It all started with a silly bet in the office and ended with some surprisingly tasty and very strange little cakes – Alan Partridge fans you’re in for a treat with this one! (everyone else, well you’ll probably just think i’ve gone mad but we’re rolling with it none the less!)
“You mean you’ve never had a pint of bitter with a Bailey’s and gin and tonic chaser? You big girls’ bras!”
We’re big Alan Partridge fans in my office and we tend to have quote-athons probably a lot more than is normal for actual real life grownups. Somehow along the way we mixed a conversation about my home made cakes and Partridge which ended up in a wager: ‘I bet you can’t make a ladyboy cupcake’…game on.
What is a ‘Ladyboy’ I hear you ask?
Well non-Alan friends, a ‘Ladyboy’ is a drink Alan Partridge accidentally invents when nervous and stood at a bar. He orders himself a G&T and his assistant Lynn a Baileys before he begins a business meeting, but shock horror the clients turn up early and surprise Alan at the bar. He offers them a pint and gets one for himself (‘because he’s a bloody bloke’) but they suddenly notice he already has a G&T and Baileys waiting for him…’Are those yours as well?’
‘Yes, it’s a pint of bitter, a gin and tonic and a baileys. I call them uhhh….ladyboys.’
So as not to look like a ‘big girl’s bra’ Alan proceeds to enjoy his Ladyboys and passes out on the bar after about 45 minutes before heading into the hotel kitchen to ‘cook all the food’.
And so the ladyboy drink was created and was set to be a sure fire hit with any Partridge fans on a night out – drink responsibly kids! But if that stomach curdling concoction doesn’t float your boat then how are you supposed to join in the Ladyboys fun and still be able to function the next day?
My Ladyboys Cupcakes of course!
Beer Battered Cupcakes with Gin & Tonic Frosting and a Baileys Cake Pop Chaser
For the Beer Batter Cake (makes about 6 large muffin sized cupcakes):
190g Plain Flour
3 Tablespoons Butter
220g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Bicarb of Soda
Dash of Salt
For the Gin & Tonic Frosting:
550g Icing Sugar
2-3 Tablespoons of Good Quality Gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
Juice of half-1 lime
- Preheat your oven to 350oC (gas mark 4) and line your muffin tin with cases
- Cream your butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl using an electric mixer.
- In a separate bowl mix together your dry ingredients
- Add half the beer to your butter mixture and mix in half of the dry ingredients
- Repeat the previous step with your remaining beer and dry mixture until combined (your mixture should be slightly runny)
- Spoon into cupcake cakes inside a muffin tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
- While your cakes are baking cream together the butter and icing sugar
- Add Gin and Lime to taste and set aside
- When your cakes are completely cool use a spatula to ice the tops with your G&T frosting and grate over the zest of your lime
For the Baileys Cake Pops (makes about 20 cake pops):
170g Caster Sugar
190g Plain Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
Pinch of Salt
Large Bar of Milk or White Chocolate for coating
- Beat together your ingredients in a large mixing bowl adding the eggs and flour last
- Pour the mixture into your cake pop moulds (I picked mine up from Poundland for yep, you guessed it – £1!)
- Bake for 15-20 minutes (at 350oC/Gas Mark 4) until your mixture has filled the moulds and has formed an adorable little ball shape of cakey goodness!
- Melt your chocolate over a DIY bain marie (white chocolate works best to let the Baileys taste come through but my white chocolate mysteriously disappeared out the fridge before baking!)
- Once cool, pop out the cake pops and insert your sticks
- Roll and coat in chocolate and place in the fridge to cool (I stood mine up in a whiskey tumbler filled with rice)
The result is a strong cupcake with a zesty frosting that tastes a bit like a Corona with lime followed by a boozy sweet and creamy Irish Cream cake bite! They said it couldn’t be done, we proved them wrong and created a cakey masterpiece – the perfect present for any Alan Partridge fan…back of the net!
Will you be trying the Alan Partridge Ladyboys Cupcake? Or do you think I’ve just gone mad? I guess we’ll never know.
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