I had my first taste of fireball when I was 19, and it had a lasting impression. It’s a flavored whiskey liquor that tastes just like a liquid red hot. For some reason I’ve always associated fireball with the Fall, so it seemed like the right time to whip up some fireball-inspired cinnamon cupcakes! There’s fireball in both the cupcake batter, and the buttercream frosting, and the cupcakes are topped with a fireball pipette. The full recipe can be found below:
Fireball Cinnamon Cupcake Batter:
- 1 1/4 cup (162g) all purpose flour
- 1 cup (212g) sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk
- 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup fireball
Fireball Buttercream Frosting:
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp. fireball
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- optional: yellow and orange gel food coloring
Yield: 12-14 regular cupcakes, about 40 mini cupcakes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 17 minutes for regular cupcakes, 9-10 minutes for mini cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and place cupcake liners in baking pans.
Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and gently mix. Add the buttermilk, and gently stir until just combined. Next, add in the fireball, vanilla, and vegetable oil, and mix until the batter comes together. Next, mix in the egg until well combined.
Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 way full, and bake for 19 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Once cooled, poke holes into each cupcake using a fork, and drizzle fireball (1/2 – 1 tsp per cupcake) over each cupcake.
While the cupcakes bake and cool, prepare the vanilla frosting. Beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment, until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Add the fireball half way through. Once fully mixed, add in the vanilla and salt, and beat on medium low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached. If the frosting is too thick, add in some additional fireball (1 teaspoon at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (quarter of a cup at a time).
Color 1/2 of the frosting yellow, 1/4 orange, and leave 1/4 of the frosting uncolored. Place into piping bags fitted with a Wilton 1M tip (open star), and pipe swirls of each color onto the cupcakes. I matched the color pattern of candy corn, but you can pipe them however you want!!
The last step is to add a pipette of fireball into the side of each cupcake. Then it’s time to enjoy (responsibly!) 😛