Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle

If you think this is a stretch for my Friday Cocktails, then you didn’t see just how much booze I’ve put into this concoction! It’s everywhere I tell ya! Booze in the cake, even more in the frosting and then because I wasn’t sure that was quite enough I thought an extra touch with a drizzle would be necessary. I think I had the idea to do this but I’m not sure…Jessica posted  these Bacon Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting + a Bourbon Drizzle (were those a homage to Elvis or what?) last week and I can’t remember if I said…’Hey, I want to do the same thing and I’ll use your recipe!’ or ‘Hey, that’s a great idea and I’ll use your recipe!” Really I can’t…blame it on the booze if you must but the drizzle was a great idea, this recipe for Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Boozy Drizzle was perfect and yes, I ate some of that drizzle with a spoon!

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle

I made these cupcakes for my daughter Lauren. Her birthday is tomorrow. Thirty years!!! How on earth does a 39 year old woman have a child who is 30? Talk about a miracle huh? But the real miracle is my girl. My sweet girl who was just living her life like so many of us when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The same girl who was so afraid of strangers that I used customer service at grocery stores to get her used to them. I would have her go to the Customer Service desk and ask them a question about where we could find something, always urging her to remember that the WORST thing that could ever happen is they would not know. I know it seemed a silly task but it helped. As she got a bit older those days were a thing of the past and my adolescent girl would take off on her own; shopping with mom was embarrassing. I guess I showed her…if she got too far awry and was nowhere to be seen when I was ready to leave a store; I would have the checkout person call her on the intercom. As much as she hated that; she obviously hated walking the aisles with me more because I remember doing that on several occasions! ‘Would Lauren Kiebel please come to the checkout; your mom is waiting!’

There were fun times too; funny I never stopped to think until just now if she had a clue how nervous I was when I agreed to be the coach of her girls soccer team when she was in elementary school. I did not have a CLUE how the game was played but they needed an assistant coach and I volunteered. I remember thinking how brave she was then too; she volunteered to be the goalie and she was so good at that…that height business really helped!

Lauren the Warrior Princess

She has weathered her share of heartache over the years too; her best friend dying three years after a lightning bolt rendered her physically and mentally incapacitated, the pain of a distant father;  going through high school a bit too tall and with a bit less social life than she would have liked. But those things have made her stronger and I love this photo a friend took. I see this great warrior princess; unashamed that her hair is gone and still looking fierce. There is no doubt that it was that reservoir of strength that has helped see her through this with a strength of purpose that has not gone un-noticed. She has risen to the challenge of showing cancer who is boss! She was determined to not give in or give up and has found herself in a role where others now see her so admirably for her abject determination to fight this fight with humor and determination and a positive spirit. And the best part. She won! Chemo worked, the lump is gone. Surgery to scrape the area around the lump, remove a couple of lymph nodes and remove her port (what she called ‘her creature’) is complete and she has been declared cancer free!! Is there a way I can add sound to those two words? Maybe this would say it better?

CANCER FREE!!

Just as parents aren’t supposed to lose their children, we also aren’t supposed to see them go through something like this. But she did and it has changed her. When just months ago losing her luxurious long hair was heart breaking she now thinks she just might keep it shorter (which I LOVE!). She is unsure of her job future since losing her job (can you believe cancer was a pain for her boss to deal with?) but she’s working on plans and I just know something positive will come of that too. She was meant for greater things and we’re just not sure yet exactly what that is…but I can’t wait to see! In the meantime? We have a pretty important birthday to celebrate don’t we?

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle

It’s not like cupcakes with whiskey could be called Lauren’s favorite for her birthday. I’m not sure she has ever indicated a true favorite cake; most birthdays were a relatively basic cake, it was all about the frosting and the decorating. I remember years of shapes and frostings and making anything from a bubble gum machine to a Care Bears cake to ballet shoes so these are definitely a treat for a woman. She may be my girl but she is not a girl…and this woman deserves this amazing cupcake! So these pups have bourbon in the cake, frosting with bourbon…and well, they are decorated with drizzled BOURBON; how perfect is that?

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle

By the way…I have not tried using this for a cocktail; it’s just SO perfect for something like this and that’s why I bought it. It’s not a whiskey infused with honey; instead it’s whiskey with honey liqueur and it’s YUM, YUMMER and YUMMISH! Guess I’ll have to give a cocktail shout out one day soon but in the meantime…won’t you join me in wishing Lauren a VERY Happy Birthday? Love you sweetie and have a wonderful week with your girlfriends up in Summit County!!

