What a great way to start the first term! Our mouths are watering after reading Naomi’s recipe for strawberry and lime cider cupcakes- why don’t you have a go at making them for yourself? Please eat/drink responsibly!

This tasty little number involves the joint best friend and worst enemy of almost every student out there. Oh hey there, alcohol! Good to see you again. Thankfully it’s not a big fat bottle of Tesco Value Vodka- it’s a cute little bottle of Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime cider. It won’t break the bank either at around £1.50 a bottle, plus Tesco is doing an offer at the moment that offers four bottles for £5.00 – so you could always stock up for a night out at the same time.

Alcoholic cupcakes are becoming pretty widespread with the logic that since booze has been used in food for centuries, why not cakes as well? I’ve made Pina Colada ones before and they were pretty tasty but they were a kind of mocktail version, as I didn’t use any actual spirits. There are lots of recipes for this floating around on the internet, so I tried one out (modifying it a lot) and had a bit of a buttercream disaster. However, hopefully this one will be easy to do, and makes a lot for you and your very hungry flatmates/housemates. P.S. I’m already on the cheaper ingredients, but they taste just as good.


What you’ll need… (Makes 16 cupcakes)

100g butter/spread

260g self-raising flour, sieved.

280g caster sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp baking powder

125ml Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime cider

Grated rind of half a lime

Strawberry jam

And for the buttercream…

110g full fat cream cheese

55g butter

15ml lime juice

Grated rind of 2 limes

320g icing sugar, sieved


  • Turn the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Line your cupcake moulds with cases.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together. Make sure it is smooth by the time you’re finished.
  • Gradually beat in the eggs, and if the mix looks like it’s going to curdle, add a bit of flour with the last amount.

  • Add the flour and the cider alternatively. I started with a good amount of flour, mixed it in, then added a tiny bit of cider and mixed that in too. Do this continually until it’s all in the bowl.
  • Pop the mixture into the cases, filling them to about three-quarters full.
  • Bake for around 15 minutes, or until golden-brown on the top.
  • Take them out to cool, and whilst they are cooling off, you can make the buttercream!
  • Soften the cream cheese in a bowl. Add in the butter. Cream them both together.
  • Add the lime juice and the rind gradually.
  • Add the icing sugar in small amounts. The mix shouldn’t be runny, but smooth.
  • Cut a small circle from the middle of each cupcake, and pop the jam in.

  • You can eat the bits of cake you’ve cut out!
  • With a teaspoon, put a blob of buttercream on the top of each cake. I decorated with lime rind and also strawberries.

There you have it! Gorgeously gooey cider cupcakes, with two of my favourite flavours. Why not give them a go yourself?

Naomi White