Hello! I’m Helen, I’m 27 and I live in Birmingham.

Helen, Primary school teacher in the week, cocktail fan at the weekend. Ok and some week nights too..I like to eat well, drink well and to attempt to recreate all the deliciousness at home!

A White Russian was one of the first drinks to get me into cocktails. According to my big book o’cocktails, a White Russian is one part vodka, one part Kahlua, one part cream but everyone has their own twist.

For the sponge I adapted one of my favourite cupcake recipes from

When I set about trying to recreate one of my favourite cocktails in a cupcake, I knew it needed a good kick of coffee but with a creamy flavour too. After a few experiments I settled on vanilla cupcakes brushed with vodka topped with Kahlua.

You will see that this recipe contains soda water. This ingredient has been a real game changer for me as it makes the sponge so light. Plus you have plenty left for a vodka lime and soda!

This is what you will need…

    • Sponge
    • Sponge Ingredients
    • 175g unsalted butter
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • 25g plain flour
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3 tbsp soda water
    • 3 tbsp vodka
    • Buttercream Ingredients
    • 300g icing sugar
    • 100g butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • Kahlua to taste
    • About 1 tbsp milk



1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4/Fan 170˚.

2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well.

3. Sieve the flours and baking powder together and fold into the butter mixture until well combined.

4. Stir in the vanilla and soda water.

5. Split evenly between 12 cupcake cases.Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until well risen and golden brown.

6. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then cool completely on a rack. Once totally cool, poke a few shallow holes in each cake and brush with the vodka!

7. Maybe make yourself a vodka and soda now. Or even a White Russian (more on that later).

8. Cream the butter for the buttercream. Slowly sift in the icing sugar. You can add milk if it isn’t coming together very well.

Mix in the vanilla and gradually add Kahlua to taste. I think I could have been a little braver with it, you want a good strong coffee taste. Pipe or spread buttercream onto the cupcakes and top with a sprinkle of chocolate powder.

I was really pleased with how these turned out, they are creamy but with a good alcohol kick. You could even experiment with putting Kahlua in the sponge.
Now, how do you make a White Russian? This is the recipe I use:



  • 25ml vodka
  • 25ml Kahlua
  • 50ml milk (or cream)




Pour milk into a well chilled glass. Add the alcohol ingredients. You can stir or leave them to sink in and look pretty! Finish with a dusting of chocolate powder.
I hope you have a go at making these yourself and perhaps have a go at making your own cocktail-inspired cupcakes.
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