I helped with a Kentucky Derby party at a historic home in St Louis with ties to the Derby and was tasked with mint julep cupcakes. I enlisted my friend Jordan to help and after taste testing the cupcakes (and of course the bourbon), we have declared this a winner! It is the perfect treat for Derby day and they were easy to make. The hardest part was finding the Creme de Menthe, which I eventually found at a liquor store after having five grocery store employees help me look without success.
The Creme de Menthe was $8 and I chose Bird dog for my bourbon, which was $25. I may or may not have chosen it for the dog on the label, but the liquor store lady also recommended it. I am a wine and beer kind of girl, so by all means, buy the bourbon that tickles your fancy. I made 60 cupcakes, so I made two batches, but the directions below will result in a more manageable 30 cupcakes. I added mint leaves for the garnish and I have to say this is one of my new favorite recipes!
I’ve added photos from the party to hopefully inspire your Derby event for next year. Oakland House was home to Aristides, the winner of the first Kentucky Derby. The house is a completely restored mansion built in 1853 by Louis A. Benoist, a pioneer banker. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the U.S. Department of Interior in the Library of Congress.
MINT JULEP CUPCAKES
Recipe via Cupcake Wars
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon mint extract
2 3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3/4 cup bourbon (or whiskey)
1/4 cup clear Crème de Menthe
Bourbon and Mint Frosting:
1 Cup Butter – Room Temperature
1/3 cup Bourbon
¼ cup Green Crème de Menthe
Dash of Salt
4 cups Powdered Sugar
Fresh Mint for Garnish
Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees (F).
Whisk salt, baking powder, and 1 3/4 cups of the flour.
Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and extracts in a large mixing bowl until creamy (make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl). 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 until the batter comes together.
Fill paper lined cupcake pan with large ice cream scoop.
Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 18 to 20 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
Place on wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
Bourbon and Mint Frosting:
With paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth.
Add salt and 2 cups powdered sugar.
Slowly beat in until smooth, add Bourbon and Crème de Menthe and mix on low speed.
Add remaining sugar until smooth.
Adjust sugar for consistency variances depending on desired outcome of frosting.