Prepare for a fantastical journey of taste like none you have experienced before.
What The Fairy’s Friends Said About Absinthe Cupcakes
The Green Fairy’s Only Friend who Had Tried Absinthe Before: Liked the flavor but was disappointed that he didn’t get drunk from the cupcake. (You can definitely taste the absinthe, but sorry, they won’t make you drunk.)
My Pregnant Friend: “This is the closest I’m going to get to alcohol for a while!” She liked them, but thought the texture was too thick.
My Friend who Puts Much Thought Into His Reviews: “I love the texture. It’s very filling so I could stop at one, but it’s so good I could have two or three.”
Groom 2.0: Groom 2.0 was under the influence of the sick fairy so he couldn’t taste anything.
I loved these cupcakes. They had the texture of cornbread (you’ll see there is actually cornmeal in them) and the mild, yet definitive flavor of spice cake but with totally different spices than you would find in a typical spice cake. The topping is simply sugar and absinthe. Some thought there was too much sugar. Some thought there was too little sugar. Some wanted normal frosting. I thought the balance was just right.
I don’t like licorice nor did several of my tasters and we still enjoyed these absinthe cupcakes. People say absinthe tastes like licorice and it does have a small resemblance to it, but it is not the same taste.
The Absinthe Cupcake Recipe
I got the recipe from David Lebovitz. He made these as a cake and I converted them to cupcakes. I reprinted the recipe with my changes below.