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Day 151 – Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes

29 Dec

So, in case you didn’t eat enough in this holiday season, today’s cupcakes will get you there.  If you’re still full….well…these Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes (recipe below from Half Baked Harvest) might send you right over the edge.  Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.  This is a flavor-packed cupcake!  Get ready!!

Chocolate-Bourbon-Cupcake      Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and squishy. Not moist, but not dry at all. Very cakey.  They have an extremely strong bourbon flavor. Like. Surprisingly strong. Bourbon. Then chocolate. That’s it.

Note: The mini cupcakes are almost bitter, so I don’t recommend them. Not to mention, there’s not much room for that nutty filling.


My filling never quite thickened to caramel consistency, but it worked just the same.  It has a nice sweet, bourbon flavor. Then you get the pecans, which add a nice bite as well as texture.


The frosting is a little on the thin side. (You can freeze it for longer to get it as thick as you want it. I liked it a little creamier.)  It has a really nice caramel and cinnamon flavor. The nuts remind me a lot of the street vendor nuts you find here in NYC.

CB-PP-Cupcake     Mini-CB-PP-Cupcake-side

This is not a cupcake for the non-bourbon lovers. It’s strong. Really strong. Oh sure. There’s a little sweet and a little chocolate, but it’s mostly bourbon. I like it a lot. Very tasty.

CB-PP-Cupcake-top     Mini-CB-PP-Cupcake

(And, my hubby said that the inside is exactly like a pecan pie…before I told him what kind of cupcake it was.)


This cupcake takes a very long time to make, or at least a lot of planning or organizing to condense the time.  It’s what we call a “Snow Day” cupcake at our house.  You know, the kind of cupcake that you would make on a snow day. When you have LOTS of free time to kill and you want something indulgent.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4.5
  • Frosting Taste: 5 (between the filling and frosting)
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 1.5 (so many parts, so time-consuming)
  • TOTAL: 19.5


Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes (recipe from Half Baked Harvest)

Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup greek yogurt
Pecan Pie Filling
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter Pecan Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped raw pecans + 18 whole pecans

For directions visit Half Baked Harvest.

*Tomorrow: Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes*

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