Cupcakes, Cakes and Pies

Sprinkles Founder Candace Nelson’s Chocolate Bourbon Cupcakes


  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 standard cupcake pans with 24 liners.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, simmer bourbon and butter.
  4. Slowly whisk cocoa powder into saucepan until mixture is creamy.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, whisk sugar, flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  7. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and sour cream with an electric mixer. Slowly add bourbon and cocoa mixture. Combine on low speed.
  8. Slowly add flour and sugar mixture, combining on low speed until completely incorporated.
  9. Fill baking cups three-fourths full. Bake for about 22 minutes. Cool.

Strawberry Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole fresh (or frozen, thawed) strawberries
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 7 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Puree strawberries in bowl of a food processor. In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed and slowly add confectioners’ sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons of the strawberry puree (save remaining puree for another use). Mix until just blended. Do not overmix; consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.

  • Originally published in the June 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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