Pink Grapefruit Daiquiri Cupcakes

In honor of the upcoming release of our first cookbook, “The Spirited Baker”, here is one of the recipes from the book! Between the flavor and the color, I think these would be particularly fun for summer bridal showers, bachelorette parties, or just “Girls Night Out”


Dry Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

Wet Ingredients:
4 eggs
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
Zest of 1 pink grapefruit
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup butter, melted
drop or two of pink/red food coloring (optional)


1 recipe Swiss Meringue Buttercream
Splash of rum
Splash of pink grapefruit juice
Zest of 1 pink grapefruit

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 regular muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In bowl of stand mixer, stir together dry ingredients.

Add eggs to dry ingredients, beat until mixture is completely incorporated and smooth.

With mixer running on low speed, slowly add rum, grapefruit juice, zest, and vanilla. Turn speed up a little, mix until well incorporated and smooth.

Carefully add melted butter, and food coloring if you are using it. Continue running the mixer until the butter is completely incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl after a minute or so. Batter should be very smooth.

Pour into prepared cupcake pans – I like to use an icecream or cookie scoop.

Bake until fully golden and tester comes out clean and cake springs back – about 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Frosting instructions

Prepare Swiss Meringue Buttercream, adding rum, grapefruit juice, and zest AFTER the butter has been beat in, and the buttercream has ‘come together’.

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