Orange Glazed Bourbon Soaked Fruitcake Cupcakes: Vanilla cupcakes filled with 48 hour bourbon soaked candied fruit and topped with an orange fondant glaze.
I avoided fruitcake for years.
Until my aunt while living in Tennessee sent us a Jack Daniels Tipsy Cake.
I reluctantly tried a piece and was hooked.
From then on I didn’t hide from the glowing neon fruit that was studded in cake.
While I do enjoy fruitcake it can sometimes be rather heavy.
Especially the ones that have been soaked and soaked because the booze settles in there real good. 🙂
I wanted to do fruitcake but in a lighter way.
So I soaked the candied fruit in bourbon for 48 hours.
You don’t need it that long but I ran out of time and made the cupcakes later.
As far as candied fruit is concerned you can use whatever fruit you like.
In my case, I used red and green candied cherries, candied pineapple, candied lemon peel, and candied orange peel.
Feel free to use what are your favorite candied fruits.
Also, if you are a nut a fan, feel free to add a cup of chopped nuts to these as well.
These are a fun cupcake to take to potluck.
Though do warn others that the booze does not bake off.
And fruit that has been soaked in bourbon for a day or two tends to taste like bourbon FYI. 🙂
I used icing instead of frosting for these.
So technically you could even maybe call them muffins instead of cupcakes.
But if you are eating these for breakfast you might get a few looks. 😛