Amaretto-Soaked Strawberries on Boozy Angel Food Cupcakes

Angel food cupcakes with light and alcoholic vodka mascarpone whipped cream and amaretto-soaked strawberries! When coupled with a strawberry basil margarita, this dish is divine.

To be honest, I don’t want to speak to you today since I am fatigued. It’s been a long week of 9-hour meeting marathons, cold, dismal, wet weather, terrible news, ticks, headaches, and exhausting and horribly unpleasant medical problems you don’t want to hear about.

Instead, let me introduce you to these cupcakes.

Reader, meet amazing light and boozy cupcakes.

Reader, meet these very light and alcoholic cupcakes.

Spoiler alert: We’re using a box cake mix.

To be honest, I used a box mix for these. I’ve been experimenting with homemade angel food cake for a long now, and I still don’t get it down pat.

And since it required a million egg whites and a dump truck of sugar, which I didn’t have on hand, I decided I didn’t want to wait any longer to share them with you, so I went with the boxed mix this time.

I try to avoid it, but it’s occasionally important for your own sanity, amirite?

On my trip to work, I had a nice foldable cupcake carrier (aff link) full with them, and as I was stepping off the boat, the captain leaned out his window and screamed, “Someone mug that lady and grab the cupcakes!”

That made everyone giggle and demonstrated that the carrier is not at all covert. Indeed, it can be a great discussion starter.

People couldn’t get enough of them when I took them into my workplace. I’m not sure whether it was the vanilla vodka-spiked icing or the amaretto-soaked strawberries that sent them over the top, but does it really matter?

Making the amaretto soaked strawberries

To make the soaked strawberries, just put them in a basin with enough amaretto to cover them and soak for an hour.

You could make them without the strawberries since the frosting is delicious on its own, but why would you pass up that stunning splash of red that also includes even more flavored liquor?

You don’t want to offend the strawberries, do you? Obviously not. Thus, be a decent person and include them so they don’t feel excluded.

They look best on the cupcakes in their natural state, but you may easily chop or dice them before topping the cupcakes for convenience. Nothing is wrong with it.

I will tell you, though, that you will not receive the same wapow! When you bite into a whole strawberry, you get a kick. Hence, if you want to make an impression, keep them complete.

If you aren’t a fan of amaretto (which I think you will be after trying these), you could soak them in the same vanilla vodka you used for the icing.

Not the same vodka, because then you’d be mixing pinkish, seedy strawberry-y vodka into your pure, white icing, and you know what I mean.

Use pineapple vodka instead. I have a feeling that would be delicious as well.

If you wanted to, you could quadruple the frosting, cut out the cores of these cupcakes, and stuff them full of boozy deliciousness.

But, since angel food cake is so fragile, you will end up with a thicker cupcake, which may surprise you because you will take one up expecting it to be as light as air.

But who am I to say how you should conduct your life? Fill ’em up. Cover the sides of the cupcakes with icing. Remove the middle of the strawberries and fill with more. Eat it with your face straight out of the bowl, so it never sees the light of day.

Just do you, pal.

Boozy Angel Food Cupcakes with Amaretto-Soaked Strawberries

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Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 15mins
Total Time: 25mins
Servings: 30to 36 cupcakes
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Super fluffy angel food cupcakes topped with light and boozy vodka mascarpone whipped cream and amaretto-soaked strawberries!


  • tin for cupcakes


  • cupcake wrappers




  • 24-36strawberries
  • Amaretto enough to cover strawberries in a dish


  • 1 angel food cake mix box
  • 1 cup of water


  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese (I use Belgioioso)
  • cupsugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla vodka
  • 1 quart thick cream



  • Pour enough amaretto to thoroughly cover the strawberries in a medium-sized mixing dish. Since the quantity of batter you end up with may vary, I provide a range of 30-36. Worst case scenario is that you have extras that you must consume.
    24 to 36 strawberries, amaretto to cover strawberries in a dish
  • Let to soak for an hour while you prepare and chill the cupcakes.


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside two muffin pans lined with paper cupcake liners (youll reuse one of them for the rest of the cupcakes after the first two batches).
  • 4 c. water

    Make the angel food cake batter according to the box instructions.
    1 angel food cake mix box, 1 1

  • 4 full.

    Fill each muffin cup three-quarters full.

  • Bake for 15 minutes on the middle rack, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, the tops are golden brown, and they spring back when touched.
  • Cook for a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully.


  • Place a large mixing bowl in the refrigerator to chill.
  • 2 cup of sugar

    Mascarpone cheese and sugar should be mixed on high speed in a cold mixing basin.
    1 cup mascarpone cheese, 8 oz.

  • Add the vanilla vodka and heavy cream and mix on low until mostly blended. Increase the speed to high and whip until stiff peaks emerge; this may take some time, so be patient!
    1 cup heavy cream, 1-2 teaspoons vanilla vodka
  • After the cupcakes have fully cooled, fit a piping bag with the proper tip and go to work on the frosting.
  • To absorb any excess liquid, softly pat each strawberry with a paper towel. Slice or dice the strawberries to use as a garnish if preferred.
  • Place a wet strawberry on top of each cupcake. Serve and have fun!


Best served same day. If prepping ahead of time, make the cupcakes, frosting and strawberries but don’t assemble until just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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