Mint Julep Cupcakes

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, at room temperature
3 tablespoons minced fresh mint

derby frosting

Allow the mint to seep in the milk for at least 15 minutes. 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. Strain the milk into the bowl and add the bourbon 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 derby frosting.

My thoughts:

While Baltimore is the host of one of the races in the Triple Crown, the race at Pimlico isn’t linked in any way to interesting foods, drinks or genteel behavior. So I had to co-opt the Kentucky Derby where the signature drink is the mint julep and the ladies wear white dresses and giant hats in direct contrast to Baltimore’s Preakness, which is more of a frat house-esque beer fest. I digress, the mint julep is a simple cocktail consisting of just mint, sugar and bourbon which lends itself perfectly to cupcake making. I decided on a cream cheese based frosting so it wasn’t a total sugar fest but it is a sweet, minty and certainly very boozy cupcake.


  1. What a great idea! We’re doing a derby BBQ tomorrow and I’m totally going to make these πŸ˜€ Thank you!

  2. what a lovely little cupcake!! They sound delicious!! I love the little mint on the icing! cute! cute! cute!!

  3. When I read “minced fresh mint”, I thought it said “minced fresh meat” and started to click off this recipe. Mint sounds more appropriate. I will have to try these after I make nutella ice cream.

  4. By the way, Pyro to place.

  5. Mint Juleps are my #1 all-time favorite drink and well cupcakes… sheesh. Will you marry me?

  6. I see we both went the derby route!

    Good thing I don’t like mint or we probably would have ended up making the same thing again. πŸ™‚ These look great for mint lovers!

  7. Bourbon, bourbon, yum yum yum! I went to college in KY and had plenty a julep… but nothing like this! Very creative and looks oh so tasty!

  8. Hey, I saw you on “Handyman” today (Saturday), great job! Love the mailbox. How’s it working out for you now six months later?

  9. These were seriously awesome cupcakes. Made up quickly, easily and tastily and were a huge hit. My fellow couldn’t keep his hands off of them, and he doesn’t like sweets! He is, however, a native of KY.

    I will say, your recipe was the highlight of the Derby as I found Eight Belles (my pick) absolutely devastating.

    Keep up the lovely work.

  10. Anne: I am glad you enjoyed the show, but it actually wasn’t a very positive experience for us, most of the work fell apart just a few days after they left! Pretty much the only thing that survived was the mailbox (that I had already had!) and the sink.

    statutegotmehi: I am glad you and your friends enjoyed them!

  11. That is an astoudingly beautiful cupcake. I keep thinking we should develop something in Baltimore that would be a cupcake playing off the deservedly-famous crabcake – but I can’t think of a way to marry the tastes of crab and actual cake. Those two things don’t seem to go together too well to me….maybe I lack imagination…. πŸ™‚

  12. wow, mint julep cupcakes sound delish!!

  13. This may be a little late but Preakness does have a signature drink, the Black Eyed Susan.

  14. Anon: I know, it just isn’t very appealing.