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Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes

Quick and easy Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes will be a hit at your next tailgating event or holiday party. With a splash of bourbon in the batter and in the frosting, these are adult-only cupcakes.

Bourbon ans Spice Cupcakes surrounded by pecan halves.

 

 

The frosting is a rich combination of mascarpone cheese, butter, and cream cheese flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and bourbon. It is one of the most delicious frostings ever and also tastes great on pumpkin cupcakes.

Bourbon Spice Cupcakes

These quick and easy Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes are a little boozy, but not overly so. The bourbon and the spices combine to make one delicious fall cupcake. I’ve added some chopped pecans to the batter. Pecans should be added to everything this time of year. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bourbon Spice Cupcakes

These quick and easy Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes are a little boozy, but not overly so. The bourbon and the spices combine to make one delicious fall cupcake. I’ve added some chopped pecans to the batter. Pecans should be added to everything this time of year. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you don’t like pecans, you could leave them out, or add chopped wlanuts.

Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes

Bourbon is one of the most versatile liquors to cook with. It adds great flavor to everything from baked beans to chili to pecan pie.

 

And what makes cooking with bourbon even better? A little sip here and a little sip there is perfectly permissible. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you cook or bake with liquors? Which is your favorite to use?

 

Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes

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Bourbon ans Spice Cupcakes surrounded by pecan halves.

Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes

Easy to make Bourbon Spice Cupcakes with a delicious mascarpone and cream cheese frosting.
PREP: 20 mins
COOK: 15 mins
SERVINGS: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix
  • water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on Spice Cake box
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Chopped pecans for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place paper liners in 24 muffin cups.
  • Prepare the spice cake mix according to directions on box, adding pecans and 2 tablespoons bourbon to the batter.
  • Divide batter between muffin cups and bake according to box directions. Cool completely.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, and mascarpone cheese on medium speed until smooth.
  • Add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time, beating until smooth.
  • Beat in bourbon, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Pipe or spread frosting onto cupcakes. Garnish with chopped pecans if desired.

Notes

This recipe makes a lot of frosting, but if you really pile on the frosting like I did it will only frost 12 cupcakes. Double recipe for 24.
The pecans can be left out or you can use chopped walnuts instead of pecans.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: fall, spice cupcakes

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Recipe Source: adapted from Betty Crocker

 

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17 thoughts on “Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes”

  1. Christina Bauer

    These were delicious! I round that the frosting was more than enough for 2 dozen cupcakes, but I also had to add 1 cup more sugar than you suggest to the frosting, or it tasted too buttery. In the end, these were a huge hit for my boyfriend’s birthday!

  2. Lillian @ Sugar and Cinnamon

    Oh my gosh these are so cute! I love the flavour combo it sounds delicious!

  3. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    You had me at bourbon! Shocking, right? Then you wrote mascarpone, and it was a done deal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. These sound amazing! That frosting looks so rich and creamy — the combination of mascarpone and cream cheese with spices really sounds delicious. A boozy cupcake sounds like a nice change of pace!

  5. Whoa baby, these look so good! My father-in-law would go nuts for these – he’s a huge bourbon fan to say the least : ) I love that you used mascarpone in the frosting too!

  6. These cupcakes look gorgeous Christin! The mascarpone cheese and spices in the frosting sound incredible and perfect for fall ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Just thinking about the flavor combination makes me swoon. They look beautiful.

  8. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    The mascarpone frosting sounds utterly amazing! And the pecans addition is lovely ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I love spiced cupcakes so I am wishing I had a couple of these cupcakes in front of me right now, yum!

  10. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Whoa! Bourbon in cupcakes? I’m all over it Christin! What a clever idea. Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Christin, what beautiful cupcakes. And they look amazingly delicious! Pinned!

  12. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    I am definitely down with some Bourbon cupcakes! These look delicious Christin! I love the pecans and marscapone in the frosting too! – Double yum!

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