Price Tag: Tipsy is currently catering-only, so taste-seekers must order a minimum of one-dozen mini-cupcakes at $20 per box.