Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes

After creating the Chocolate Jack Daniel’s Cupcakes With Whiskey Ganache And Nutella Frosting, my daughter asked if I could create some cupcakes using Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey.  Of course! Is it wrong to be obsessed with cupcake experimentation? On to the honey whiskey cupcakes!

Using bees to decorate these cakes seemed logical.  I decided to create them with candy melt wings and bodies of colored frosting.  I drew a bee and a template of the wings.  Re-enforcing some zip-lock bags with tape, I melted the candy and cut tips out of the zip-lock bags.  Let me tell you, buy good quality bags to do this.  The inexpensive bags don’t work as well when cutting the tip and cause all kinds of problems.  The bee bodies were created with colored frosting. Not all that happy with the end result of my bees, but hey, it was an experiment. Bees made from Royal icing would be more defined and sharp. Next time, Royal icing bees.

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Chocolate Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes With Honey-Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Ingredients
Chocolate Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbls. cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee, cooled
  • 1/4 cup Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Honey-Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened
  • 3 Tbls. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare muffin tins with 12 paper liners.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, coffee, honey whiskey, buttermilk and oil. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and combine until smooth.

  4. The mixture will be runny, but divide into the 12 prepared cupcake liners. (The cupcakes will crown nicely when baked.)

  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting
  1. In a stand mixer on medium-high, cream the butter until light and fluffy.

  2. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the confectioners' sugar stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.


  3. Add the honey and cinnamon and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

 

Frost and decorate:

  1. Reserve 1/4 cup of frosting and color yellow. Fill a piping bag fitted with a #5 tip with the yellow frosting.
  2. Reserve another 1/4 cup and color brown. Fill a piping bag fitted with a #5 tip with the brown frosting.
  3. Pipe the honey-cinnamon frosting onto each cupcake using an Ateco #806 tip.
  4. Add the candy melt wings (the frosting will support them).
  5. Using the brown frosting, pipe a head.
  6. Alternate yellow and brown frosting to pipe and create the bee body.

Happy baking!

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Jack Daniels Whiskey Cupcakes with Whiskey Ganache and Nutella Frosting

 

The choice for the next cupcake revolved around liver pate, whiskey or Spam.  The whiskey won out in this round. We’re making chocolate Jack Daniels cupcakes with Whiskey Ganache and Nutella Frosting!

Note: the most important thing to remember when baking with alcohol is to not to drink it all beforehand.

As this was an experiment and I only wanted to make 12 cupcakes, I adapted a few recipes.  It worked!

Bake the cupcakes first and then prepare the whiskey ganache. (The ganache is used as both a filling in the cupcakes and a drizzle on top.) With a paring knife, cut a funnel shaped out of the center of each cupcake. Pour the ganache into the well and place the cut piece back on top. The frosting will cover the imperfections made in this process.

Frost the cupcake with the Nutella frosting and chill.  Drizzle whiskey ganache over the chilled cupcakes (if necessary, rewarm in the microwave for a few seconds.)

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Jack Daniels Cupcakes With Whiskey Ganache and Nutella Frosting
Ingredients
Jack Daniels Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbls. cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup Jack Daniel's whiskey
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Whiskey Ganache
  • 8 oz. premium bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbls. heavy cream
  • 2 Tbls. unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbls. Jack Daniel's whiskey
Nutella Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup premium bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled completely
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 Tbls. milk
  • pinch salt
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin tins with 12 paper liners.

  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, coffee, whiskey, sour cream and oil. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.

  4. Spoon evenly into prepared paper liners.

  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting
  1. In a bowl of stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat on med-high speed until light and fluffy.

  2. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the melted and slightly cooled chocolate. Beat on medium speed until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add the Nutella, milk and pinch of slt and beat on medium-high speed for another minute.

Ganache
  1. Chop the chocolate and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream over low heat until bubbles appear on the edge of the pan.

  2. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate and let sit for a minute. Add the butter and whisk until both chocolate and butter have melted.

  3. Add the whiskey and whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool.

 

Happy baking!

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