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Mint Julep Cupcakes Recipe

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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Stephanie Brown-Embry SAYS:

Mint Julep Cupcakes! Yum

May 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

cheriesargeant SAYS:

I’m curious if anyone tried using the creme de menthe in the icing, too. Instead of the mint and some of the vanilla extracts? Or a bourbon buttercream? They look and sound so good…looking for a way to kick it up a notch maybe (or are they perfect as is?)

May 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Taya SAYS:

There are some similar recipies that add shortening and bourbon to the frosting. I’m going to try a butter cream (more butter) and add the mint extract.

May 4, 2012 at 6:16 am

Eric Rodgers SAYS:

Another option aside from the crème de menthe would be spearmint schnapps, which is a bit closer to the flavor of the fresh mint in the cocktail,

March 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm
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