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle
 
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Serves: One dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
For the Cupcakes:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 3 Tbsp Milk
  • Cupcake liners
For the Boozy Drizzle:
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
For the Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • ¼ cup heavy cream (as much as needed to get correct consistency)
Preparation
To Make the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix just to incorporate.
  4. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Add to the wet mixture and beat until just combined.
  5. Add the whiskey and milk until just combined.
  6. Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners and divide batter evenly into cups; approximately ⅔ full for each cup.
  7. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes; test with a toothpick; the top will be firm so make sure the inside is cooked through.
  8. Cool completely on a wire cake cooling rack before frosting.
To Make the Boozy Drizzle:
  1. Add all ingredients together in a small pan, bring to a boil and boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool before drizzling on cupcakes.
To Make the Buttercream Frosting:
  1. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar.
  2. Add the vanilla and Jack Daniels Honey and combine thoroughly.
  3. Add the cream a Tbsp at a time until your frosting is very light and fluffy and the correct consistency.
  4. Using a large serrated icing tip, pipe the frosting onto cupcakes.
  5. Garnish with the Boozy Drizzle.
CHEERS!!


Comments

  1. Soosie says

    I hardly ever comment on recipes, but I just feel compelled. I needed a special one to make for my husband’s 39th birthday. He is suffering from depression and I wanted to really make him feel extra special. I made this recipe, but doubled it and made it into 2 round cakes. I LOVE how sturdy they turned out! I could maneuver and roost them without any crumbling. I made the frosting but I discovered I was out of vanilla so I used almond. Still delish!! I made 1/4 into chocolate and used it to stick the 2 cakes together, then used the rest to frost the top and outside. My hubby loves Bacon, so I stuck crispy Bacon strips (I baked them with Jack Daniels and brown sugar) around the sides of the cake. Needless to say he totally loved it!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Creative Culinary says

      I’m so glad you let me know Soosie and hope this one little thing gave him a boost on his special day. I can only IMAGINE how good the salty bacon was with everything else; now I want to try that!

    • Creative Culinary says

      You could add some cocoa to the mix Natalia but it’s very hard for me to give absolute amounts on how to modify the recipe if I’m not testing it. I would guess 1/4 cup and you might have to eliminate some of the flour to keep them from being dry. You might be better off to find a great chocolate cupcake and sub some of the liquid with the Honey Jack and then just top them with the frosting.

  2. Anne says

    What I would suggest is to specify what kind of flour is used for these cupcakes. Most at-home-bakers only have all-purpose flour in their pantry. From what I’ve found this recipe should call for either a blend of bread flour and cake flour or cake flour alone. All-purpose is too weak in protein to support the cake, resulting in sinking, which, any baker knows is a stressful situation. Also,I feel that recipes that measure dry ingredients by volume throw off the results. Great concept for a cupcake. Really loved the flavors and the mess ups were enjoyed by my family all the same, however, I felt it required too many trial-and error batches. Perhaps differences in elevation could be a factor as well. Thankfully, I am a skilled baker and fixing its flaws was simply a matter of time…

    • Creative Culinary says

      Oh Anne it’s always the skilled bakers who feel such a strong need to come and give their two cents; no matter that several people have made these without an issue. I can only stand by what I and others have found when testing these cupcakes and many have had great results with the directions as written. Better luck next time; thanks for stopping by.

    • Kasey says

      I just made these, followed the recipe to the letter and they turned out perfectly. I will be making them again for sure!!!!!

  3. Daddys girl says

    My dad is a huge fan of his Jack, making them now for Father’s Day tomorrow. Unfortunately I think I may have over-mixed the batter, it was stiffer than cupcakes usually are, so I really hope I didn’t ruin them! Side note the batter is delicious!

    • Creative Culinary says

      I hope they turned out. The batter and resulting cupcake are sturdy; I thought they needed to be so I could mound a ton of frosting and more booze on them. :)

  4. Jessica says

    hi i am in looooove with this recipe but my brother had gotten the wrong whisky he just got the regular jack and its to late to go back to return it I need these cupcakes done by today! :( Do you think it will still go together and taste well if i just use the regular jack?

