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Mint Julep Cupcakes

Mint Juleps are a “must serve” at any Kentucky Derby party, right? Well, now there’s another fun way to serve this traditional Derby favorite: sweeten up the party with tasty Mint Julep Cupcakes – cleverly garnished with short straws and fresh mint leaves, of course!

We made these cupcakes for a local news segment today… and they were a hit! The recipe is adapted from Cooking & Booking and was first discovered via YumSugar. Even though the recipe calls for a full cup of alcohol, (1/2 c each Creme de Menthe and bourbon or whisky), the flavor of the cupcakes isn’t strong on the alcohol at all. Instead, it’s more of a sweet, buttery vibe with a subtle minty kick. Bake them in silver foil cupcake liners for that “silver julep cup” vibe. (Full recipe below. Enjoy!)

Mint Julep Cupcakes


{adapted from Cooking and Booking}


1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
4 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup bourbon (or whiskey)
1/2 cup Creme de Menthe

3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mint extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted



Preheat the oven to 350º F, and grease or line 30 cupcake cups.

Combine salt, baking powder, and 1 3/4 cups of the flour. Beat butter, sugar, eggs, and extracts in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Add the milk and liquors to the batter, then the rest of the flour (1 cup). Mix as little as possible, just until the batter comes together. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.

Combine the powdered sugar, salt, extracts and melted butter and beat until creamy. Gradually add milk until the texture is right for piping. When the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe or spread the icing on top. Garnish with cake sparkles or sprinkles, a straw (trimmed to size), and mint leaves.



  1. Sprout April 27, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Oh goodie! I needed another way to use the green creme de menthe I keep around for grasshopper pie!

    • Heather P May 19, 2011 at 7:15 am

      Do you mind sharing your grasshopper pie recipe?? I, too, will be needing a reason for using the creme de menthe

  2. Little Miss Cupcake April 27, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Wow! These look and sound divine! Bottoms up!

  3. amy@stem April 27, 2009 at 5:29 am


  4. Jaime April 27, 2009 at 6:44 am

    I’m definitely going to have to find a good excuse to use this recipe! Looks delicious!

  5. Kelly April 27, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I’m having a Kentucky Derby party this weekend. These will be a perfect addition! Thanks!

  6. Joanna @lets entertain April 27, 2009 at 8:55 am

    These look great!

  7. Erin April 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Ready for a bit of craziness? Ok, I spotted those cupcakes on Yumsugar last year, when they posted the link. The link only took you to a flickr page. I then googled and found THAT recipe, and sent it to Yumsugar. I’m Uptown Girl that Yumsugar mentions in the post! Haha… It’s a crazy world, this internet!

    I’ve been saving that link for a WHOLE YEAR, and I’m actually making those cupcakes TONIGHT in honor of the Derby!

  8. Davids April 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Is green the color of the year? I have been seeing it a lot this year.

  9. Jess @ The Finer Things April 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

    This look amazing– I’m loving the little “straws” …By the way– saw your Twilight party and was totally charmed by the Type A Type B wine bottles– very cute idea!

  10. Donna April 28, 2009 at 10:19 am
  11. Tara Cornelius April 29, 2009 at 8:35 am

    These look delicious! I’ll add them to my list for Kentucky Derby Day.

  12. fresh365 April 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    mmm… I’m usually not a big cupcake person, but I have really been enjoying mint lately and will try these!

  13. Erin April 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I made these! Here they are are my blog!

  14. Cate O'Malley May 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Love them!

  15. capow May 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I made these last night for the Derby later today. I admit, I “tested” one before putting the rest away for later….They are DELICIOUS!

  16. Cathy May 3, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I made these yesterday and they are DELICIOUS! Only, I didn’t get 30 cupcakes out of the recipe, I got 24. And the icing was just enough for 24 cupcakes. Maybe I’m a little too liberal with my cupcake sizes and icing? :-)

    They were a huge hit at the Dos de Mayo party I went to!

  17. jenn s. May 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I’m actually with you, Cathy – the original recipe actually called for 36 cupcakes, but they came out really small for us so I modified the recipe to say 30, but I probably should’ve said 24-30. We also ran out of icing… I like to be generous with that part too!! :)

    Erin – thanks for sharing your post – the cupcakes look like they turned out great!

    Jess – thanks for the sweet comment about the Twilight drink labels!

  18. Rachel June 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the link and the credit – I’m so glad you liked the cupcakes!

  19. Linda Fride September 10, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Nice Cupcakes !!!

    This sunday i tried elenis Ny cupcakes in manhattan with custom image of my choice and those are amazing i would like to share with you people if you are looking for tasty and beautiful cupcakes then visit them online where you can create your own cupcakes as well



  20. Kalin March 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

    These cupcakes are awesome! The recipe gave me a little over 32 cupcakes too! Thank you soooo sooo much!

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    I’m curious if anyone tried using the creme de menthe in the icing, too. Instead of the mint and some of the vanilla extracts? Or a bourbon buttercream? They look and sound so good…looking for a way to kick it up a notch maybe (or are they perfect as is?)

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      There are some similar recipies that add shortening and bourbon to the frosting. I’m going to try a butter cream (more butter) and add the mint extract.

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    Is green the color of the year? I have been seeing it a lot this year.

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