Bourbon Cupcake Recipe with Bacon, Maple & Vanilla

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Who said cupcakes are just for kids? In this post, we’ll introduce you to a delightful bourbon cupcake recipe that’s perfect for adults. Combining the rich flavors of bacon, maple, and vanilla, this recipe takes cupcakes to a whole new level.

So, if you’re looking for a dessert that’s not just sweet, but also has a kick of bourbon taste, then keep on reading.

The Making of a Bourbon Cupcake Recipe

glass of bourbon with cupcakes and batter

The beauty of this bourbon cupcake recipe lies in the complexity of its flavors. You might be wondering how cupcakes and bacon can go together. But trust us, it’s a perfect combination that you’ll definitely want to try.

And when topped with bourbon buttercream, it becomes the ultimate treat for any special occasion or just a regular father’s day.

Ensuring Perfect Cupcakes

bourbon cupcake with bacon bits

Creating the perfect cupcakes involves more than just following a cupcake recipe. It’s about using quality ingredients and not skipping steps in the process. Always use fresh ingredients, including cocoa powder, vanilla extract (or one of our recommended vanilla extract substitutes), and real maple syrup for this recipe (or a maple syrup substitute).

And don’t forget the cupcake liners! These are essential for achieving that professional cupcake form.

Preparing the Cupcake Batter

The key to making fluffy cupcakes is to properly prepare the cupcake batter. Always start with your dry ingredients, including the cake mix and baking powder, in a large bowl. Combine these before adding the wet ingredients, such as the vegetable oil, sour cream, and egg whites, all at room temperature. Using an electric mixer at medium speed will ensure a smooth batter.

Cooking the Bacon

Cooking bacon in a nonstick pan

Bacon in a cupcake? Yes, you read that right! Our bourbon cupcake recipe wouldn’t be complete without crispy bacon bits. Cook the bacon on a baking sheet in a medium-high heat oven until it’s crispy. Once it’s done, sprinkle it with a pinch of sea salt for an extra flavor kick. This salty, smoky element will perfectly contrast the sweetness of the cupcake.

Whipping bourbon buttercream in a bowl of a stand mixer

The star of this boozy bourbon cupcakes recipe is the bourbon buttercream. To make this, you’ll need to cream butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Gradually add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a dash of Maker’s Mark or your favorite bourbon. Whip on high speed until you get a fluffy frosting. Remember to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.

Once your cupcakes are cooled, it’s time to assemble them. Using a piping bag, pipe the bourbon buttercream on top of each cupcake. Then, sprinkle the crispy bacon bits on top. The combination of the soft, fluffy frosting, the moist cupcake, and the crispy bacon makes these bourbon vanilla cupcakes a truly indulgent treat.

Enjoying Your Bourbon Cupcakes

bourbon cupcakes on a platter


There you have it – a bourbon cupcake recipe that’s not just your ordinary cupcake. It’s a blend of sweet, salty, and boozy that’s perfect for any occasion. So why not try this new cupcake recipe for your next baking project? Who knows, it might just become your new favorite!

In case you need it, check out our guide for storing bacon in the fridge.

Bourbon-Infused Cupcakes: A Sweet Treat with a Spirited Twist Recipe

Bourbon-Infused Cupcakes: A Sweet Treat with a Spirited Twist Recipe

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This is a recipe for bourbon-infused cupcakes, a delightful sweet treat with a spirited twist. Perfect for adult parties or special occasions, these cupcakes offer a unique blend of sweet and savory flavors with a kick of bourbon.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup bourbon for glaze
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for glaze
  • 1 cup unsalted butter for frosting
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp bourbon for frosting
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract for frosting


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the softened butter, buttermilk, bourbon, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  5. Distribute the batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the bourbon glaze. In a small saucepan, combine the bourbon and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  8. Once the cupcakes have cooled, brush the tops with the bourbon glaze. Allow the glaze to soak in and dry for about 10 minutes.
  9. While waiting for the glaze to dry, prepare the bourbon buttercream frosting. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, bourbon, and vanilla extract, beating until light and fluffy.
  10. Pipe the bourbon buttercream frosting onto the cupcakes using a piping bag and tip.
  11. Serve and enjoy these delightful bourbon-infused cupcakes!


These cupcakes do contain alcohol, so they are meant for adult consumption. They're perfect for a special occasion or just when you're in the mood for a treat with a little kick! Enjoy responsibly!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 38gNet Carbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 3g
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