  5. Sharon says

    I just made these for a girlfriends birthday party. She loves her Jack. They were disappearing in no time so she hid a tray for herself. Best cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

    • Creative Culinary says

      She sounds like me! Go glad both of our efforts were rewarded with her being happy; thanks for sharing!

  6. Crystal says

    Made these for my Fiance who is turning 28 on Sunday. I made them as cupcakes in a jar so they could be sealed and mailed to him Mechanicsburg where he is currently finishing up his Masters degree and he said it was the best cupcakes hes ever eaten and let me say he hate cakes of all kinds hes a pie and muffin person but he does like his tennessee whiskey so i took a chance and it came out perfectly. This were soooo good. Defintely making more of these soon. Thanks so much for a delicious recipe. :)

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you for taking the time to let me know Crystal; warms my heart when I read stories like yours and makes the reason why I do this so real and worthwhile…my best to both of you!

  7. says

    This recipe is great, my daughter and I bond over baking. Your story of your daughter was so heart felt. My daughter was just diagnosed with epilepsy at 37 with two teenagers that I now have to be g mama and MaMa. This was our project for this weekend. They are great.

    • Creative Culinary says

      So sorry to hear that Alison; I hope she can manage her illness and remain productive in all aspects of her life. I’m glad you enjoyed these; they are a great reminder to me of the joy we felt at that time plus they are just such good cupcakes to boot! Take good care…Barb

  8. Elaine says

    The flavor is fabulous but the recipe needs work. A LOT of work, the batter is too dry making it too done when it’s barely done and the frosting…well let’s just say yuck, I opted for a Swiss buttercream and made this into a cake my second time around.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Funny Elaine but you are the only person who has complained so I can assume you must have overbaked the cupcakes and as for the frosting? Yuck? Different strokes obviously as everyone has just loved it. But gotta love someone who will take the time to come to my home and leave rude comments; here’s hoping your day improves!

  9. Jen says

    Did you mean for the bourbon drizzle to have 1/2 cup of bourbon instead of the honey whiskey? Or is there bourbon in addition? I don’t see the bourbon on the ingredients list. Thanks!

  10. Lynn says

    Just an note…..bourbon can be whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Jack Daniels is not a bourbon. That aside, as a huge fan of Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey…..I am so looking forward to trying your recipe and loved reading your story about you and your daughter. Hooray for your daughter and I hope she continues to improve. You’re a great mom to keep things in perspective. Kudos to you both!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Yeah I knew that;; guess I should have called it a whiskey drizzle! After the year we had it’s only amazing I didn’t call it gin! :)

  11. Evelyn says

    I clicked on the Pinterest post for a delicious-looking cupcake recipe and ended up completely wrapped up in your lovely story about your beautiful daughter. So, so, so happy that you both have a happy ending! Wishing you the best (and looking forward to trying these cupcakes at my next Ladies’ Night)…

    • Creative Culinary says

      I know how blesses we were to have a happy ending Evelyn; during the process she lost her job and while no one wants that, it was also a blessing…she didn’t much care for it so just sublet her apartment, moved in with family to lessen her economic load and once she was done with all treatment started looking for a job. She found her dream job at Zappos. It meant a move to Las Vegas but she is having the time of her life and deserves it! Thank you for you kind comment…and yes, make the cupcakes. They are in Lauren’s words…the BOMB! :)

  12. Laura says

    I am very late to this post, but these cupcakes sound amazing! I can’t wait to make them! As for the Honey Whiskey, I have a bunch of it because it is a STAPLE for camping. I heat water and add the honey whiskey and then squeeze a slice of lemon and drop it into the mug. HOT TODDIE! It is perfect for around the campfire, warms you up from the inside and also its healthy ( the water and lemon is at least). This is also a great cocktail if you have a cold!

  13. Bing says

    Hi this is my first time in your blog. You have a very beautiful daughter. Congrats. Thank you for sharing your story and thanks a lot for sharing this recipe too! God Bless you both.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you; we are just so blessed that her journey was also so successful. Hardest thing in the world for a parent to experience and certainly did some jumping for joy! The cupcakes? The bomb. :)

    • Creative Culinary says

      Lindsay…Yes, any recipe on my site will be all purpose flour unless I specify something different. Hope you love them like we do!

    • Creative Culinary says

      I have not but can’t see why they wouldn’t work just fine. You will have to start testing for doneness much sooner; depending on how ‘mini’ they are. I have really tiny ones that cook cupcakes in 12-15 minutes like cookies so just make sure they don’t overbake and you’re golden!

