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Spice Cupcakes with a Candy Center: Meet the Barrister

These spice cupcakes were inspired by Chris Reed (no, this cupcake is not designed to look like him). I interviewed Chris about his Reed’s natural sodas and he mentioned that one of his favorite party drinks was a float with his Spiced Apple Brew and some vanilla ice cream (he’s clearly a party animal).

I decided to make spiced cupcakes that contain Reed’s Spiced Apple Brew and to perch some vanilla bean buttercream frosting on top (I got the word “perch” from a comment left here by [Eating Club] Vancouver – I think it sounds so cute!).

I was originally planning on using my sticky candy as a topper for the spice cupcakes. However, the cupcakes were a wee bit on the dry side and using the candy as a filling instead of a topper completely solved that problem.

The cupcake itself was not exceptional. However, everyone loved the filling. As taster Ran (my single friend who I have dubbed Groom 2.5) noted, “It was definitely a happy ending when you reached that surprise in the center.”

The Spice Cupcake Recipe

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Spice Cupcakes with a Candy Center

I used some Spiced Apple Brew to make an amazing filling bomb for regular 'ol spice cake. It's a great surprise in the middle!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider cupcakes, spice cake recipe, spice cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 110kcal


  • 1 C Reed’s Spiced Apple Brew if you can’t find this product, you could use a Ginger Ale
  • 1 t apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/3 C applesauce
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t fresh ginger chopped very finely
  • 1 1/3 C flour
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 12 sticky candies make them yourself or use a store-bought sticky caramel candy


  • Combine the soda and the vinegar.
  • Add in the sugar and the applesauce and mix well.
  • Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  • Add in the ginger, flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix until just incorporated.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  • Drop a candy into each liner.
  • Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when touched.


Frost the spice cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream frosting (see bottom of this post).


Nutrition Facts
Spice Cupcakes with a Candy Center
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110
% Daily Value*
Sodium 80mg3%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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The Frosting

I frosted the spice cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream frosting. This frosting tastes just like vanilla ice cream. I love it!

I frosted some spice cupcakes completely like you see above. However, I chose to frost other cupcakes (where I had used bigger pieces of sticky candy) like barristers (as you see at the very top of this post). I’m not going to explain what the barrister cupcake is sitting on. See if you can figure it out.

Where Have I Been?

I just returned from a wedding in Jackson Hole. Guess what? There were cupcakes! I didn’t make them, but I definitely ate some!

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15 comments on “Spice Cupcakes with a Candy Center: Meet the Barrister”

  1. Jackson Hole is awesome! I spent many a Fourth of Julys there – I love the antler archway.

  2. Stefsays:

    Susan – Cool! It’s so amazing there!

  3. Anonymoussays:

    I once met a guy named Jackson.

    I think you know where this is going.

  4. Off topic, I know, but “Meet the Barrister” sounds like an awful British action movie from the 80s staring Michael Caine. That would be his catch phrase before dispensing justice to some criminal … “time to meet the barrister!”

    Does this relate to cupcakes? Of course not! But I did like this batch, though not as much as the rhubarb ones.

    Still single,
    Groom 2.5

  5. ha these look really funny. They loog good too though wish i had one right noe :-)

  6. Linasays:

    hahah I love that funny little face!

  7. Gracesays:

    your barrister’s a stud. not quite a stud muffin, but almost. :)

  8. Maggiesays:

    I love the one with the face! I’ve never had the apple cider but I love Reed’s extra spicy ginger beer. I also did a spin on your apricot cupcakes just today and really liked them.

  9. I love Jackson Hole!

    These cupcakes look very autumnal. I love the idea of a candy surprise in the middle.

  10. Sophiesays:

    That’s awesome!!! That’s actually one of my favorite drinks, I just had some last week with my veggie pizza :). What a cool way to add it to a cupcake recipe. Wow, I know these taste good!

  11. Thanks for the shout-out. Now, I’m sitting so proudly atop my perch, feeling all literary and such. ;)

  12. Ivysays:

    For the life of me I can’t figure out what that text under the cupcake says. Haha!

    I love how you decorated this cupcake-Very unique.

  13. Nataliesays:

    Aw the little face is so cute hehe!

  14. Stefsays:

    Anon – :)
    Groom 2.5 – What if the whole movie was animated with cupcakes! I should make a cupcake short!
    Snooky – I do too! I better bake some cupcakes today!
    Lina – Thanks!!
    Grace – Ha! I love it! He is totally a stud muffin.
    Maggie – You should definitely give the apple brew a shot!
    Kamiele – Yeah, I’m definitely on a summer autumn cupcake kick. That’s about to end though.
    Sophie – Glad someone other than me enjoys the drink!
    Eating Club – :) No prob.
    Ivy – It’s on one of those spam emails from a barrister asking for help to smuggle money into the country. If for some reason you’ve never seen one – check this out: http://www.419eater.com/html/letters.htm.
    Natalie – :) Thanks!

  15. Gigisays:

    i love the little face on the cupcake! too cute to eat!

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