Country Tails

September 9, 2015

Chase Rhubarb Vodka & Custard Cupcakes

To get your taste buds flowing, and to put you in the mood for tonight’s latest episode of The Great British Bake Off, we thought we’d feature our Star Baker, Lydia, who recently whipped up these delicious treats for everyone at the distillery to sink their teeth into. 

They were so good, we couldn’t help but share her recipe… we hope you enjoy them as much as we did…

(makes 12 cupcakes)


– 6oz unsalted organic butter, softened

– 6oz self raising flour 

– 6oz caster sugar 

– 3 free range eggs 

– ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean paste 

– 12 muffin/large cupcake cases

Oven temp: 180 degrees

Using the super easy all-in-one method, combine all of the above ingredients in one bowl and mix on a medium speed until you have a smooth, creamy mixture. Use a spatula to clean the sides of the bowl and ensure everything is incorporated.

Spoon into the cases, ¾ full and bake for around 15-20 minutes. To test if they are cooked, press down on each cake and if it springs back, they are ready to take out and turn out onto a cooling rack. Straight away, take Chase Rhubarb Vodka and simply pour a little onto each cake (around 2 teaspoons)– whilst warm the rhubarb vodka will soak in.

Once they are cool, using a small, sharp knife remove the centre of the cakes (roughly a 2x2cm square) – ensure you keep the lids. This is for the custard centre so ensure they are the right size.

 Poached Rhubarb

– 1 stick of rhubarb (you won’t need all of it)

Chop the rhubarb at the pinkest end into 12-15 rectangles (3cm length and 0.5-1cm thick). As if you were poaching an egg, ensure the water is boiling well and carefully place the pieces of rhubarb in. Try not to stir as they will become very delicate and you want them to stay as one. Once soft, lift them out and place on a piece of kitchen paper to soak any excess water. (reserve the water in the pan for the syrup).

Rhubarb Vodka Syrup

– Chase Rhubarb Vodka
– Granulated Sugar
– Water from poaching the rhubarb
– Natural pink food colouring

For this part of the cake decoration, I used a recipe on the following website;

Using the measurements for a thick syrup – I used 1 cup of liquid (half water from the poached rhubarb and half Chase Rhubarb Vodka) and 1 cup of granulated sugar. I then followed the simple steps on this recipe but boiled a little longer to create really thick syrup and added a little pink food colouring.

Rhubarb Crisps

– 1 stick of rhubarb

– Wire cooling rack

– Grease proof paper

 Oven temp; 180 degrees 

Simply grate some thin strips of the rhubarb and place on a wire cooling rack lined with greaseproof paper, put in the top of the oven for around 10 minutes to crisp – be careful they do not burn.

Crème Patisserie

For this, I also followed a recipe that can found by clicking the link – the most important tips are to not over heat and keep whisking to prevent lumps. Use the basic recipe and allow to only cool a little before piping into the holes make in the cupcakes. Use a straight, small piping nozzle and fill each one – allow to cool completely and replace the lids.

 Vanilla Frosting

– 250g unsalted, Organic Butter softened
– 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
– 500g icing Sugar
– 3 tbsp whole milk

Whisk the butter until smooth and then add a quarter of the icing sugar, at first carefully mix and repeat until all of it is mixed together – once combined turn the mixer speed to high and add the vanilla. At this point it might be fairly thick so add a little milk at a time until it is at a super smooth, just about at a dropping consistency.

To Assemble

Using the illustration provided above, follow the numbered steps to putting the final cakes together. Ice the cake how you wish, whether it is piping or using a palette knife – I went for a deep star nozzle. Drizzle a little of the syrup and add the other components. As a finishing touch I added some dried rose petals and a sprinkle of gold edible glitter.

To purchase a bottle of our Chase Rhubarb Vodka, click HERE