  14. Loganne says

    Will this recipe work in 2 9 in cake pans? My sister is turning 22 and has come to love Tennessee Honey and am really excited to make these for her!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Should be fine; just adjust your baking time to accommodate the increased volume. Start testing at 25-30 minutes.

  15. Amy says

    Made these as a holiday treat for someone who enjoys their booze. He said that he and his girlfriend thought they were the best cupcakes ever! I don’t even like alcohol that much, but I LOVE these cupcakes. They look so fancy, but they’re really easy to make. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  16. Angela says

    Just read this today (12 months later) and I sincerely hope your beautiful Lauren is still going strong. That photograph of her is absolutely gorgeous. Wishing you and your family the very best. Angela xo

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you so much Angela. She is thriving; she lost her job as a result of cancer being a ‘bother’ for her boss and recently got a dream job with Zappo’s in Las Vegas so my girl is doing good. Just had a cle3an 6 month scan; it’s always a bit nerve-wracking to think it could come back but she’s a fighter and living her life to the fullest and that’s all any of us can do right?

  17. says

    So wonderful to hear the great news about your lovely daughter! Very happy to hear that she is cancer free after such a strong fight. Congrats (and the cupcakes look wonderful too BTW)!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks much Raquel; that news literally knocks you to the ground but she was a fighter and kept a good spirit and now has a fantastic new job, some new hair and a great perspective. So grateful.

  18. says

    Love Love Love this story! and YES she is BEAUTIFUL!!! My daughter’s boyfriend is fighting cancer. Today has been such a tearful day as I see my daughter so broken! I read this story and it just warms my heart. Thank you for sharing your story. And, I am gonna make the cupcakes and think of you and your daughter.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Lauren would barely allow tears; she was determined to be POSITIVE, strong and proactive. I have to wonder how much that helped. Have him find some groups if he hasn’t already; that support was invaluable to her getting through this. No matter how much their family and friends love them; having others that can identify with the fear and heartache of the diagnosis means so much. I’m praying for him; this monster should not win! Stupidcancer.org…great for young people with cancer.

  19. Sandra Tavarez says

    Hello, this is my first time on your blog and I simply had to say that is a stunning photograph of your beautiful daughter. Congrats on her recovery! I hope she continues to do well. I will be signing up for e-mails of your blog entries and will be making these for my best friend’s birthday. She is a huge Jack Daniels’ fan. Thanks!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you Sandra; we certainly feel blessed. She just had her 6 months checkup and is still clear. Hoping and praying this is behind us forever.

      • Marline says

        Thanks so much! One of my friends actually said she uses this recipe and loves it so I will give it a try. Do you think if I use cake flour it will work the same, while making it a little less dense?

        • Creative Culinary says

          I hesitate to say since I’ve not tried cake flour when making them; you can give it a shot if you’ve tried that before with other recipes and know that an equal amount won’t affect the outcome. They are not THAT dense; I would recommend sticking with the recipe as is if you can.

  20. Hollie says

    I made these for a graduation party and they were a huge hit. was asked to make them again for a 4th of July party. they were awesome. Just so yummy

    • Creative Culinary says

      I updated some pieces of my site this morning and it turned off my recipe display apparently; all fixed now Theresa.

  21. Meghan says

    I found this recipe from a friend’s share on Facebook. So excited to be making them for my husband’s birthday! Your daughter is beautiful, and I’m glad to read she is doing well! A quick question. My beebs are still far from the age of consent (5 and 2 to be exact), although I better not blink, lol. I was thinking the cupcakes would be ok for them, if I made some non alcohol based frosting, but what do you think?

    • Creative Culinary says

      Sorry for the late reply Meghan and yes, the cupcakes should be fine. You could make the frosting without any booze and just have the sauce for adults if that would help your efforts at all…hope you enjoy.

  22. Angie says

    Where can I find the honey whiskey?? I searched Amazon and was unable to find anything. Ideas???
    Thanks
    Angie

    • Creative Culinary says

      I found it in my local liquor store so I would start there; anywhere Jack Daniels regular whiskey is sold would be a good beginning. As much as I love it I would not hesitate to use Jack without the honey liqueur if I couldn’t find it!

