Monday, May 4, 2009

A Derby Alternative

I've said it before and I'll say it again...making meals or desserts from scratch is a worthwhile effort that pays off. If Mine that Bird was a good investment (he only cost $9500 and was a 50-1 long shot), so is using some elbow grease to whip together some homemade cupcakes...Mint Julep Cupcakes in honor of race day!

On mine and my friend Amy's part, a decent amount of expectation and hope went into Big Brown's quest for the Triple Crown last May/June, only to be let down big time at Belmont Stakes. We remain ever hopeful for an eventual three race victory.

Back to the subject at hand. Last year for the Kentucky Derby we made some Mint Juleps that...well...weren't great. As the Derby came around again this year though, a friend of mine sent me a link to a recipe for Mint Julep Cupcakes she thought we might like.

The ingredients contain the usual suspects of mint, whiskey and sugar... but they are all mixed in and disguised into a delicious cupcake form. Be still my heart. The icing is decedent, but I think it really makes them. Unless you are feeding an army of horse-racing fans dessert, you might consider halving the recipe (make the amount of icing that the recipe calls for though!), as it yields plenty of cupcakes. Here's the link...now onward ho to the Preakness Stakes!

9 comments:

Melissa said...

I saw that recipe and thought of you but am a horrible friend and never forwarded it. Whoops! Glad you gave them a try - and enjoyed them. :)

Linnea said...

Oh yay! You made them! They look SO good.

Jessica said...

Next race--I'm making these!

Amy and Andrew said...

These cupcakes were NOT messing around. We didn't even need to drink Mint Juleps!

Carolyn said...

I'm too late for the Derby but these look delicious on any day of the year. YUM!

Alexis said...

I think everything should come in cupcake form!

Dave B. said...

I'm still stumbling from eating one. And they were wonderful.

metrosupialdesigns said...

I've got to somehow remember this. I'm not a whiskey drinking gal and this offers a nice "alternative." I think I can eat whiskey at least.

TheBackPorchQuilters said...

Your cupcakes looks so Yummy!!!