A mint julep ... cupcake? You better believe it. Refreshingly fun!
A good mint julep on a hot day is one of my favorite cocktails in the world. When you have flavors that work that well together, you better believe that they work just fine in a cupcake!
Welcome to the mint julep chocolate cupcake. It has plenty of bourbon, some mint flavor, chocolate, and is an instant way to make 11 new friends (keeping a cupcake for yourself, of course).
The batter for these cupcakes is pretty standard, but it is spiked with lots of booze.
For starters, whisk together the dry stuff in a small bowl. If you wanted to make these as a white cake, just leave out the cocoa powder and add in an extra 1/4 cup flour.
Then, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Then mix in your eggs and vanilla.
Now for the booze! Slowly mix in the bourbon and crème de menthe. It’ll smell intense but don’t worry. The alcohol will cook off and leave you with a mellow cake.
Then add half of the dry ingredients, followed by the milk, and then the rest of the dry ingredients. Your finished batter will be on the thick side.
Divide the batter between 12 cupcake tins. Fill each one about 3/4 full. Unless you're running a bakery, just eyeball it.
Bake these guys at 350ºF for 22-24 minutes until they're just cooked through. Be sure to let them cool completely before frosting them.
For the frosting, I mixed up a really simple buttercream frosting but spiked it with some bourbon and crème de menthe to keep those flavors fresh.
Just beat the butter together with the booze, then add two cups of powdered sugar, followed by the milk, and then two more cups of powdered sugar. The frosting should be thick, but spreadable.
Use a pastry bag or just a normal plastic bag to decorate!
Garnish the cupcakes with fresh mint and you’re all set.
Make these, have a cocktail, and good luck at the races!
Nick knows very little about horse racing, but knows a fair amount about bourbon! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.