  23. Annie says

    I came for the recipe but got so much more and so much better. The story of yours and your daughter’s journey. What brave girls you are. Your daughter is beautiful and I trembled when I read Cancer Free. Bless you both and thank you for sharing your story. I cherish my daughter and cannot image what you went through. You both are an inspiration.
    Oh, and I am anxious to try the cupcakes. THANK YOU!!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Annie; it is truly something no person should ever deal with but when it’s your child? Hardest words I’ve ever heard. We are so grateful but this experience certainly opens your eyes to the families who are dealing with cancer in one form or the other. We are the lucky ones.

  24. Linda says

    I was surfing-looking for a super bowl dessert when I came upon your cupcake. My hubby bought a bottle of JD Honey a year ago & the full bottle is collecting dust in the cupboard. Aha! something to use it for; cupcakes-perfect. Than I read your story, by the time I finished tears were running down my cheeks. I’m a RN and used to work in an out patient area where we cared for patients having biopsy’s, chemo lines (creatures) placed, ect. What was frustrating was that we rarely heard about the outcomes of the people we took care of. Thank you for sharing story. I’ll think of you

    • Creative Culinary says

      Linda…out of this journey I know Lauren really looked for the good; for the good people and experiences and the things she could hold onto that helped to make it something almost positive. She will surely love that her experience brought something to yours. I can only imagine what it took to work in that environment when you saw the beginning and I’m so glad to share that Lauren’s journey had such a positive outcome. I feel blessed and fortunate and lucky…she will ALWAYS be my baby girl!

  25. Kris says

    Been struggling to find a [strong] whiskey cake recipe without coffee in it and one made from items that I’ll already have in my cupboard to keep costs down! My handsome one is gonna have the best birthday with these involved :) to top it off, thanks for sharing yours and your daughters recent journey through cancer. I lost my Dad to it 4 days before my graduation in 2012… so I understand the battles you’ve faced (except the watching your daughter deal with it part)! I wish you both happiness and health for the future… and of course plenty of fancy-cake eating! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  26. kelsie schwartz says

    So I plain on making these for a 21st birthday party Thursday night, and I will be traveling with them all ready made. I was wondering if I should wait to make the drizzle, or if it would be fine when I make the cupcakes (either the night before or the day of). Also same with the frosting.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Kelsie I made these for my daughter’s birthday and actually froze the cupcake/frosting for a couple of days so she could take them to Vail…and I gave her the drizzle in a separate container. Seemed to work fine for her…so I would suggest you do the same; with or without the freezing part of it. The drizzle might have to be warmed slightly or at least kept at room temp. Hope that helps!

  27. Kat R says

    These are the BEST cupcakes I’ve ever had. I still blows my mind that I made them! My husband is super in love with them and I’ve made them for my co-worker’s birthday tomorrow! She’s going to be in love as well… I thought of using other liquors as well, like Malibu or maybe a beer! Guiness is my fave :) Thank you for this recipe!

  28. Nancy Ang says

    As someone who has friends going through, and gone through this same experience, I understand. As a mum, well, that understanding and sharing is even deeper. To have beaten it, well done! Best that life can give! Cherish every moment with your daughter, she will always be ‘your little girl’! Congrats to you both!

    • Creative Culinary says

      You are so right Nancy; and she doesn’t get it. Determined to be independent which I applaud; she is also sort of determined to break some times and not be my ‘little girl.’ Silly huh”? It will never happen!

  29. LeeAnn says

    So I literally cried reading about your daughter and when I seen the Cancer Free Words in Red I cried even more :) but the best words I can find at the moment is congratulations to your daughter and even more so to you for having a beautiful and brave daughter… on to the cupcakes they look and sound delicious which I can not wait to try and make this master piece for mom I think she would be one of the happiest people I know once I set that cupcake right in front of her :) …. Thank you so much for your recipes

  30. says

    I made these for Thanksgiving…Man they were yummy….Just a quick question, my cake was a little dry and dense, and ideas on how to make it more moist? The icing was YUMMY and the drizzle was awesome!!!! :)

    • Creative Culinary says

      Hi Lisa…a couple of things: Ovens can actually vary in the temp output so even cutting back on cooking time a minute or two might help. Otherwise just add a bit of moisture in the form of a Tablespoon of milk (or two if you think you need more). I wouldn’t have called mine truly dense but they were also not light and fluffy…I wanted a cupcake that could hold up to that frosting. It is fantastic stuff isn’t it?

