Maker's Mark® Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
by Kate Jennings, Chef & Owner, La Laiterie
Of all the recipes we tested, this one was at the top of our list because it's a grown-up take on a childhood favorite. The cupcakes are the perfect spice cake with a nose of bourbon, and the cream cheese frosting makes it hard to eat just one.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes 12 cupcakes
Maker's Mark® Cupcakes
1/4 cup Maker's Mark Bourbon®
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup whole milk
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Sift all dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Put aside for later use.
- Cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition and beating well.
- Add the molasses and mix well.
- Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk to the batter.
- Add the Maker's Mark® Bourbon, stirring well with a spoon/spatula. The batter will look thin and slightly broken. Fill the cupcake liners almost to the top and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out cleanly when tested.
- Allow the cupcakes to cool completely, about 20 minutes, before frosting.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 2 cups
1-1/2 cups cream cheese (12 ounces), softened to room temperature
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the softened cream cheese well, using a wooden spoon or paddle attachment.
- Add the softened butter. Continue to beat until well mixed in with the cream cheese.
- Add the powdered sugar, cinnamon and salt. Beat until well incorporated. Refrigerate until needed and allow to soften at room temperature before using.