Have you ever seen the movie Identity Thief? The one with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman? Melissa’s character’s drink of choice throughout the movie is a Melon Ball. I had never heard of a Melon Ball before, but it was bright green and had the word ‘melon’ in it’s title, so I needed to try it. I love melon flavored things. Love ’em! So I went out and bought what I needed to make myself a Melon Ball. Turns out, I don’t really care for vodka.
So, with an almost full bottle of Melon Schnapps, I did what I do best. Made some cupcakes! And perhaps drank a little mixed with some Sprite…. Nonetheless we now have Melon Schnapps Cupcakes!
I love the way these cupcakes look! The brightly colored Wilton cupcake liners really make them pop!
They taste pretty darn good too! It is a fairly subtle melon flavor, not too strong. One of my taste testers (aka co-worker) is not a big fan of melon, but she still enjoyed these. I mean, she did go back for seconds! If you want a stronger melon flavor it probably wouldn’t hurt to add a bit more of the Melon Schnapps.
These Melon Schnapps cupcakes are super easy to make. No crazy steps, no out-there ingredients. (That’s coming later this month.) There is a small amount of schnapps in the frosting, so if you have kids, you may want to leave it out.
Melon Schnapps Cupcake Recipe
Melon Schnapps Cupcakes
- 1 cup Butter softened
- 1½ cups Granulated Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 3 tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 cup Milk
- 4 Tbs Melon Schnapps
Melon Schnapps Frosting
- ⅔ cup Butter softened
- 6 cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tbs Melon Schnapps
- Milk as needed
Making the Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350º.
In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar ½ cup at a time. Continue to beat for an additional two minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Starting and ending with the flour mixture, alternate adding the milk and flour mixture to the large mixing bowl, mixing well after each addition. Add the Melon Schnapps.
Line two cupcake pans with liners or grease each cup thoroughly. Fill each cup about ⅔ full. I recommend a standard ice cream scoop.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. The cupcakes should just be beginning to turn golden around the edges. Allow them to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Mix together the softened butter and Melon Schnapps in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
Slowly add the powdered sugar, combining fully before adding more. You may need to add some milk to get a smooth consistency. Or add more schnapps, whichever you prefer. Allow the frosting to beat on medium speed for around two minutes.
When cupcakes are completely cool, frost however you like. I used a 1M star tip for these.
Recipe NotesI added some green gel color to my cupcakes to really make them pop. This is completely optional.
You’ve now learned that I don’t like vodka, but I do love Melon. I wonder if Melon Schnapps would go well with rum? I know it goes great with a cupcake! What’s your drink of choice?
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