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Day 44 – Kentucky Bourbon Cupcakes

13 Sep

You know by now that I like to start the weekend off on a fun note.  And, every once in a while I wanna do something different.  I will admit, I’m not the hugest of Bourbon fans, but I was intrigued by these Kentucky Bourbon Cupcakes (recipe below from Living a Merry Life).  These seemed like they might work.

Bourbon-Cupcake     Mini-Bourbon-Cupcake

The cakes have a good density and moist-ness.  The nuts add a nice, small crunch.  It’s kinda like a bran muffin, but yummier.  The minis are fine, but the nuts and chips make them a little chunky.


The frosting has a good consistency for piping.  It’s not as bourbon-y as I thought it would be. It’s yummy and light.

Bourbon-Cupcake-done     Mini-Bourbon-Cupcake

Just the cupcake and frosting (no icing yet) has a nice balance.  Oddly, the frosting brings out the chocolate chips more.  The bourbon flavor is also stronger when it’s together.  But, not in a bad way.  (I mean, it might be if you despise bourbon, but…if that’s the case…why are you making these cupcakes?)

The glaze doesn’t add much but more bourbon flavor.  If you want a slap-in-the-face bourbon flavor, do the glaze.  If you just want a hint, leave it off.  Either way it’s a nice cupcake.  (note: my hubby was a little put-off by the nuts, so, use them sparingly if you have any people who aren’t big fans)

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 3

– Frosting Taste: 4

– Overall Taste: 3.5

– Appearance: 4

– Ease of Making: 3.5 (even though there are 3 parts, the glaze is so easy it doesn’t really count)

– TOTAL: 18


Kentucky Bourbon Cupcakes (recipe from Living a Merry Life)


1 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

3/4 cup of chopped pecans

1/2 cup of chocolate chips

2 tablespoons of bourbon

1/2 cup of butter (at room temperature)

3/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of light brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup of buttermilk (at room temperature)


1 cup of butter, at room temperature

2 1/2 cups of powder sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of bourbon (If you are serving these to kids, you can leave out the bourbon on the icing, since we aren’t cooking it out!)


2 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of bourbon (Again, if you are serving this to children, I would leave out the bourbon in the glaze.)

Add all of the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute (or until sugar is dissolved).

For directions visit Living a Merry Life.

*Tomorrow: Mocha Toffee Fudge Cupcakes*

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