If you know nothing about Kentucky, the one thing you must know is our soft drink… Ale-8. It is caffeine heaven. A bit of a ginger spiced soda that has more caffeine than another other soda on the market. It is made in Eastern Kentucky, which makes sense because it is the drink of choice for mountain climbers. They say that it gives them that last little push to get to the summit. It has always equated a treat for us. Our papaw use to drive us in his old pick up (gun rack full) to the local General Store and buy us tall green bottled Ale-8’s and Hershey bars. Still to this day, it is my treat of choice, minus the Hershey bars.
Ale-8 is not as popular in the city as it is in the Red River Gorge, but it is gaining acceptance. My local friends know my love for Ale-8 and so one sent me this recipe he had come across. These will be our Oaks Day desert! In case you do not know… we here in Louisville are out of school and most are out of work for the beginning of the actual horse races that make up near month celebration of the Kentucky Derby. Oaks is the Friday race before the Saturday run of the Derby. This meme pretty much sums it up….
Ale 8 Cupcakes
1 box Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake mix
1/3 cup oil
1 Cup Ale 8 (that’s 8oz from the bottle and 4 for you to drink!)
1 Tbs. fresh grated Ginger, optional (you can find this in the produce section of most grocery stores and if you keep it in the freezer it will last about a year.) Or you can use 1 tsp. powdered Ginger
Mix all ingredients and bake in cupcake liners according to package directions. Let cool completely before icing.
1 Cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
8 Cups Powdered sugar
1 tsp. good quality vanilla extract
1 Tbs. grated ginger, or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
candied ginger for garnish, optional (find this in the spice section)
Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with candied ginger. Top with an Ale 8 top if you want to get fancy 🙂