Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle

These Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle are filled with boozy goodness. In the cupcake, in the frosting and in the drizzle!

 Closeup of Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle from a Spoon In a Metallic Cupcake Liner

If you think this is a stretch for my Friday Cocktails, then you didn’t see just how much booze I’ve put into these Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle! It’s everywhere I tell ya!

Booze in the cake, even more in the frosting and then because I wasn’t sure that was quite enough I thought an extra touch with a drizzle would be necessary.

I think I had the idea to do this but I’m not sure…Jessica posted  these Bacon Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting + a Bourbon Drizzle (were those a homage to Elvis or what?) last week. But it was sort of an over the top addition that we all loved.

Trio of Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes on a Serving Plate

I made these Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes for my daughter Lauren. Her birthday is tomorrow. Thirty years!!! How on earth does a 39 year old woman have a child who is 30? Talk about a miracle huh? But the real miracle is my girl. My sweet girl who was just living her life like so many of us when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The same girl who was so afraid of strangers that I used customer service at grocery stores to get her used to them. I would have her go to the Customer Service desk and ask them a question about where we could find something, always urging her to remember that the WORST thing that could ever happen is they would not know. I know it seemed a silly task but it helped.

As she got a bit older those days were a thing of the past and my adolescent girl would take off on her own; shopping with mom was embarrassing. I guess I showed her…if she got too far awry and was nowhere to be seen when I was ready to leave a store; I would have the checkout person call her on the intercom.

As much as she hated that; she obviously hated walking the aisles with me more because I remember doing that on several occasions! ‘Would Lauren Kiebel please come to the checkout; your mom is waiting!’

There were fun times too; funny I never stopped to think until just now if she had a clue how nervous I was when I agreed to be the coach of her girls soccer team when she was in elementary school. I did not have a CLUE how the game was played but they needed an assistant coach and I volunteered.

I remember thinking how brave she was then too; she volunteered to be the goalie and she was so good at that…that height business really helped!

Lauren the Warrior Princess

She has weathered her share of heartache over the years too; her best friend dying three years after a lightning bolt rendered her physically and mentally incapacitated, the pain of a distant father; going through high school a bit too tall and with a bit less social life than she would have liked.

But those things have made her stronger too and I love this photo a friend of hers took. I see this great warrior princess; unashamed that her hair is gone and still looking fierce.

There is no doubt that it was that reservoir of strength that has helped see her through this with a strength of purpose that has not gone un-noticed. She has risen to the challenge of showing cancer who is boss!

She was determined to not give in or give up and has found herself in a role where others now see her so admirably for her abject determination to fight this fight with humor and determination and a positive spirit.

And the best part. She won! Chemo worked, the lump is gone. Surgery to scrape the area around the lump, remove a couple of lymph nodes and remove her port (what she called ‘her creature’) is complete and she has been declared cancer free!! Is there a way I can add sound to those two words? Maybe this would say it better?

CANCER FREE!!

Just as parents aren’t supposed to lose their children, we also aren’t supposed to see them go through something like this. But she did and it has changed her. When just months ago losing her luxurious long hair was heart breaking she now thinks she just might keep it shorter (which I LOVE!).

She is unsure of her job future since losing her job (can you believe cancer was a pain for her boss to deal with?) but she’s working on plans and I just know something positive will come of that too. She was meant for greater things and we’re just not sure yet exactly what that is…but I can’t wait to see! In the meantime? We have a pretty important birthday to celebrate don’t we?

Update: Good things do happen to deserving people. While working in a temporary position for E-bags she gained some priceless experience and was recruited from her LinkedIn profile for a job with Zappos in Las Vegas. After 18 months there another offer came from Ebay in San Jose, CA and she is  living the dream…she loved Zappos but Vegas is no place to live and the San Francisco area was a dream destination.

HURRAH!! Another update? As of late 2018 she has joined Facebook in San Jose, CA. We may curse at FB sometimes but wow is it a fantastic place for her to work!

Closeup of Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle from a Spoon

It’s not like cupcakes with whiskey could be called Lauren’s favorite for her birthday. I’m not sure she has ever indicated a true favorite cake; most birthdays were a relatively basic cake, it was all about the frosting and the decorating.

I remember years of shapes and frostings and making anything from a bubble gum machine to a Care Bears cake to ballet shoes so these are definitely a treat for a woman.

