tara's main love in life is jeremiah weed's sweet tea vodka. this stuff is delicious, if you've never had it you need to change that immediately. and this from someone who doesn't even like sweet tea. but in vodka form it's perfect and makes delicious alcoholic arnold palmers. if you didn't know, those are iced tea and lemonade.
which i obviously decided to make into delicious, delicious cupcakes. the tangy lemon cake pairs perfectly with the sweet frosting. beware - you cannot taste the alcohol in this frosting, no matter how much you add. you just taste sweet tea.
for the cake - beat 1/3 cup room temperature butter with with 1 and 1/3 cups sugar. slowly beat in (in this order): 3 eggs, 1/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 and 1/4 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 and 1/4 cups buttermilk. pour into cupcake tin and bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes (check after 18 minutes. they are done just when a toothpick comes out clean, bake them for the least amount of time possible - that's how cake stays soft.)
better plan? (if you ask me) buy a box of lemon cake mix, mix it with a 12 ounce can of sprite and bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. you're welcome.
for the frosting - beat 1/3 cup of room temperature butter until it's smooth and fluffy. slowly add in 1 to 2 cups of powdered sugar and then just over 1/3 cup of sweet tea vodka. and another cup or two of powdered sugar and beat til it's smooth and fluffy again. more vodka = thinner frosting, more powdered sugar = thicker frosting.
frost and enjoy!
sorry that taking anything but iphone photos seemed like a lot of work at the time. next time the photos will be prettier.