Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes Recipe Zoom

Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes Recipe

The melding of flavors - chocolate cake, ganache, bourbon, cherries and buttercream icing - creates a decadent treat made more delicious with the addition of Limited Edition Cherry Cordial Candy Melts candy. It's the perfect over-the-top treat to show off your baking skills.
Makes: Makes about 24 cupcakes.
Skill Level:

Product Actions

Additional Information

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin pan with baking cups.

Step 2

In large bowl beat cake mix, bourbon, water, oil and eggs at low speed 30 seconds. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Fill baking cups 2/3 full with batter.

Step 3

Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Step 4

Melt Cocoa Cherry Candy Melts candy according to package instructions. Divide melted candy equally into 2 bowls.

Step 5

For icing, beat butter and shortening in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Slowly add 2-3 tablespoons bourbon; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add half the melted candy; beat until well combined, scraping bottom and sides of bowl often. For ganache, heat cream until steaming; whisk into second bowl of melted candy until well combined

Step 6

To assemble: Cut a hole approximately 1/2 in. wide x 1/2 in. deep with paring knife in the top of each cupcake. Drop 1 cherry into each hole and top with melted ganache. Let sit until ganache firms up, about 3-5 minutes. Dip tops of cupcakes in melted ganache, shaking off excess. Ice with buttercream.

Do you have everything you need to get started?
Supply List
Viewing Options
Detailed List Simple List


devil's food cake mix

1 box (16.5 oz.) devil's food cake mix


1/2 cup + 2-3 tablespoons bourbon


1/2 cup water

vegetable oil

1/3 cup vegetable oil


3 eggs

butter, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

vegetable shortening

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

confectioners' sugar

4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar (, sifted)

heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Maraschino cherries

1 jar (10 oz.) Maraschino cherries (, drained, stems removed)





Item(s) added to the shopping cart!

View Shopping Cart Continue Shopping

Item(s) added to your Favorites!

View Favorites Continue Shopping