She may be my girl but she is not a girl…and this woman deserves this amazing cupcake! So these pups have honey whiskey in the cake, frosting with more…and well, they are decorated with drizzled honey whiskey; I mean how perfect is that?

Closeup of Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle from a Spoon In a Metallic Cupcake Liner in Front of a Bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey

By the way…I have not tried using this for a cocktail; it’s just SO perfect for something like this and that’s why I bought it. It’s not a whiskey infused with honey; instead it’s whiskey with honey liqueur and it’s simply delicious!

Guess I’ll have to give a cocktail shout out one day soon but in the meantime…won’t you join me in wishing Lauren a VERY Happy Birthday? Love you sweetie and have a wonderful week with your girlfriends up in Summit County!!

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Closeup of Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle from a Spoon In a Metallic Cupcake Liner in Front of a Bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle

A rich cupcake with Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey in the cake, the frosting, and the drizzle. They are out of this world!

Course Whiskey
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 675 kcal
Author Barb

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 3 Tbsp Milk

For the Boozy Drizzle:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream as much as needed to get correct consistency

Instructions

  1. To Make the Cupcakes
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix just to incorporate.
  5. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Add to the wet mixture and beat until just combined.
  6. Add the whiskey and milk until just combined.
  7. Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners and divide batter evenly into cups; approximately 2/3 full for each cup.
  8. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes; test with a toothpick; the top will be firm so make sure the inside is cooked through.
  9. Cool completely on a wire cake cooling rack before frosting.
  10. To Make the Boozy Drizzle
  11. Add all ingredients together in a small pan, bring to a boil and boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool before drizzling on cupcakes.
  12. To Make the Buttercream Frosting
  13. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar.
  14. Add the vanilla and Jack Daniels Honey and combine thoroughly.
  15. Add the cream a Tbsp at a time until your frosting is very light and fluffy and the correct consistency.
  16. Using a large serrated icing tip, pipe the frosting onto cupcakes.
  17. Garnish with the Boozy Drizzle.

CHEERS!!

Nutrition Facts
Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle
Amount Per Serving (1 grams)
Calories 675
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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252 Comments

  1. Amazing post. Thanks for sharing your daughters story. One of strength and courage 💕. Blessings to you both- and oh yeah thanks for the recipe can’t wait to try these out!

    1. Thank you Michelle. It was a really difficult thing to go through when it’s your baby but she’s strong and healthy and has a great job in San Francisco so seems to have come out of it without repercussions, thank goodness.

    1. It’s really not the same thing and you will have a much higher alcohol content in your finished dessert. The honey liqueur is just that it is a honey liqueur with some Jack Daniels in it. Since I haven’t made it any other way it’s difficult for me to say exactly how you should but I would probably combine some honey with some Jack Daniels before I would use straight Jack daniels.

  2. I’m making these cupcakes and was wondering what the consistency of the batter is suppose to be it’s seeming alittle to thick but I don’t know how to fix that without putting to much heavy cream in it?

    1. This dough is a bit stiffer than a normal batter but it’s very hard for me to tell if you should actually be changing the recipe. If you really think it needs to be thinner, add a small amount of water in increments until you develop a batter that works better for you.

  3. Would I double the recipe to make a 2 layer 8in round cake? Looking to do something awesome for my boyfriend’s 30th!

  4. I attempted these because I had little bottles of the whiskey in the house left over from Christmas. They were amazing! They did take all day to make because of the cooling steps but they were worth it. They looked bakery proffesional according to my friends who thought I bought them. Very delish recipe thank you!

  5. OMG these are delicious. I don’t understand where some people taste the whiskey in the cupcakes. None of us did. We just tasted the goodness. In fact, I sprinkled powdered sugar on one and gave one to my granddaughter. Now the icing and the drizzle, those are different. Just plain yummy. I will definitely make these for our next Red Hat dinner. ?

  6. I enjoyed the cake and the drizzle…but not the frosting. It didn’t turn out crazy and fluffy…it was an odd combo of creamy and gritty. How do you get 4 cups of powdered sugar to blend into 1 cup of butter, the cream and whiskey?

    1. It’s always difficult to tell what you might have done differently than I did Stacy but if your frosting was gritty I’m thinking the powdered sugar was not beaten into the butter well enough; that might have created a gritty mouthfeel but it sounds more typical of not combining butter and granulated sugar…powdered sugar does not typically feel gritty.

      That ratio is pretty standard; that’s why the cream is added last; to insure that you only add enough that’s warranted for the right consistency.

