Maximilian Affair cupcakes

Mass Appeal

A simple recipe for these delicious prohibition era cupcakes! Jennifer Remillard, Owner of Sassy Mamas’ Delectable Cupcakes showed us how to make the recipe!

Maximilian Affair Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 tbsp. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ c of Mescal
  • ¼ c of elderflower liquor
  • 2 tbsp. of sweet vermouth
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1/4 c milk (preferably whole) 


  • 4 Sticks of Unsalted Butter (2 c)
  • 7 c confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Mescal
  • 2 tbsp. elderflower liquor
  • 1 tsp sweet vermouth
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of Salt

Creating the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the vanilla extract. 
  3. Add one-third of the flour mixture and beat to combine. Add half of the alcohol, lemon juice, and milk. then half of the milk and beat to combine.
  4. Add another third of the flour, then the remaining liquor, lemon juice, and milk; then the rest of the flour, beating to combine after each addition. 
  5. Divide the batter between the liners, filling each about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden-brown and spring back when pressed lightly. 
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Creating the Frosting:
  8. Using an electric mixer, beat the unsalted butter with salt until smooth.
  9. Add confectioner’s sugar, adding the liquid ingredients after 3 ½ cups, then adding last sugar and then the liquid ingredients.
  10. Using a 1M tip, frost the cooled cupcakes.

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