When Kristen of Bakesweet contacted me about a recipe for cupcakes with grenadine, the first thing that came to mind was making a Shirley Temple cupcake. Since Valentine’s Day is almost here and grenadine is red, this also makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day cupcake!
This post has three main sections: About Shirley Temple, a Shirley Temple Drink Recipe, and a Shirley Temple Cupcake Recipe.
About Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple was America’s sweetheart. She was particularly well-known for two of her trademark songs, “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” and “Animal Crackers in My Soup.” According to the Wikipedia article on Shirley Temple:
“In 1936, Temple was paid an unprecedented amount of money for her work on Poor Little Rich Girl: $15,000 per week. It was during this period, in the depth of the Depression, when her films were seen as bringing hope and optimism, that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is reported to have proclaimed that ‘as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.'”
A little known fact about me is that as a child, random strangers and my grandparents would call me Shirley Temple.
Shirley’s the first picture. I’m the second one. Do you see a resemblance?
The way I see it:
- Her eyes are bigger.
- My cheeks are bigger.
- We both have curls.
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is reported to have proclaimed that, “as long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right,” and my mama is reported to have proclaimed that, “as long as our family has Stef, we will be all right.”
Shirley Temple Drink Recipe
Shirley Temple is a drink known as a kiddie cocktail. Shirley Temples are drinks that kids can order at a bar and feel all grown up. They make me think about the many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs I attended in the 80’s. They were definitely the young teen drink of choice.
To make a Shirley Temple:
1. Put some ice in a glass.
2. Fill the glass 3/4 full with lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
3. Top it off with grenadine. (I strongly recommend using homemade grenadine.)
4. Garnish with a cherry and/or some orange.
Little Known Fact About Shirley Temple the Drink
According to Wikipedia, “When Temple herself is asked for her opinion of these drinks named for her, she invariably replies that she dislikes them because they are too sweet, and that she does not gain earnings for the use of her name.”
Shirley Temple Cupcakes
Shirley Temple cupcakes are perfect Valentine’s Day cupcakes for your child sweetheart or really for anyone.
They taste so much like the drink that when offered a Shirley Temple drink with his cupcake, Groom 2.0 couldn’t finish the drink: “I feel like I’ve already had one.”
The cupcakes were a big hit with all tasters. They were drenched in grenadine, which made them a bit messy, but also moist and satisfying.
Shirley Temple Cupcake Recipe
Where to Buy Heart Sprinkles
I bought the heart sprinkles at Shop Bakers Nook.
1. On my first attempt at creating this recipe, I used lemon and lime extracts in the cake. The entire cake tasted like lemon and lime and the grenadine flavor couldn’t be tasted at all. In the future when I make my own recipes, I am going to add the extracts at the end, once I know what the flavor is without the extract and I can taste what is needed.
2. I learned this lesson a long time ago, but I was reminded yet again that I should follow this rule. On a new cupcake, always bake one test cupcake to see how much the cupcake will rise before filling all the liners.
Suggestions for Variations
1. The drink has a cherry on top. Cupcakes often have a cherry on top. If you make this and cherries are in season by you, go for it!
2. There is a lesser known kiddie cocktail known as the Roy Rogers which is made from Coke and Grenadine. A Roy Rogers cupcake would also be tasty. Simply replace the lemon-lime soda in the cake with Coke and use cola extract in the frosting instead of the lemon and lime extracts.
3. Be sure to check out Kristen’s take on this at Bakesweet.
This post is part of the Heart for Your Valentine blog event.