Amaretto Sour Cupcakes by Julie Vision in the Kitchen

Amaretto Sour Cupcakes - The Recipe (Yield 24 standard cupcakes or 4 dozen minis)

Adapted from the Magnolia Vanilla Cupcake recipe posted on the Food Network.

Cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups white sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup amaretto

Icing:

1/2 cup butter or shortening (I used shortening)

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

3 cups powered sugar

3 tablespoons sweet-and-sour mix

1 teaspoon amaretto

(optional - maraschino cherries as garnish)

Step #1 - Preheat the over to 350* F.

Step #2 - In a small bowl, combine both flours.

Step #3- In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream the butter until it is smooth. Then add in the sugar and beat until it is fluffy (about 3 minutes).

Step #4 - Add the eggs to the sugar/butter mixture, one at a time, beating well after each egg.

Step #5- Mix together the rum and the milk. I just mix them right in my measuring cup to avoid creating extra dishes.

Step #6 - Add the four mixture and the milk/rum mixture to the egg/butter/sugar mixture. Alternate adding four with adding liquid, starting and ending with the flour.  Make sure you mix it thoroughly; don't leave lumps.

Step #7 -Spoon batter into cupcake pans lined with papers. Fill cups about 3/4 of the way full.

Step #8 - Bake at 350*F. For minis, bake for 7-10 minutes; for standard sized cupcakes, bake 17-20 minutes. Do not let these get too brown; remove them from the oven when they are set and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove them from the baking pan as soon as they are cool enough to handle. Finish cooling on a wire rack. I recommend covering them with wax paper and/or a tea towel while they cool. This helps prevent them from drying out.

For the Icing:

Mix all ingredients with a mixer until well combined.. If you are piping the icing onto the cupcakes as I did in the pictures, you may want to double the batch. If you are spreading it on with a knife, this should be plenty to frost the whole batch. The flavor of the maraschino cherries is a really good compliment to these cupcakes. If you use them, drain them thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel before putting them on top of the cupcakes. For the minis, I cut the cherries in half before putting them on top.