Sweet Collaborations: Twisted Sisters and The Williamsburg Winery

October 24, 2019

What’s better than taking a bite out of a yummy homemade cupcake? Taking a bite out of a handcrafted cupcake infused with handcrafted wine from The Williamsburg Winery. 


Twisted Sisters Cupcakes and The Williamsburg Winery have joined forces to create a selection of wine-infused cupcakes now available at the Winery’s new Wine Bar located in La Promenade Distinctive Shoppes in Virginia Beach.


Putting it simply, Tracy Busching, owner of Twisted Sisters, said: “we love putting alcohol in our cupcakes!”  


Busching began collaborating with The Williamsburg Winery earlier this year when she was asked to create a special cupcake for the release of the new canned Dry Rosé. The end result was a beautifully-designed cupcake with custom sprinkles and an amazing flavor profile of strawberry, tangerine, and Rosé – of course!



“We had a lot of fun with that one because we got to do so much with it,” said Busching. “It’s just a pretty cupcake.”


Busching’s Rosé cupcake was such a hit that she has since created three other cupcakes incorporating different Williamsburg wines, including the Governor’s White, a Petit Manseng and a Barrel-Aged Virginia Claret. All are available at the Virginia Beach Wine Bar and go perfectly with a glass of vino!


“It’s been so great working with The Williamsburg Winery on these cupcakes,” said Busching. “We have a lot of fun with these.”



Wine-Infused Cupcakes


When a customer at The Wine Bar bites into a wine-infused cupcake, Busching wants them to taste the wine everywhere. For that reason, wine has been infused in both the cake and the frosting.


“We all know the alcohol bakes off when cooked in the oven, but it stays in the frosting,” she said.


She’s also brainstorming ideas for a cupcake infused with the Winery’s Jamestown Cellars Settlers’ Spiced Wine.


Busching loves working with local businesses like The Williamsburg Winery because there is so much room for creativity – which is something Twisted Sisters is known for.


The Beginning


Busching started Twisted Sisters in 2010 out of her kitchen in Virginia Beach. It was meant to be a part-time, work-from-home, extra money-earning endeavor, but that changed quickly once word spread about the cupcakes’ deliciousness.


“I posted something like ‘hi’ on Facebook and then all of a sudden we had all these followers,” laughed Busching. 


In addition to being known for baking delectable cupcakes, Twisted Sisters also carved out a new niche in Hampton Roads. 


Instead of waiting for customers to come to then, Busching thought it would be better to bring the cupcakes to the customers; thus, the idea for a mobile cupcake truck was born. 


Not just any truck – it was a bright pink truck.


“People would be lined up waiting for us when we arrived,” said Busching. “It was really cool.”


Now, Twisted Sisters has a permanent storefront on Virginia Beach Boulevard not far from The Wine Bar and has expanded to include custom cakes, wedding cakes as well as catering services. 


Cooking with Wine


Not to be confused with drinking wine while cooking, cooking with wine is not an exact

 science and can be tricky.