Day 276 – Mint Julep Cupcakes

3 May

It’s Kentucky Derby day.  Now, as some of you know, I’m off the alcohol for a bit.  Baby-mandated, ya know.  And, any self-respecting Mint Julep contains bourbon.  Right?  So, these Mint Julep Cupcakes (recipe below from Baked Perfection) were tasted and judged by my “guest blogger” (aka my hubby, Ken).

White-cupcake     Mini-White-Cupcakes

The cupcakes are dense. Not terrible, but too pound-cakey for me. I want this style of cupcake to be light and airy. We used Jim Beam. I think that JB is not the right bourbon, perhaps Four Roses or Widow Jane. If you have the bank, Hudson Baby Bourbon will make this killer.

Mint-Frosting

Again, a different bourbon will make this gorgeous. The frosting is balanced. I can taste the JB and I like the blending of the mint. It is light and delightful. If you like creamy wedding mints, you will LOVE this frosting.

Mint-Julep-Cupcake     Mini-Mint-Julep-Cupcake

When you take a bite, the cupcake has substance from the cake and lightness from frosting and overall is satisfying. Maybe even quite good. This is a good cupcake that is a deliciously balanced mint cupcake. A little too dense on the cupcake, but fine altogether. Cocktail cupcakes always fall short of the cocktails. I’m not interested in getting a buzz, but I feel like it’s a stretch to channel the cocktail. So it’s a mint julep, because I call it that, but if I were to have a mint julep cocktail alongside, I would have a hard time seeing definitive similarities. I would like to see cocktail cupcakes soaked in the spirit, allowing for the bite of the original spirit to penetrate the flavors of the cupcake.

Mint-Julep-Cupcake top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 18.5

Mini-Mint-Julep-top

RECIPE

Mint Julep Cupcakes (recipe from Baked Perfection)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sour cream

Frosting:

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 4 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons milk
  • green food coloring
For directions visit Baked Perfection.
*Tomorrow: Tres Leches Cupcakes*

2 Responses to “Day 276 – Mint Julep Cupcakes”

  1. Charmaine May 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    I have never made cupcakes with alcohol before, I love pound cake and seems like this might work for me.Oh and by the way, the piping of the frosting is so perfect!

  2. avnipalekar May 4, 2014 at 4:59 am #

    I just discovered your blog! What a fun year you must have had 🙂 I am gonna keep coming back for ideas and inspiration!

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