Cupcakes and Cocktails Class


What type of class?! Cupcakes and cocktails! Yes, this is actually a class taught at the Boston Continuing Adult Education Center.


I’ve attended photography and cooking class at BCAE before and I saw that the Blog and Tweet group was invited and I signed up quickly! The BCAE has 2 kitchens and we had the front kitchen for this class. Untitled

The class is part of a series and was taught by Dustin Rennells and we made 3 types of cupcakes that were complimented by 3 cocktails that we also made!


We took turns helping out at the front. Untitled

I’ve baked hundreds of cupcakes before, but I still learned a lot of things. One tip was to crack your egg into a small, clear cup so that you can look around the glass, from the top, and up through the bottom to look for shells or anything else that you might not be able to see until you mixed into the rest of the batter.

We also took turns scooping the cupcakes using ice cream scoops. I also learned that I filled my cupcakes up too much.

Another tip was to only cook for about 2/3 of the time said, check on it, and to push the top and if it springs up, it’s done, if not, 2 more minutes. Also, don’t leave the cupcakes in the metal tins after you remove from the oven. It will continue to cook and you don’t want over cooked cupcakes!


Our first cupcake was lemon (from a box), but we added a lot of goodies to it. The cocktail was called cakeshot frosting included pineapple juice and vodka, with whipped cream and sprinkles on top!


Another thing we did was cover the cupcakes with plastic wrap after we took them from the oven. It was to keep them moist.

After it cooled, we added a jello mixture wash to the top.

We had a great team that iced the lemon cupcakes with a strawberry whipped cream frosting.Untitled

The end result:

We then learned how to make sangria. I want to make this recipe this summer!

And the cupcake was chocolate and red wine with fruit compote

Jess worked on the compote!

The most difficult part for me is icing/decorating the cupcakes. I did learn a tip about how to load the pastry bag with icing- use the food processor attachment to help hold it up. I took the lead on piping the cupcakes and hardly anyone else joined me, but I was pretty impressed with how they turned out.

I’m not saying which were mine!

The last cupcake was as a brandied peach cupcake and the drink was an apple cider hot toddy and it was really good.

I had such a great evening, with a great group of ladies and Dustin the instructor. We got to take home the cupcakes and were given some spices to take home from Victoria.  They smelled wonderful!


Check out the BCAE for upcoming Cupcakes and Cocktails classes, along with other topics such as Foreign Language, Photography, and Writing.


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4 Responses to Cupcakes and Cocktails Class

  1. Marti says:

    Great, now I have a craving for cupcakes and cocktails! I could run out and get some cupcake mix but thanks to the blue laws here in the south, there is no alcohol available until tomorrow! ;) Looks like you all have a lot of fun though! :)

  2. Marti says:

    Oops, *had a lot of fun!

  3. pam says:

    YOu know I am not much on drinking, but I would have tried everything. They all looked so pretty & yummy. The alcohol sounded pretty good also. Guess I will need to fix those brownies after all. Not really a good idea as there is no one to help me eat them. Love you honey

  4. Soni says:

    I’m impressed!! The cupcakes looked wonderful & I wish I could have one!!!
    I learned ‘stuff’ too. I also fill my cupcakes too much and always left them in the tin until they were room temperature. Thanks for the tips!!!
    Take care & stay warm!!

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