      1. Thanks for the reply. It was definitely powdered sugar. Maybe it just needed to be combined longer than I di, because we kept adding cream hoping to smooth it out. Guess I’ll have to try again!

        1. A trick i found with frosting is To get it going and then walk away After longer than stated test a bit If still a git gritty Leave again Go have a cuppa and enjoy the sun while it does its magic

    2. I know this comment was posted a year ago but I just wanted to add…always sift your powdered sugar before using in your frosting (or anything for that matter! It really does make a difference, especially if you didn’t cream the sugar & butter long enough. I was the pastry chef at a private golf club & trust me I’ve made that mistake many times trying to rush & it’s never worked out lol…I hope you’ve remedied the situation & have enjoyed these luscious cupcakes since then Stacy! Happy New Year & thank you Barb for a wonderful recipe ? continued love & good health to your daughter…?

  7. So excited to try this recipe for a special guy’s birthday! I want to use peanut butter whiskey, do you think that needs to be toned down like the other liquors? I have never tried the Honey Jack so I don’t know how sweet it is but I think the PB whiskey is pretty sweet.

    1. There’s no way I can say for sure since I’m not familiar with it but the Jack honey is sweet, it is a liquor with some Jack Daniels in it so I think you could substitute one for the other, but taste is your friend.

      Start off with less than the recipe calls for and taste as you go. If you find the taste doesn’t need as much of your particular product, you can always add a bit more milk to get equal volume.

      1. I am happy to hear about how to substitute! I can’t find honey JD in my small town, but I do have some salted caramel Crown. I think I will try this recipe with this, and pick up some JD the next time I hit a bigger town.

  8. Such a beautiful story capped off by some beautiful desserts! Whiskey was never in short supply in our household, but there are so many things to do with it besides drinking. My mom learned some of the best ways to infuse our family’s love of whiskey into her food from her classes with the Culinary Lab School. From barbecue sauces to spicy desserts, they showed her how to combine food and drink into incredible concoctions. I absolutely adore her whiskey noodle sauce. I ask her to make it for every year on my birthday!

  9. Thanks so much for this recipe. I made them with Apple Crown and these are the best cupcakes I’ve had in awhile. I kept the measurements the same.

    1. Hi there,
      Fabulous recipe… I got here from a pin – thank you!!
      FYI – on this page, a ton of pop-ups opened up on top of each other and I had to close them all out to read the content. I’d be happy to share my screen with you if you want to take a peek. I blog and it looked funny to me and I think if you see it – it’s not by design:)
      Thanks again for the great recipe… Nikki

      1. I do love that you love the cupcakes but I’m having a little bit of a Yikes! at the idea that there’s that many pop-ups because there shouldn’t be. If you want to send me a screenshot that would be great and then verify what platform. Is it phone tablet or desktop? You can send that to Barbara@creative-culinary.com. Thanks a bunch.

  10. This is the BEST cupcake I’ve ever had!!! They were even better the next day. I don’t drink because I don’t like the taste of alcohol but I really LOVE the flavor combinations. I made french toast and used the remaining drizzle and it was delicious! Thank you for sharing.

    1. I agree! I do love a great cocktail but even with those nothing heavy handed yet I think bourbon and sweets were meant to be married. Glad you enjoyed them; they are definitely a family favorite!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your story (as the spouse of a two-time testicular cancer survivor an active American Cancer Society Relay for Life team capatain/participant, survival stories always warm my heart) and this recipe! I’m now onto my third time making them in three months. Everyone has absolutely loved them, saying they are the best cupcakes they’ve ever eaten in their lives. I’ve made many a yummy cupcake in my life and I agree whole-heartedly.

    1. I love them too Angela and will go read the story myself just because I need to be reminded. She just had her last 6 month checkup and is now on a annual checkup schedule; I can start to breathe a bit more knowing she’s made it this far without signs of recurrence. So glad you love them too…they turned out to be a great little cupcake!

  12. First, beautiful story about your daughter. Second, do you think this could be modified to make a cake instead? My hubby is a huge JD Honey fan and I am wanting to bake a cake for a surprise birthday party but after seeing this recipe I really want to use it.

    1. Thanks Jess; and she is doing so well. Leaving tomorrow for a trip to Europe even!

      I haven’t done it but I don’t see why not; whenever I’ve made cupcakes I’ve just used a cake recipe and simply put them into cupcake liners. Since I haven’t done a cake the only unknown is the quantity of the mixture; just be sure to not overfill your cake rounds even if you have too much of the mixture (chances are it will be really close). Otherwise have at it! You’ll have to let me know how it turns out.

