Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cupcake Recipe – Cupcake Wars

5 Jan

My Display at the Kentucky Derby on the Red Carpet w/Mint Julep Cupcakes


I have had a lot of requests for the recipes on my Food Network’s Cupcake Wars episode, especially the Mint Julep Cupcake!  I am honored by all of your requests and I am truly sorry it has taken a bit to post some.  As most of you know, I have been a busy girl opening my first store front location in Glendale, Ca.  Actually I think I saw a lot of you there!!  That night was incredibly magical and I owe it to each and every one of you who have supported me and indulged in my hand crafted cupcakes!  It has been a real dream come true to be able to open my store front and bake for all of you.  It has definitely been quite a challenge.  Who knew about all these things – schedules, what time to be open, what days to be open, delivery or not, etc…there has definitely been a lot of learning going on over here on owning your own cupcakery but I am intrigued and I have been blessed to have amazing fans such as yourself who have given advice or even just been patient with us through our growing process.  THANK YOU!

Without further ado… here is the Mint Julep recipe from our Cupcake Wars episode!  This gives you plenty of time before the next Kentucky Derby on the May 5th, 2012 – 131 days to be exact!  Happy Baking and please let me know if you have any questions or even share some of your experience with the recipe and pictures!!


Winning Cupcake from Cupcake Wars - Mint Julep

Mint Julep Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon mint extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 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 Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Butter – Room Temperature
  • 1/3 cup Bourbon (or whiskey)
  • ¼ cup Green Crème de Menthe
  • Dash of Salt
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar

Extra Ingredients:

  • A little extra Bourbon for Soaking
  • Fresh Mint for Garnish (or a chocolate mint)



Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees (F).  Place 36 liners in a cupcake pans.  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.

When cooled and before frosting, brush extra bourbon over the tops of all cupcakes to give a little added kick of bourbon.

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.  Frost.  Garnish with fresh mint leaf or chocolate mint mold.  I also like to add a little green disco dust to make it glitter!

Here are a few photos from my experience…. Hope you enjoy!

My Display for Kentucky Derby on Cupcake Wars that took the win!

Bonnie Jill Laflin and me at the 137th Kentucky Derby!

Maria Menounos enjoying one of our Cupcakes at the Kentucky Derby 2011


8 Responses to “Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cupcake Recipe – Cupcake Wars”

  1. XOXO May 4, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Mine turned out more like muffins than cupcakes. 😦

    • Goodie Girls May 4, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      Oh no! That is very bizarre. We have been doing this same recipe this entire week for Derby week at our store and they all come out very moist and “cupcakey”. There are few causes that may have happened. 1 – there was too much flour added (make sure you are not packing the flour into the cups). 2 – There was a shortage of liquid possibly? Are you sure you added the correct amount of liquid? 1 full cup of milk, 3/4 cup of bourbon and another 1/4 cup of creme de menthe. 3 – You may have overbeat the batter after you added the flour mixture. If you overbeat the batter, it will cause it to dry and bake like a muffin.

      Hope these tips help for the next batch!

  2. Countrygirl February 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Well here we are getting ready for the Carolina Cup (our version of the Kentucky Derby??) and I would like to make these in the mini-cupcake size. How many should I expect this recipe to make and do you have any suggestion as to baking time? Much thanks.

  3. Tg March 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    What size cupcakes did you use?

  4. Jenn March 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Do you deliver for derby 2013 to Pennsylvania? My skills will never match yours and with 22 month old twins having a derby party is already pushing me…


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