Wednesday, February 29, 2012

bourbon brown sugar cupcakes

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i have the best parents

this week my dad came over on his own time to help justin finish up the final mudding, taping and sanding of the new Sheetrock in the mudroom. justin loathes this part of the project

my dad came to the rescue - he is simply the best
now we can move onto the finish work; you see, this has been an on going project for the past year
my dad knows how badly i wanted this project completed and knows how little extra time justin has on the one day a week he has off
my dad definitely deserves a super hero cape and these cupcakes

as some of you may know i bake cupcakes for those that i love- i wrote about it in one of my very first blog posts back in january of 2011- smbp was just a baby back then

so as a thank you to my dad i made these cupcakes for him
of course, made with an extra handful of love

good bourbon, brown sugar and all spice
they are going to make you one mighty fine cupcake

i adapted the skinny cupcake recipe from vegan cupcakes takeover the world
if you do not have this book, stop what you are doing right now and either quickly put on your running shoes and run to the nearest store to buy this book or click over to amazon - or make your boyfriend or mom buy this book for you today!
seriously, it is the best vegan cupcake cookbook ever
those girls are pure talent
the cupcakes are baked until golden - you know the drill
then slathered brown sugar frosting

if you haven't already had enough brown sugar a bit more is sprinkled on top
then speckled with pieces of pecan


knob creek was the bourbon of choice; thank goodness Danielle's husband is somewhat of a whiskey connoisseur - he led us straight to the knob creek

tell me, what is your favorite cupcake?


the all spice adds just a little warmth alongside the bourbon


everyone should have a super hero in one form or another & everyone should try these cupcakes at least once in their lifetime - so make that one time today
or at least make them for the super hero in your life
Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes
(adapted from vegan cupcakes take over the world)
makes 12

you will need:

for the cupcakes
1/2 cup soy yogurt
2/3 cup almond milk
1/4 applesauce
3 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup bourbon
1 tbsp vanilla
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp all spice
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

for the frosting
2 tbsp softened vegan butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp almond milk
2 tbsp brown sugar

1/4 cup pecans
1 tbsp  brown sugar

pre heat the oven to 350*
line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners

in a large bowl whisk together the yogurt, almond milk, applesauce, canola oil, bourbon, sugar & vanilla. sift in flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, all spice and salt. mix.

fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. bake 22-24 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean when tested in the center of the cupcake. transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely prior to frosting

to make the frosting
in the bowl of a mixer beat butter and powdered sugar for about 30 seconds
on low/medium speed beat in almond milk until the frosting comes together
stir in brown sugar

frost fully cooled cupcakes and top with brown sugar & pecans


Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes has been nominated! Show some love and head over to vote by clicking on the pic below- thank you!



  1. I can't say that I'm a big bourbon drinker, but bourbon in cupcake form sounds pretty darn good! I love Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World - the skinny vanilla cupcake recipe is incredible!

    1. Funny thing is I am not a Bourbon Drinekr either but LOVE experimenting with different liquors while baking and cooking; brown sugar and bourbon seemed perfect for each other :)

      Aren't their cookbooks the greatest!

  2. wow- these cupcakes look SO.FREAKIN.DELICIOUS. and i don't even like bourbon!

    1. I love the fact you used Freakin in your comment; I love that word!

  3. I agree - I don't think I've ever tried drinking bourbon but I'm intrigued by the idea of a bourbon cupcake! And it sounds just manly enough for a superhero dad :)
    (ps. I voted for you!)

    1. I always picture southern men drinking bourbon on a big plantian on a front whit porch with pillars and all, the vision I have in actual of the KFC Dude, weird; i would much rather take my bourbon in the form of a cupcake any day!

      I voted for you too :) Thank you for the vote!

  4. You had me at bourbon.

    These cupcakes are beautiful, and look so delicious! Not sure that I have one favorite kind of cupcake... it's too hard to choose!

    1. I really don't have a favorite cupcake either :)

      I could pick a a least favorite which would be plain chocolate; I a more of a vanilla girl especially if it contains booze, boozy cupcakes are the best!

  5. A). Your daddy is a sweetheart! B). So are you for making him cupcakes. C). These cupcakes are freaking perfection!!! D). Congrats on the Homie nomination, girl--so well-deserved! xo

    1. A. You are totally right, my Dad is a sweetheart and everyone falls instantly in love with him

      B. If you were around I would make you your own Gluten Free Cupcakes

      C. You are making me blush, but I also have a huge smile on my face which you always seem to have that effect on me

      D. I looked for you on the Homies; have you been nominated yet cause if you haven't I am definitely putting you in the running :) Cause you are a pretty amazing Chica

  6. Wow, those look incredible! I'm not a big drinker at all, but somehow these sound so amazing. Plus brown sugar and pecans, I don't think you can go wrong :D

    1. LOL back in my younger years (look I am making myself sound like i am 50) you use to rarely find me without a grey goose martini in my for some reason I am definitely not a a huge drinker but do love me some boozy cakes and cupcakes!

  7. dads are the best 4 sure.. my dad visited for like 20 days last year and fixed 5 things in the house and made me some boards and a small temple from scratch.. he just cannot rest even on vacation apparently!
    i know who is oggling at that bourbon bottle.. hubbs who is sneaking peeks at my screen!. i love just the cupcakes.. i neve like the frosting.. so i am going to put all the pecans in mine and some whole lotta bourbon in hubbs's!:D

    1. Aww sounds like you know exactly what I mean; don't you just LOVE Dad's :)

      The pecans inside would be so good!

  8. Awe, you are so sweet for making these for your helpful dad :) The cupcakes look truly delicious! I'm not sure I've ever had bourbon. But, I also like experimenting with different liqueurs when baking. So, I bet I'd love these. Congrats on your nomination!!!! ^_^

    1. He is so funny everytime I make him something he asks "was it vegan?" like he is surprised at the fact it is....I can never figure out if he is trying to be funny; caus'e the anwser is "of course its vegan!" I think he tries to get me all fired up :)

  9. YUM! I have the book and NEED to make these. Beautiful pics as always!

    1. Thanks KL!

      I love the Carrot Cake cupcake recipe from their cookbook; have you tried that one out- it is so good!

  10. What a sweet way to say 'thank you'! I love making cupcakes (and am planning to make some very soon, in fact) but most of the time I start thinking about all the different kinds I love, and would love to make, and then I get overwhelmed and can't choose. I think some day I'll have to make a list of my top 20 cupcake flavors and just make a different one each week. These would certainly make the list! :D

    1. I would love to see that list of your once you have it norrowed down; a cupcake a week would be so much fun!

  11. These are a very cute cupcake with a great ingredient base - personally, I think brown butter makes life better :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Giant Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Peanut Butter M&M Cookie For One

    1. LOL yes brown butter does make life better and it crossed my mind a few times as to how vegan "butter" would brown; I have a feeling it would not have the same effect as true brown butter :)

  12. they are in the oven.. can't wait!

    1. YAY! I can't wait to hear how you liked them; enjoy those cupcakes!


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