Sunday, January 23, 2011

White Russian Cupcakes

The Dude would like these.

I have wanted to make these cupcakes since last May and have been waiting on an occasion. Boy am I glad that I finally had a chance to make them. The cupcake is made with both vodka and Kahlua and is then topped with a Kahlua buttercream. I served them on NYE and they were a huge hit. I am going to be honest with you, you could have put the buttercream on a shoe and I would have told you it was delicious. The cupcake was tasty on its own, but it was the buttercream that put it over the top. Now before you decide that you don't want to make this buttercream because it has alcohol in it and none of it will be baked off, I want to point out something. Kahlua is 20% alcohol by volume, vanilla extract is 35% alcohol by volume. Just wanted to point that out. I really do hope you try this recipe because it is amazing!

White Russian Cupcakes
cupcake recipe adapted from How to Eat a Cupcake, Buttercream recipe from Baked Perfection

makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg and 1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/8 cup Vodka
1/4 cup Kahlua, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a seperate bowl or in a stand mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until combined. Add egg and egg white, one at a time. Then add the vanilla, Vodka, and 1/8 cup of Kahlua. Gradually add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk in two additions, ending with the flour mixture.

Bake 17 -20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcakes comes out clean. While the cupcakes are still warm, brush the tops with the remaining 1/8 cup Kahlua. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Kahlua Buttercream
recipe from Baked Perfection

1 stick of butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 - 4 tablespoons Kahlua

Beat butter until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add Kahlua 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.


  1. Hey there.. I made Black Russian Bundt cake last weekend and the found your recipe on Pinterest (pinned by someone) and Had to try it...They are delicious...Love em... thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. I had a "black and white Russian" cupcake at an event in Austin recently, I'm guessing it's the same idea but chocolate was added to the cupcakes. Either way it is good! I wanted to find a recipe to start playing with, thank for sharing!

  3. I made these months ago for my boyfriend since he loves white Russians and he was completely wowed. Today's his birthday so I'm making a bday cake version :) just wanted to say thanks for the recipe!

  4. Can these be made without the Vodka?

  5. You can definitely leave out the Vodka. Just replace with milk.

  6. Would you need to make any adjustments if you wanted to make this as a cake? I

  7. I made these for a co-worker. They were an absolute success, now they ask me to bake cupcakes all the time

  8. What's your tip for applying the frosting so it looks so professional? Also what did you use to garnish? chocolate flakes?