The concept of baking with soda pop was recommended to me by a house guest I had recently. He reminisced about the 7-Up cake his mother used to make for him. I’m not sure why I hadn’t considered baking with pop before – I certainly cook with it (slow cooker pork, anyone?), and I’ve baked sparkling wine cupcakes for New Years. So naturally I had to grab my favorite carbonated beverage and give it a whirl.
Ginger ale always feels like a treat for me. Growing up, the only time I would ever get it was on an airplane (read: family vacation)… so my brain likes to associate it with feelings of excitement and joy. Cut to a discovery of a recipe posted by SprinkleBakes, one of my favorite baking blogs. I took her base cupcake recipe and made a few minor alterations.
I did make her frosting, but didn’t care for it, and ended up making my own ginger buttercream that I felt gave these cupcakes a bit more of a kick that they needed. To top them off, I took some modeling chocolate and made some gold coins from the game, Lords of Waterdeep.