Absinthe makes the Heart Grow Fonder Cupcakes

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup absinthe*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, at room temperature

green fairy frosting
sugar cube for garnish

Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease and flour 6 wells in a cupcake pan. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg, mix thoroughly. Add flour, baking powder and salt to the butter mixture. Add the milk and absinthe to the rest of the batter and beat until well combined. Fill each well 2/3 of the way full. Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted the center of a cupcake comes out clean or with just one or two dry crumbs. Cool briefly in the pan, then remove cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely before icing with green fairy frosting. Ice, then top with a sugar cube.

*I used Kübler Absinthe Superieure, which is the best of the absinthe brands I’ve tried.

My thoughts:

Absinthe is recently legal here in the US and we’ve been making good use of it. The flavor is anise but even I, who dislikes most licorice, like it. Once I had the drink (mineral water, sugar cube and all) all I could do is think about other ways to harness the flavor. Cupcakes were a obvious choice, the flavor could be used in both the cake (where the flavor is pervasive) and the icing. The perfect adult cupcake.


  1. Love these. Visually beautiful and I would love to taste them!

  2. Well aren’t you clever 🙂 At least the cupcakes wont give you a hangover!

  3. these sound amazing! i am so tempted to try them out. is absinthe available at usual vendors of alcohol, or just special places?

  4. At the usual places, but I’d call first, it is a little tricky to find.

  5. Wow, I had no idea! I’ve been ordering my absinthe from overseas forever (bad bad, I know), it will be really convenient to be able to get it here!
    I can’t wait to try this recipe, I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of absinthe, but this looks like a great way to make it more palatable. Plus, they’re beautiful, I love the louged color of the frosting!

  6. Wow! What a fantastic idea.

    I’m going to have to try these out on the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Seriously??!?!? When did it become legal??! I haven’t had absinthe in years!

  8. Faith, the Authoress

    Genius. And I have a bottle my husband brought back from Amsterdam. It is so on.

  9. Interesting idea. Absinthe used to be the visual artist’s liquor of choice in the early 1900s. Not really sure what the history behind it is but I recall reading that it was potent stuff.

  10. I like it! These are great looking cupcakes. Using Absinthe is so creative.

  11. i was recently studying absinthe (it was a drink for the poor man/working class/prostitutes and very cheap then) in 19th century French art and came across this post. Am loving it and intend to give it a try. Thanks for sharing – the cupcake looks mysterious and quite daunting, but i’d like to say the absinthe makes it very sexy, cheers.

  12. Jessy and her dog Winnie

    Those look really pretty! I bet they taste wonderful!

  13. Oh! I understand now… the comment button is ABOVE the blog… As I said on you Green Fairy Frosting blog…

    The sugar cube is a wonderful idea! It just looks so pretty and… well… structured. Its like a little diamond peeking from the frosting.

  14. Your cupcake has been chosen for ATC’s Weekly Cupcake Collection! Click the link to see more. Looking forward to your next cupcake creation!


  15. Matthew S. Urdan

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  16. Rachel, the cupcakes as Donna Hay refers is an adult flavour, with the additional of liqueur. I love how the top is almost dropping on the side of the cake. Lovely! Thank you for sending us your lovely entry on Cupcakes Spectacular 2008.


  17. Nice looking cupcakes. I have not tried absinthe yet and I will have to fix that.

  18. way to take advantage of absinthe’s comeback. and these look great, despite my last memory of absinthe being well… lets say not much of what happened is part of my memory

  19. Old post, I know, but if you like absinthe in sweets, try substituting absinthe for the whisky in hard sauce over bread pudding. I first tried this several years ago and never went back to Bourbon!

    Accurate historical absinthe information can be found at wormwoodsociety.org


  20. I made a vegan version that was a big hit! Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. OK, this might sound like a stupid question, but the alcohol DOES cook off and I CAN feed these to my daughter, right?

  22. Anon- I WOULD NOT ever feed these to a child. These are very potent cupcakes. It is a myth that all alcohol burns off during cooking. These cupcakes do not bake very long and have a large amount of a very strong alcohol.

  23. hi,
    i just baked these with the frosting and they were very good! just needed to add about 1/2 cup more flour on my end…otherwise very clever, tasty and good looking