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Whiskey Cupcakes Recipe with Chocolate

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This Whiskey Cupcakes recipe is the ultimate grown-up boozy dessert idea. You can’t go wrong with my Southern Comfort infused cupcakes! From-scratch Chocolate Cupcakes spiked with just a hint of Southern Comfort Whiskey are a fun cocktail cupcake idea to make for your next celebration.

Overhead view of frosting cupcakes with a dab of caramel and cocoa powder on the counter.
Let’s make this yummy Whiskey Cupcakes recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

This easy Whiskey Chocolate cupcake recipe starts with a fudgy chocolate cupcake base that’s super moist and almost chewy. YUM!

I used Southern Comfort whiskey in place of some of the milk. The result? Melt in your-mouth cupcakes that scream “Salud!”

Topped with a rich and fluffy boozy chocolate frosting and a thick drizzle of caramel these might be the best cupcakes you’ll ever make. 

I’ve never met a chocolate cupcake I didn’t like, but when you infuse it with a little Southern Comfort liqueur… it really takes the flavor to the next level.

Related: Bourbon Bundt Cake

These simple Southern Comfort alcohol-infused cupcakes are as delicious and indulgent as cupcakes can be.

As a cocktail lover who loves cupcakes, it’s natural that I would want to add alcohol to my cupcake batter.

It’s such a great way to add flavor to a basic cupcake recipe.

If you need a fun dessert idea for a 21st birthday party or other adult celebration, make these simple Whiskey Infused Cupcakes! The whiskey flavor pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate! 

Ingredients

A bowl with eggs and cake mix and a spatula.

For these whiskey cupcakes, you’ll need sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and Southern Comfort.

You can use any other whiskey or bourbon that you have already but I like Southern Comfort because it’s sweeter and has more flavor.

To make the frosting you’ll need a batch of my Very Best Vanilla Frosting, more cocoa powder and Southern Comfort, a pinch of both cinnamon and nutmeg, some caramel sauce, and some (optional, though they are rather yummy!) chocolate shavings for the garnish.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and set aside. 

Overhead view of chocolate cupcakes batter.

Make the Cupcakes

Step 1

In a bowl combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Add eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, Southern Comfort and water.

This is also where you make time to take a shot of SoCo. I mean, it just makes sense.

Step 2

Mix until everything is well incorporated and there are no lumps left.

Overhead view of a cupcakes tin with chocolate batter.

Step 3

Divide the batter between the cupcake liners and put in the oven. Bake for 18 minutes or until done.

Step 4

Remove from the oven and let them cool completely before frosting. 

A bowl of chocolate buttercream with Southern Comfort.

Prepare the Frosting

Step 1

In a bowl, whip up a batch of the Very Best Vanilla Frosting with cocoa powder, Southern Comfort, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Step 2

Transfer to a piping bag.

Close up of an unfrosted chocolate cupcakes on a table.

Step 3

Once cooled, frost the cupcakes with the whiskey spiked buttercream frosting.

The cinnamon and hint of nutmeg, amps up the chocolate flavor and give it just the right hint of warmness.

Overhead view of frosting chocolate cupcakes.

Step 4

Finish off these Whiskey Cupcakes with a generous caramel drizzle. This part is totally optional but I HIGHLY encourage that you add it.

Caramel helps to balance all the flavors and really compliments the fruity tones of Southern Comfort.

I like to frost my cupcakes, leaving a little low spot in the center to make a caramel pool. Yes, it’s just as delicious as it sounds. 

How to Infuse Chocolate Cupcakes with Southen Comfort

There are several ways to infuse a chocolate cupcake with whiskey in case you want to make this recipe even more grown-up!

  1. Add the liquor to the cake batter before baking, as I did here.
  2. Let a shot of alcohol soak into the warm cupcake after baking.
  3. Include a little pipette of liquor for the person enjoying the cupcake to add on their own. 
  4. You can include whiskey in the frosting, again as I have done here.

What is Southern Comfort?

What is Southern Comfort, you say? It has an interesting history.

For most of its life, it didn’t actually have any whiskey in it but was, in fact, a whiskey-flavored liqueur.

Liqueurs are typically flavored spirits that are sweetened and flavored. While I don’t usually love them in cocktails, they work really well in baked goods.

SoCo, as Southern Comfort alcohol is sometimes called, was purchased a few years ago by a larger liquor company and they planned to start adding whiskey to the secret formula.

So the bottle that is dusty and sitting in your cupboard may be liqueur. But the ones on the grocery store shelf could be whiskey.

Either way, it has some fruity and spice notes which make it a great pairing for just about any cupcake flavor.

If you love traditional chocolate cupcakes, you’re going to LOVE these Southern Comfort whiskey cupcakes even more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have any Southern Comfort to hand?

Don’t have Southern Comfort? Just use regular whiskey or bourbon instead.

Can I use store-bought caramel sauce, or should I make my own?

It is totally up to you! Store-bought caramel sauce is the easiest to use but if you have time and want to make the most delicious caramel/butterscotch sauce ever you totally should.

I made this caramel recipe for my ice cream sundae party and I dream about it.

Can I use pre-made chocolate shavings? How do I make my own shavings at home?

You can make your own chocolate shavings with this cute little tool or buy them ready-made.

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Chocolate cupcake with southern comfort frosting

Boozy Southern Comfort Cupcakes Recipe

Next time you think you need a cocktail, you might just need a boozy cupcake! These easy Southern Comfort Alcohol Infused Chocolate cupcakes are topped with a SoCo buttercream frosting and a decadent drizzle of caramel.
If you need a fun dessert idea for a 21st birthday party or other adult celebration, make these simple Whiskey Cupcakes!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
Calories: 164kcal
Servings: 13 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

For the Frosting

Instructions

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and set aside
  • In a bowl combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  • Add eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, Southern Comfort and water.
  • Mix until everything is well incorporated and there are no lumps left.
  • Divide the batter between the cupcake liners and take to the oven.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until done.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool completely before frosting.

To Make the Frosting:

  • In a bowl whip up the very best vanilla frosting.
  • Add cocoa powder, Southern Comfort, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Transfer to a piping bag.
  • Frost cupcakes and top with a caramel drizzle and some chocolate shavings.

Notes

Don’t skip the caramel drizzle and chocolate shavings! So good!
You’ll love the unique flavor the Southern Comfort infuses into these chocolate cupcakes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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