• Cooking Time: 18-20
  • Servings: 36
  • Preparation Time: 15


This recipe was created on the spot during the competition of Cupcake Wars Season 3 premiere. On our first round, it was announced the theme was the Kentucky Derby and we had a table of ingredients to choose from. We went with the Mint Julep! Although the judges felt it could use more kick, you will see below there is a lot of alcohol! You be the judge!


  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon mint extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup bourbon (or whiskey)
  • 1/4 cup clear Crème de Menthe
  • Bourbon and Mint Frosting:
  • 1 Cup Butter – Room Temperature
  • 1/3 cup Bourbon (or whiskey)
  • ¼ cup Green Crème de Menthe
  • Dash of Salt
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • A little extra Bourbon for Soaking
  • Fresh Mint for Garnish (or a chocolate mint)


  • Cupcakes:
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees (F).
  • Place 36 liners in a cupcake pans.
  • Whisk salt, baking powder, and 1 3/4 cups of the flour.
  • Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and extracts in a large mixing bowl until creamy (make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl).
  • 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 until the batter comes together.
  • Fill paper lined cupcake pan with large ice cream scoop.
  • Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
  • Place on wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
  • When cooled and before frosting, brush extra bourbon over the tops of all cupcakes to give a little added kick of bourbon.
  • Bourbon and Mint Frosting:
  • With paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth.
  • Add salt and 2 cups powdered sugar.
  • Slowly beat in until smooth, add Bourbon and Crème de Menthe and mix on low speed.
  • Add remaining sugar until smooth.
  • Adjust sugar for consistency variances depending on desired outcome of frosting.
  • Frost.

Author Credit: Annette Starbuck

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