Everyone loves cupcakes. Everyone loves a new car. Back in November, my family and I got to test drive a 2012 Kia Sorento for 13 days
. It was awesome. Just like these cupcakes, the first time we got inside we had a few surprises.
Now, to create a recipe inspired by the test drive of a car is not easy. I wasn't sure where to focus, what kind of dish to make, or really where my inspiration would come from. As I went through my pictures, I came across the little surprises. Like the panoramic sunroof seen here:
Even though it was chilly here in Ohio, we did try them out. I loved it, and could just imagine all of us heading to the lake or just to park on a warm day and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine filling our car.
Another surprise was the little button that popped open the door for the fuel nozzle.
There were a couple of times that little button was forgotten about and my husband would get out to pump gas and has to reach back in to pop the door.
So when Kia
asked me to create a recipe, I thought about those surprises. Since everyone loves cupcakes, why not put a surprise in the cupcakes? And so we have cherry cordial cupcakes. The cherry cordial being inside the dark chocolate cupcake, topped with homemade (and dairy-free!) buttercream frosting. Oh yes!
1 box favorite cake mix - I chose Duncan Hines since they are dairy-free - prepared as directed
Cherry cordial candiesBUTTERCREAM FROSTING
1/3 cup softened dairy-free butter (Earth Balance brand was my choice)
2-3 tablespoons dairy-free milk (almond unflavored was my choice)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar - I didn't measure, I just added and added until I had the consistency I wanted and also the amount that I thought I would need
Fill cupcake pan (lined with paper cups) 2/3 full
Gently press 1 cherry cordial candy into the batter and top with a very small amount of batter, just enough to cover the candy
Bake as directed on box
Remove from pan and let cool completely before you add frosting or it will just melt
Now, the confession. The cherry cordials melted. The bottom of my cupcakes was a gooey cherry cordial mess. But they were delicious, and MOIST. These are a plate and fork cupcake for sure because of the stickiness, but they were so good! Yes, I know this is a very easy, cheat recipe, but it's a great way to take a box mix and jazz it up!A HUGE thank you to Kia Motors for letting us use the Sorento for 13 days to facilitate this review. The vehicle and a gas card were provided to us, however all opinions and photos are our own.