      • says

        Wonderful I will try both. That frosting was super yummy. I have a request to make them again this weekend. My friend was not here for Thanksgiving and was very upset that I did not save him any cupcakes, so now I have to make them again…Like I’m broken up about making them again ;) Thank you for the tip!!!

  31. says

    Researching several recipes for whiskey cupcakes, this one sounds the very best. I’m going to try it with a pecan whiskey i picked up in TN. Thanks for sharing and best wishes!

  32. says

    Your recipe sounds fantastic! I stumbled upon your post on Pinterest.. I am just a week shy of my 22nd birthday, and I think these May be my birthday cupcakes!
    Your post touched me because, I am fighting a rare gastrointestinal cancer.. I was diagnosed in 2010 with Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST).
    I smiled as I scrolled through and saw that beautiful picture of your daughter. You are absolutely spot on when you say your daughter has a great reason to celebrate her next birthday, what a blessing to be cancer free! “Happy Birthday” is a victory song for people like us!
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.. From one cancer fighter to another, keep on fighting! Matthew 17:20
    -Jessica, Tx
    Jessica schwausch Most Recent Post: We finally made it!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Oh Jessica I’m hoping AND praying you will hear those words too; I know it sounds trite but it is not fair for young people to face this monster. I hope you are in a great support group; I know Lauren’s spirit was buoyed up by meeting others fighting the same fight…they’ve all helped each others immensely. YOU take good care and I wish I was there to make these for you! Have a great birthday and here’s to MANY more. Barb

  33. says

    I have recently started cake decorating and I enjoys it very much. I moved 2 a very big town and got a job right off at Walmart doing exactly what I had hoped to do. Ive bn getting request fm friends and family for cakes and cupcakes so I have decided to pursue this new path Im on Your cupcake looks awesome! Im going to have to try it this weekend. Your daughter is a beautiful young woman and I know you’re proud. I have a Aunt and a Grandmother who are survivors so I understand the battle she has won and I understand the frustration of not being able to do much of anything but watch as they fight. God bless and good luck

  34. Crystal Morgan says

    Hi…I think I must have just read over it but what is the oven temp for this recipe? 375? Thank you for posting it! Excited to make!

  35. JB says

    Your Daughter is a beautiful, strong woman, as you too, must be. “CancerFree” should be a new word in the dictionary! My prayers go out for you and your family! I am anxious to try your cupcakes, they look scrumptious!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks JB. Yeah, I raised them to be strong; I was a single mom and it’s all they knew! These cupcakes are really ‘the bomb.’ I sent them with her mostly out of concern I would eat all of them in one sitting. :)

  36. says

    First of all, I adore that picture of Lauren! It’s a beautiful photograph of a beautiful woman with an indomitable spirit. I can imagine back when she was first diagnosed how in the dark recesses of your mind, you must have feared not celebrating this birthday with her. I can imagine the joy that you had in your heart being able to write *CANCER FREE!!* I am so very happy for you, for Lauren and for all who know and love her. All birthdays are special but this one for Lauren is particularly so and you made her a treat that will be remembered for a long time to come. These cupcakes were so beautifully photographed Barb.
    Paula Most Recent Post: Phineas and Ferb Go Gluten Free

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thank you for all of you sweetness…not just for a comment! I did have those moments Paula; it was the most frightening thing I’ve ever dealt with so having her come out the other side is such a huge blessing. She will have to forever be watchful but for now we are breathing much easier…and her hair is starting to grow back!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks for letting me know Vera. I’m pretty easy, as long as you’ve linked back to me I’m OK with it. Thanks…Barb

  37. Jan Gordon says

    You have a very beautiful daughter , and you are a lovely Mother. Congratulations to you both. Going to try these yummy cup cakes next !!! They sound wonderful.xox

  38. says

    I’ve absolutely officially fallen in love with these cupcakes – there’s really nothing else I can say – and wanted to let you know that I featured them on my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up this week. If you’re interested, I’ve left the link below. Thank you for such a beautiful post and fabulous recipe, and I hope you have a great rest of your weekend!
    Jessica S. @ Floptimism Most Recent Post: Weekend Wrap-Up: Peanut Butter. Chocolate. Peanut Butter & Chocolate.

