Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mint Julep Cupcakes

It's Derby Time

























In honor of the Kentucky Derby this upcoming weekend, I decided to share with you my recipe for mint julep cupcakes.  To tell you the truth, I have never been to the Kentucky Derby nor have I tried a Mint Julep.  I am not going to lie, I am allured by the sun dresses and large hats, but could honestly do without a horse race.  I suppose for now I will stick to baking.  I made these cupcakes in miniature version for a friends bridal shower last summer and have been saving them just for this occasion.  The mint and bourbon are very delicate and add just a little something special to these cupcakes.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed them and I think you will too.  I think they would be great garnished with a mint leave and a drinking straw.  The recipe below is for the full sized version.

Mint Julep Cupcakes
recipe by Baked Perfection

recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
6 tablespoons bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the bourbon, vanilla and mint; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 

Mint Julep Frosting
recipe by Baked Perfection

2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
4 tablespoons bourbon
2 - 4 tablespoons milk
green food coloring

Beat butter, bourbon, mint, and salt until smooth.  Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.  Add drops of green food coloring until you reach desired color.

























(Also pictured: Luscious Lemon Cupcakes and Sweet Peach Tea Cupcakes)

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