Mint Julep Cupcakes

Mint Juleps are a “must serve” at any Kentucky Derby party, right? Well, now there’s another fun way to serve this traditional Derby favorite: sweeten up the party with tasty Mint Julep Cupcakes – cleverly garnished with short straws and fresh mint leaves, of course!

We made these cupcakes for a local news segment today… and they were a hit! The recipe is adapted from Cooking & Booking and was first discovered via YumSugar. Even though the recipe calls for a full cup of alcohol, (1/2 c each Creme de Menthe and bourbon or whisky), the flavor of the cupcakes isn’t strong on the alcohol at all. Instead, it’s more of a sweet, buttery vibe with a subtle minty kick. Bake them in silver foil cupcake liners for that “silver julep cup” vibe. (Full recipe below. Enjoy!)

Mint Julep Cupcakes


{adapted from Cooking and Booking}


1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
4 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup bourbon (or whiskey)
1/2 cup Creme de Menthe

3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mint extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted



Preheat the oven to 350º F, and grease or line 30 cupcake cups.

Combine salt, baking powder, and 1 3/4 cups of the flour. Beat butter, sugar, eggs, and extracts in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Add the milk and liquors to the batter, then the rest of the flour (1 cup). Mix as little as possible, just until the batter comes together. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.

Combine the powdered sugar, salt, extracts and melted butter and beat until creamy. Gradually add milk until the texture is right for piping. When the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe or spread the icing on top. Garnish with cake sparkles or sprinkles, a straw (trimmed to size), and mint leaves.


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Sprout SAYS:

Oh goodie! I needed another way to use the green creme de menthe I keep around for grasshopper pie!

Reply April 27, 2009 at 3:01 am

Heather P SAYS:

Do you mind sharing your grasshopper pie recipe?? I, too, will be needing a reason for using the creme de menthe

May 19, 2011 at 7:15 am

Little Miss Cupcake SAYS:

Wow! These look and sound divine! Bottoms up!

Reply April 27, 2009 at 4:56 am

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Reply April 27, 2009 at 5:29 am

Jaime SAYS:

I’m definitely going to have to find a good excuse to use this recipe! Looks delicious!

Reply April 27, 2009 at 6:44 am

Kelly SAYS:

I’m having a Kentucky Derby party this weekend. These will be a perfect addition! Thanks!

Reply April 27, 2009 at 7:35 am

Joanna @lets entertain SAYS:

These look great!

Reply April 27, 2009 at 8:55 am

Erin SAYS:

Ready for a bit of craziness? Ok, I spotted those cupcakes on Yumsugar last year, when they posted the link. The link only took you to a flickr page. I then googled and found THAT recipe, and sent it to Yumsugar. I’m Uptown Girl that Yumsugar mentions in the post! Haha… It’s a crazy world, this internet!

I’ve been saving that link for a WHOLE YEAR, and I’m actually making those cupcakes TONIGHT in honor of the Derby!

Reply April 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

Davids SAYS:

Is green the color of the year? I have been seeing it a lot this year.

Reply April 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

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Reply April 28, 2009 at 10:19 am

Jess @ The Finer Things SAYS:

This look amazing– I’m loving the little “straws” …By the way– saw your Twilight party and was totally charmed by the Type A Type B wine bottles– very cute idea!

Reply April 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

Tara Cornelius SAYS:

These look delicious! I’ll add them to my list for Kentucky Derby Day.

Reply April 29, 2009 at 8:35 am

fresh365 SAYS:

mmm… I’m usually not a big cupcake person, but I have really been enjoying mint lately and will try these!

Reply April 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Erin SAYS:

I made these! Here they are are my blog!

Reply April 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Cate O'Malley SAYS:

Love them!

Reply May 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm

capow SAYS:

I made these last night for the Derby later today. I admit, I “tested” one before putting the rest away for later….They are DELICIOUS!

Reply May 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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