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A chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, crunchy walnut topping, and a bottle of milk in the background

Small Batch Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes

sara a.
A small batch recipe for four chocolate cupcakes that are spiked with bourbon!
4.91 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cupcakes
Calories 263 kcal


For the Cupcakes ::

  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt or 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. Bourbon
  • 2 tbsp. Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp. Cold Coffee
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil

For the Walnut Topping ::

  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Walnuts (preferably toasted walnuts)
  • 2 tsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon Sugar


For the Cupcakes ::

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place four cupcake liners into four separate wells of a cupcake tin, and spray the liners with baking spray. Fill the empty cupcake wells halfway with water. Set aside.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon) together in a medium bowl.
  • Mix the wet ingredients (bourbon, milk, maple syrup, cold coffee, vanilla, and vegetable oil) together in a larger bowl. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until fully combined.
  • Divide the cupcake batter between the cupcake liners, and bake at 350 F for 15-17 minutes.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the cupcake tin for five minutes. Transfer them to a wire baking rack, and allow to cool completely.

For the Topping ::

  • Finely chop the walnuts. In a small bowl, stir the walnuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon sugar together until completely combined.
  • Top the cupcakes each with chocolate frosting, then with at least a tablespoon of the walnut mixture. Add more frosting or walnuts as desired!



Serving: 1cupcakeCalories: 263kcal
Keyword Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes
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