How to Make Cupcakes With Alcohol (3 Recipes)

Updated on January 18, 2020
Spiked Raspberry-Lemon Cupcakes
Spiked Raspberry-Lemon Cupcakes

The Perfect Treat for an Adult Get-Together

Expecting company or just want to contribute something unique to the party? How about adding some grown-up cupcakes? These aren't your grandmother's typical cupcakes; they are alcoholic cupcakes.

That's right. These are infused with alcohol to create a delicious treat for a more refined and mature palette. Cupcakes are always a hit wherever they can be found, and these will be too. Treat your pals to some adult confections, sit back, and let the fun begin!

Alcoholic Cupcake Recipes

  • Spiked Raspberry-Lemon Cupcakes
  • Bourbon Spice Cupcake With Bourbon Glaze
  • Mudslide Cupcakes With Kahlua

Spiked Raspberry-Lemon Cupcakes

This one gives your guests a cool refreshing feeling. It's like laying back, relaxing and enjoying good times.



  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbs raspberry liqueur
  • 2 tsp finely shredded lemon zest
  • Red food coloring


  • 7-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs raspberry liqueur
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Red food coloring



  1. Preheat Oven to 350.
  2. Line or spray cupcake pan.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to butter and mix until satisfied.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat together flour, sugar, butter, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, buttermilk, and raspberry liqueur until smooth.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat softened butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar.
  2. Add liqueur, food coloring, and milk.
  3. Mix in remaining powdered sugar until smooth.


  1. Garnish with fresh raspberry and/or lemon wedge.

Bourbon Spice Cupcake With Bourbon Glaze
Bourbon Spice Cupcake With Bourbon Glaze

Bourbon Spice Cupcake With Bourbon Glaze

Here is a delicious cupcake made just for adults. It carries a kick of bourbon but doesn't taste too boozy.



  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • Ingredients called for on cake box
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 8-ounces softened mascarpone cheese
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Bourbon Glaze:

  • 1/3 heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1-1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt



  1. Pre-heat over to 350 and prepare spice cake as instructed on the box, blending in the 2 tablespoons of bourbon.
  2. Set up cupcake liners or grease pan.
  3. Go ahead and start cooking those.


  1. Beat together the mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, and butter until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar slowly.
  3. mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, and bourbon. Beat until smooth.

Bourbon Glaze:

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the butter, bourbon, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt together. Cook on medium heat until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. Turn the heat up to high and add your heavy cream. Let this come to a boil while you stir for about a minute.
  2. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla and powdered sugar, stirring until fully blended together.
  3. Allow the glaze to thicken up to a warm coating level, then drizzle over frosted cupcakes.

Mudslide Cupcakes

Have a love of chocolate? You'll love this decadent cupcake.



  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup Kahlua
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup coffee (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter


  • 6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs coffee (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 6 cups sifted brown sugar



  1. Preheat over to 350.
  2. Line or spray your pan.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together cocoa and flour.
  4. Beat egg whites until foamy; add sugar.
  5. Mix brown sugar, butter, coffee, Kahlua, and flour/cocoa mixture.
  6. Fold in egg whites.


  1. Mix powdered sugar and butter.
  2. Add in Kahlua, cocoa powder, and coffee.
  3. Beat until smooth and fluffy.

Decorate as You See Fit

One of the best parts of making cupcakes is decorating them. Everyone does it differently so be sure to add your own flair to them. Have fun with it, try something new. Make them look elegant and beautiful, or fun and down to earth. Decorate with garnishments if you like.

There are so many ways to decorate your cupcakes that you should never get bored or serve bland and boring food. Use your own judgment and enjoy finding your very own style. Chances are very good that you will impress your guests and have them asking for recipes.

Happy baking!

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    • Spanish Food profile image

      Lena Durante 

      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Raspberry is such a nice bright flavor for dessert, especially with the lemon. I bet these would be a big hit at a summer barbecue.


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