Laurie Lenartowicz Recipe

"Kicked" in the Mud Cupcakes

By Laurie Lenartowicz llenartowicz

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Laurie's Story

These are not your children's bake sale cupcakes. I make these for adults who like the little kick of Bourbon and Khalua with their chocolate.
I start with a cake mix which makes it super simple and end with a homemade "adults only" buttercream icing. You could always make them without the liquor using water in the cake mix and milk in the icing but why bother? Serve them at your next adult dinner to those guests who like to imbibe.
I'm making them for Father's Day this year for the men in our lives to enjoy.


1 box
devil's food cake mix
3 large
1/2 c
canola oil
2 Tbsp
sour cream
1/4 c
1/2 c
khalua liquor
1/2 c
6 Tbsp
butter, softened
3 Tbsp
4 Tbsp
milk or half n' half
1-2 Tbsp
bourbon (depending on taste)
1 Tbsp
1/8 c
unsweetened cocoa powder
3 c
powdered sugar
optional crushed cookies, candy, nuts, marshmallows or melted chocolate.

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with paper or foil liners. I usually get 20 out of this mixture.
In a large mixing bowl, add cake mix, eggs, sour cream, oil, water, bourbon and khalua.
Mix together on low for 30 seconds with electric mixer. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
Spoon cake mix into cupcake liners about 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cakes test done with toothpick. Remove to cooling rack until completely cooled.
Prepare the icing. In a mixing bowl or bowl of your electric kitchen mixer, cream together butter and shortening until fluffy. Add in liquors and mix well. Mix in the cocoa powder. Beat in the sugar and milk a little at a time until all combined. Beat on high speed for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and slightly glossy.
Place frosting into a piping bag with desired frosting tip. Pipe icing onto cupcakes in a swirled pattern. If you don't have a piping bag with tip, use a knife or frosting spatula to frost the cupcakes.
Decorate as desired. I used crushed chocolate cookies on the cupcakes in the picture. You can also melt and drizzle chocolate on top of the icing or add nuts, chopped candy bars or marshmallow.
Enjoy these carefully!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Hashtags: #bourbon, #Cupcakes, #Khalua

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Laurie Lenartowicz llenartowicz
Jun 18, 2012
That sounds really good! I may try that myself. A little powdered sugar on top. Yeah, that sounds right. Thanks and I'm glad you liked the recipe.
Carmen Southall-Wamhoff yayummy
Jun 18, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Carmen Southall-Wamhoff yayummy
Jun 18, 2012
Laurie I made this in a fluted pan and used the only bourbon I had in the house (Wild turkey American Honey). It was sooo good, did not make icing and it was just great without it, Thanks so much for sharing next time I will make the frosting. I let it cook 35mins and did toothpick test. This cook is happy.
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
Jun 16, 2012
ooooh my...saved