    2. I made this as a 6” round cake. I used two 6” round cake pans and cut the cakes so that I had four thin layers. I brushed each layer with the drizzle then frosted and layered, just a thin layer of frosting around the outside (almost like a naked cake), frosted the top, and then drizzled. I have to say ….. it was amazing! Maybe the best cake I’ve ever had.

      1. Thanks for taking the time to let me know Becky; would you think me too forward if I said I LOVE YOU!! This is a great idea…I’ll have to try it too!

  13. Good Lord, I think I died and went to heaven. These were off the charts! Every single one was eaten & people were looking for more. Definitely a keeper. The drizzle puts them over the top! Well done!

  14. Can the drizzle be kept fir one day in container as baking these as a gift for a 50th party then the host xan pour on the drizzle at the time of party or do you suggest I do this a day before?

    1. Sure, no problem at all. If it thickens a bit when cooled you might have to warm slightly so it drizzles easily. Enjoy!

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  16. Getting ready to make these for the 3rd time. LOVE LOVE LOVE these cupcakes. Not a boozy person either. Will be heading out this weekend with friends for a taste of bourbon weekend. I know I said I am not a boozy person…. ya gotta go with the flow. So I am going to bring these tasty cupcakes with to keep up with the theme of the weekend. The recipe is perfect. Have not had a problem with it. Actually it is the only cupcakes I have made since I discovered this recipe. It is better than any bakery cupcakes I have had!!!!!

    1. So glad to hear you love them too Virginia…they are one of our favorites. I use bourbon a lot in cooking and baking…it’s brings a great flavor to a lot of things but sweets in particular. Have fun!

  17. My cousin love Hennessey……and I want to make her some of these cupcakes. Your recipe is the best so far that I have found. Can I replace this with Hennessey or no?

    1. You can replace it but maybe scale back a bit? The Jack Honey is a Honey liqueur with Jack Daniel’s so replacing it with all Whiskey might be too much. Taste and add a bit extra liquid too. Wish I could tell you how much but without having done it myself I really have no idea.

      I would add the Hennessy a little bit at a time until you get the right flavor that you want and then subtract the amount you’ve added from the amount of Jack honey called for in the recipe. Whatever that result is, add it back in with either water or milk to make sure the cake doesn’t get dry. Hope that makes sense!

      1. It does make sense and she loved them!

        Your recipe was amazing. I just messed up the drizzle a little bit but other than that it was a real hit. I have made 4 dozen of them since the dozen for my cousin.

        Thank you so much for your recipe!

        1. Yay! Nothing makes me happier than having the work I do bring joy to a reader; thanks so much for letting me know!

        2. How much of the Hennessy did you substitute?

          I’m new at the baking life and trying something new

        3. Hello, I’m actually looking to make Hennessy cupcakes for my birthday this recipe looks amazing but I want to substitute the jack for henessy also. Could you let me know exactly how you did it? How did you do with substiting ???

        4. So how much did u cut back. I want to make with jack daniels whiskey not honey.

        5. I’ve not made it with just straight whiskey so I can’t make that determination for you. The whiskey will have a much higher proof so go by taste, I would start with half and work up from there. If you do not end up using the same amount, you should supplement the remainder of the liquid called for with another one; either milk or water.

  18. My fiance is not coming home til Christmas week but he wont tell me what day of the week so if i make the cupcakes early would they go bad and what about the frosting should i wait to put it on or would the frosting go bad?

  19. How beautiful! I do have a cupcake question…I would like to cut this in half as I really only need 6 cupcakes. Do you think it would split evenly?

    1. I took a look at the ingredient list and it seems pretty straightforward. Maybe the only ones you’ll have to measure differently are those for 3/4 cup; there is no half of that in a measuring utensils. But there are 4 Tablespoons in a quarter cup so half of that would be 6 Tablespoons. The leavening is another one; you’ll need to measure half of a teaspoon and then 1/8th of one. I have a 1/8th measure but if you don’t? Just try to fill a 1/4 tsp measure halfway!

      Hope that helps…they are worth the extra effort! 🙂

        1. No put go ahead and just substitute; remembering that the Jack Honey is more liqueur than liquor so it’s sweet too. I would just add the Tennessee Fire to taste in all of the different forms to make sure it works for you.

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