Mint Julep Cupcakes

Mint Julep CupcakeThis weekend is the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Down’s.  You may not be into horse racing but everyone seems to know that the official drink is the Mint Julep! According to the Derby Museum, the Mint Julep became the official drink in 1938 because they started selling the souvenir glasses for 75 cents. Talk about great marketing! This classic cocktail has the enticing flavors of bourbon and mint.

Mint Julep Cupcake Yum

I took these classic flavors and created a cupcake that is delicious. This is the perfect (and very easy) cupcake for any dinner party, whether you’re watching the Run for the Roses or not. Enjoy these cupcakes this weekend.

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Mint Julep Cupcakes
Serves 12
Mint Julep flavor in a cupcake!
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Cupcake Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. ½ cup cake flour
  3. 2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  9. 2 eggs
  10. ½ cup milk
  11. ¼ cup bourbon
  12. ¼ cup mint schnapps
Frosting Ingredients
  1. 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  2. 3 cups powder sugar
  3. dash of vanilla
  4. large dash of peppermint schnapps or ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract
  5. 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
  6. 2 tablespoons milk or whipping cream
  7. fresh mint leaves
To make cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake papers.
  3. Sift the first four ingredients (flour through salt) together, set aside.
  4. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one at time until incorporated. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and then the liquids. Mix until incorporated and then add the remaining flour and just mix with a spatula until completely incorporated. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cup 3/4 full. Bake in the oven for exactly 20 minutes — the cupcakes should be perfectly baked. Remove from oven and let cool in the tin and then cool on a rack.
To make frosting
  1. Cream the butter and then slowly add in the sugar and mix until the mixture becomes frosting. To loosen it up, add the vanilla and the peppermint schnapps and milk/cream.
  2. Frost each cupcake and then top with a pretty mint leaf!
Shaun Myrick