Jack Daniels Cupcakes

19 Jan

Ok, I don’t always make boozy cupcakes, but when I do, it’s for a special occasion– and this is a really good one! My little brother is turning 21, y’all! Well, turned…yesterday. And by little, I mean he’s a 6 foot 4 inch kayak-slinging, rock climbing, fire fighting giant. These cupcakes are in his honor.


While these cupcakes were baking, I tried to come up with appropriate nicknames to commemorate the event. “Old Enough to Party Cakes” came to mind, along with “Hair of the Dog Cupcakes” (it is the day after his 21st birthday).

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The equal parts whiskey and strong coffee in the cake give a kick-in-the-butt wake up, while the chocolate buttercream is a sweet, soothing complement. Fire and ice, baby! I won’t lie, I did have one for breakfast. I did Eat Cake for Breakfast…


Sorry, enough about me. And now, for the recipe! My cousin had sent me this recipe from the home of all things matrimony and beauty, Style Me Pretty! If you enjoy the flavor of whiskey and have a taste for sultry chocolate, I recommend these cupcakes for any special occasion!


Jack Daniels Cupcakes

Yields 12 cupcakes


1 cup flour

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 egg, room temp

1/4 cup strong coffee

1/4 cup Jack Daniels (or whiskey of choice)

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil


3 tbsp butter

2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 1/3 cups powdered sugar

3 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until mixed.

In separate bowl, mix together egg, coffee, whiskey, buttermilk and vegetable oil. Slowly pour wet into dry ingredients and mix well. Pour each cupcake liner 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes, or until knife inserted comes out clean.

While your cupcakes cool, cream butter in stand mixer with whisk attachment until fluffy, about 2 minutes. While mixing, sift together cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to the mixer, starting and ending with the flour. Once incorporated, add vanilla and mix on high until frosting is light and fluffy. If frosting is too thick, add more milk. If frosting is too soft, add cocoa powder/powdered sugar (but adding only powdered sugar can make it too sweet!).

Frost and enjoy!


1.5 hours



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