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Mint Julep Kentucky Derby Cupcake Recipe

The official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, Mint Juleps are a refreshing and delicious respite from the Kentucky summer sun.

Create your own unique cupcakes fit for the winner's circle with a creative take on the mint julep complete with an irresistibly delicious batter spiked with bourbon and mint leaf garnish on top.

  • Cupcake Base:
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • Bourbon Butter Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons Bourbon whiskey
  • Mint Julep Frosting:
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 4 oz butter
  • 12 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Crme de Menthe

Cupcake Frosting:

Mix all frosting ingredients together in a large bowl until completely incorporated.

Refrigerate for twenty to forty minutes, then pipe onto cupcakes once the base is completely cooled and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

For Cupcake Batter/Base:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.

In a separate smaller bowl, combine buttermilk, butter, vanilla extract, and eggs.

Add wet ingredients to flour mixture. Beat at low speed for 1 minute, then increase to medium speed for 3 more minutes.

Pour mixture into muffin or cupcake pan pre-lined with cupcake liners.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Ten minutes before cupcakes are done, prepare Bourbon Butter Sauce.

For Bourbon Butter Sauce:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/3 cup butter, and 3 tablespoons water.

Stir until melted and combined. Do not boil. Remove from heat, continuing to stir for 2 minutes. Then stir in Bourbon.

When cupcakes are done and still warm from the oven, use a skewer to poke holes around the top of the cake. Pour Bourbon butter sauce evenly over the top of the cupcakes. Let cake cool to room temperature in the pan before removing.

Frost with mint julep frosting once cupcakes are completely cooled, and garnish each with a sprig of mint. Or, try one of our creative Kentucky Derby cupcake designs detailed in this article.

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