Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes

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Bourbon 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 Spice Cupcakes

The frosting is a rich combination of mascarponeย cheese, butter, and cream cheese flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and bourbon. It is one of the most delicious frostings ever!

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

Bourbon Spice Cupcakes

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 Spice Cupcakes


Bourbon Spice Cupcakes

Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes

Easy to make Bourbon Spice Cupcakes with a delicious mascarpone cheese frosting.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Servings: 24


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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.

Recipe Source: adapted from Betty Crocker

Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes

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17 thoughts on “Bourbon and Spice Cupcakes

  1. 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. 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!

  3. 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!

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