  39. says

    Happy Birthday to your gorgeous daughter. She is quite a stunner and I am so glad she is now cancer free. Woo Hoo! I am sorry to hear that her boss was such a jackass about her illness, but a greater future lies ahead. Can I tell you how insanely good those cupcakes look. Oh my goodness! I want to lick the screen. That Bourbon drizzle over the butter cream looks soooo good. YUM!
    foodfashionandflow Most Recent Post: Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks on all counts…I wish I had some more but I’m tempted to drizzle some of that leftover bourbon drizzle over my tongue! :)

  40. says

    Happy (belated) birthday, Lauren! So happy that your inner warrior princess conquered cancer and you are now cancer-free!!! Wahoooo! Fabulous news! What an incredible journey for both daughter and mom. You two ladies are awesome. Meanwhile perfect Friday Cocktails recipe to celebrate…stinkin’ cute cupcakes all infused with good boozy flavor. Thanks ever so much for sharing, B! You are THE BEST. Again, so happy for you both! xo
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen Most Recent Post: Cheesy Corn & Pepper Baked Santa Fe Dip

    • Creative Culinary says

      I sent the cupcakes with Lauren to the mountains where she was given a week free at a condo by some folks who want to celebrate her good health. I’m thinking I should have kept them for me…she got a condo after all and I want a couple of those stinking cupcakes!! :)

  41. says

    Late to read this post! Belated happy birthday wishes to Lauren! Also HUGE whoops of joy and hugs for the words “cancer free”! What a journey you have both been on, so happy to see you both safely through the other side! xx

  42. says

    So late to read this post, but happy belated birthday wishes to Lauren! Also HUGE hugs and whoops of joy for the words “cancer free”! Wow, what a journey you have both been on, so glad to see you both safely through the other side! xxx

  43. says

    Happy Birthday to Lauren! What a year, huh?! A big high five to being cancer free. As Mom, you must be so thrilled. Cheers to many more birthdays!!!

    [K]

  44. Mia says

    I just found your blog for the first time courtesy of a link from How Sweet It Is, and what a wonderful first post to read! I’m very happy for you and your daughter! (And your talk about your girl, how much you adore her, and your miraculously close age gap all remind me of my mom and our relationship.) Can’t wait to try these cupcakes soon and to peruse more!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Welcome Mia; thanks for visiting and for your very sweet comments. They are truly good; wishing I had one right this very minute!

  45. says

    I am so glad to learn more about your brave and beautiful daughter. This post was so inspiring. It brought tears to my eyes! And these cupcakes? They look just delicious. Thank you for sharing all of this with us today!

  46. Susan says

    What a wonderful story, and how beautiful your girl is! Her ex-boss is a jerk, but on to bigger and better things. And these gorgeous cupcakes – how special are they!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks Susan…and I do agree; he was a jerk but he was a jerk before he fired her, so best she not have to deal with him when she was trying to SAVE HER LIFE!! Right? :)

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks so much Hannah…and yes, I do believe the celebration could have begun and ended with that drizzle alone!

  47. says

    These look Fantastic! Happy she’s cancer free and your both now survivors. Cancer changes a person and is one of the scariest of words a person can hear. I beat cervical cancer when I was 20 but had to have a hysterectomy. My mother and aunt ( my moms sister) both beat breast cancer. Its unfortunately not an uncommon word in my family. I’ve always wanted to be in a position to help or be charitable for a good cause so Im getting ready to launch a campaign the end of this month to kick off for the month of October with a line of shirts that I will be giving back 50% of the proceeds to a local non-profit in Colorado called “Brent’s Place”. It’s a non-profit that helps children who are going through bone marrow transplants. Keep your eyes out :)
    http://www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

    • Creative Culinary says

      Hi Tamara; glad to hear that your are doing well now; keep me apprised of your project please? I’m in Colorado too and my daughter has built a decent network of women that might be able to help!

    • Creative Culinary says

      We could use some sun couldn’t we? How was the get together? I had to cancel with Lauren; just started feeling bad and even the though of going to a restaurant made me nauseous. Boo. Missed everyone!

  48. says

    Happy Birthday for Lauren at this very special occasion.
    She s a beautiful girl -inside and outside -!and I admire her courage and strength ,shining example for all of us!
    Thanks for sharing this life experience which is encouraging and inspiring!

  49. says

    Happy birthday, Lauren. And what a gift you have been given. Celebrate and appreciate all you have, but I’ll bet you already do. Barb, it looks like you have a goddess on your hands. What a gorgeous photo! And please save one of these cupcakes for me. OMG – they look over the top, good! and Barb, you must celebrate, too. What a relief! Take a deep breath. I’ve been living on those lately!
    Abbe@This is How I Cook Most Recent Post: Barbecued Shrimp and the Challah is Rising

    • Creative Culinary says

      Lots of deep breaths Abbe…now sort of wondering when the fear will dissapate; I still wake each morning and it’s the first thing I think of. It helps that the news is now good at least!

