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Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

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Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 12
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Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

A classic Kentucky Derby cocktail in cupcake form! Don't worry. There's plenty of bourbon involved.

Ingredients

1 1/4
cups all-purpose flour
1/4
cup cocoa powder
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup unsalted butter, soft
1
cup sugar
2
large eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3
cup bourbon
2
tablespoons crème de menthe
1/4
cup milk

FROSTING:

1/2
cup unsalted butter
1
tablespoon bourbon
1
tablespoon crème de menthe
4
cups powdered sugar
4
tablespoons milk
Fresh mint for garnish

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt).
  • 2 In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy. You can use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer.
  • 3 Add eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla, bourbon, and creme de menthe. Mix well.
  • 4 Add half of the dry ingredients and mix, followed by milk, followed by the last of the dry ingredients. Combine until everything is mixed, but try not to over-mix the batter.
  • 5 Divide batter into 12 cupcake tins lined with paper liners. Fill each tin 3/4 full.
  • 6 Bake cupcakes at 350ºF for 22-24 minutes until they are just set.
  • 7 Let cupcakes cool completely before icing.
  • 8 For frosting, beat together butter with bourbon and creme de menthe until it's light and fluffy. Then beat in two cups of powdered sugar, followed by milk, followed by two more cups of powdered sugar.
  • 9 Scoop frosting into a pastry bag or just a plastic bag with one of the corners cut off. Decorate cooled cupcakes with frosting and garnish with fresh mint!
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The taste of the favorite drink of the South, but in cupcake form!

As prepared by Macheesmo,

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. 

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

Divide the batter between 12 cupcake tins. Fill each one about 3/4 full. Unless you're running a bakery, just eyeball it.

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

Use a pastry bag or just a normal plastic bag to decorate!

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

Garnish the cupcakes with fresh mint and you’re all set.

 

Mint Julep Chocolate Cupcakes

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.

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