(Adapted and picture from Hostess Blog)
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
2 3/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup bourbon (or whiskey) Jack Daniels, Makers Mark
1/2 cup Creme de Menthe
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. mint extract
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350º F, line 30 cupcake cups.
Combine salt, baking powder, and 1 3/4 cups of the flour.
In a separate bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and extracts until creamy. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Add the milk and liquors to the batter, then the remaining flour (1 cup). Mix as little as possible, just until the batter comes together. Spoon batter into pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
Combine the powdered sugar, salt, extracts and melted butter and beat until creamy. Gradually add milk until the texture is right for piping. Pipe or spread the icing on top. Garnish with cake sparkles or sprinkles, a straw (trimmed to size), and mint leaves.