  50. Tammy Stratton says

    So beyond thrilled for you both to hear those words – cancer free!! Happy, Happy Birthday, Lauren! Beautiful and delicious cupcakes, mom!

  51. says

    What a celebration! A major birthday and victory over cancer all rolled into one. And the perfect cupcake to honors those milestones.

    I cannot stop staring at that photo of Lauren. It’s one of the most beautiful portraits I’ve ever seen. There’s determination and courage written all over her face.

    • Creative Culinary says

      I love everything about that photo but the real courage for me was seeing her say ‘be damned with worrying about a stupid bald head.’ Like she told me one day; I have nothing to be ashamed of…it’s just stupid cancer!

  52. says

    What a beautiful, heartrending and uplifting post all in one. I dread thinking of something like this happening to one of my boys and your strength through it all was second only to hers! She is beautiful and courageous! Her portrait is just gorgeous! And hey my son would love a boozy treat like this for his birthday!

    (I am astonished by her boss’s actions! Astonished! He should be sued!)

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday to beautiful Lauren! xo

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks especially to you Jamie while you deal with your own memories and heartache; you know more than anyone right now how I worried about that and how lucky I feel that we are celebrating. YOU take care…love you.

  53. says

    Oh my, when I started reading this sweet recipe, I had no idea what turn this article would take. How very touching, and thank you for sharing your odyssey. I have to start with “the cancer was a pain for her boss to deal with.” Holy smoke! Aren’t there laws against her losing her job? What a world, and what a heartless man he (or she) must be. There are some bad bosses, but this one takes the cake – well no, no cupcakes for THAT boss.

    I am SO pleased to hear your daughter is well. My, but the entire experience must have been so terribly heartbreaking.

    These cupcakes sound like a wonderful way to celebrate, and I am really really glad you are celebrating!

    Best always to you and your lovely daughter,
    ABC

    • Creative Culinary says

      Yes, he took the cake. Could we have sued? Maybe. Did she have the time or strength to endure that too? Maybe not…sometimes it’s best to just move on.

      Thank you for your always sweet and kind words.

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks my sweet friends; and if we don’t chat soon I’ll wonder if you are just a figment of my imagination!

  54. says

    I’m not sure which I want to comment on first… so I’m flipping a coin….. and…. it’s heads!

    Happiest of Birthdays, Lauren!!! I am so very happy for you. I’ve never met you or your mom but I feel as much joy as I would if we’ve all been RL friends. You are brave. You are lucky. You are resilient. You are strong. Waun Strong. I wish for you many, many more birthdays.

    Barbara, you are just as amazing as your daughter (it obviously runs in the family). Everything I know about you I admire— and I’m not talking about your recipes.

    Now for this recipe… oh yum… I can’t even begin to tell you how much I want to try this out! I rarely have luck with scratch cupcakes… cakes of any size without a mix weren’t something I learned as a child (except for cheesecake…. I make a killer cheesecake, compliments of my Gramma). So I’m putting my faith in you and shall give it a go.
    Teresa Most Recent Post: Standing in Place, Past and Present

  55. says

    My hubby is the one that uses the PA system to find me in shopping centres! These cupcakes look awesome, I’d be very happy with these for my birthday. Such great news your gorgeous girl is cancer free, best wishes for Lauren on her birthday, for many more wonderful birthdays.
    Alicia Most Recent Post: Santolina – The olive herb

    • Creative Culinary says

      Sometimes you just have to do what you gotta do right? Hey, I would do it again today if I had to…she had better watch out! :)

  56. says

    Oh Barb, what an utterly inspiring post. I *adore* that photo of your daughter (the miracle one that’s only 9 years younger than you!!) – she does look like fierce warrior princess. My worst nightmare as a teenager was having my parents call me on the PA system in a public place…! These cupcakes also look utterly divine – perfect for weekend indulgence!
    Jeanne @ Cooksister Most Recent Post: Saturday Snapshots #263

    • Creative Culinary says

      You are so right Lizzy…I’m not aware of what is wrong with your son but I’m wishing both of you strength and courage through whatever it is. XOXO

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