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Boozy Bourbon Cupcakes

Boozy Bourbon Cupcakes are the perfect cupcake for bourbon lovers! Bourbon is in the batter, brushed over the cupcakes and in the frosting!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boozy bourbon cupcakes, bourbon cupcakes, bourbon cupcakes from cake mix, whiskey cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 279kcal



  • 15.25 oz box cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 1 ½ tablespoon bourbon

Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt



  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake pans with paper liners. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, add the boxed cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs (or ingredients as instructed on the back of the box) along with the bourbon and vanilla. Mix until smooth. (The batter may look runny because of the bourbon, this is okay.)
  • Divide the batter into the prepared cupcake pans, filling each cavity no more than ⅔ of the way full.
  • Bake according to box directions, approximately 19-21 minutes.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to let cool.


  • Once cooled slightly, poke the tops of the cupcakes with a toothpick and use a pastry brush to brush bourbon over them.

Buttercream Frosting

  • Add the butter to a stand mixer bowl and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until the butter is light and fluffy.
  • Add in the powdered sugar ½ to 1 cup at a time until fully combined.
  • Then add in the bourbon, salt and milk and mix until combined. If your frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Transfer frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.
  • Optionally, fill Shot Tops with bourbon and place into the frosting. Or decorate with sprinkles.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 507IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg