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Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle for a VERY Happy Birthday!

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle

by Barbara Kiebel on September 13, 2013

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, her recipe was perfect and yes, I ate some off the 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

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: One dozen cupcakes

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle

Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 3 Tbsp Milk
  • Cupcake liners
  • For the Bourbon Drizzle:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • For the Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
  • 1/4 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 2/3 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.
  9. To Make the Bourbon Drizzle:
  10. 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.
  11. To Make the Buttercream Frosting:
  12. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar.
  13. Add the vanilla and Jack Daniels Honey and combine thoroughly.
  14. Add the cream a Tbsp at a time until your frosting is very light and fluffy and the correct consistency.
  15. Using a large serrated icing tip, pipe the frosting onto cupcakes.
  16. Garnish with the Bourbon Drizzle.
  17. CHEERS!!
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1 Annie March 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm

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!!

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2 Creative Culinary March 26, 2014 at 8:01 am

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.

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3 Linda January 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm

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

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4 Creative Culinary February 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

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!

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5 Kris January 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

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 :)

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6 kelsie schwartz January 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

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.

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7 Creative Culinary January 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

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!

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8 Chelsea Danielle December 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I would really love to use this recipe for a cake! I’m assuming I would double the recipe?
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9 Kat R December 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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!

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10 Nancy Ang December 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

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!

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11 Creative Culinary December 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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!

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12 LeeAnn December 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

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

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13 Creative Culinary December 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

You are most welcome LeaAnn; thank you for your kind comments!

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14 Lisa in NJ December 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

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!!!! :)

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15 Creative Culinary December 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

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?

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16 Lisa in NJ December 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

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!!!

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17 Stef November 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

An incredible cupcake for a most deserving woman. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your story. I just shared it on my FB page because I thought everyone should see it.
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18 Olga Erazo November 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Gracias por ésta deliciosa receta la voy a hacer.

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19 Creative Culinary November 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

De Nada!

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20 Kimmy November 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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!

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21 Jessica schwausch October 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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
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22 Creative Culinary October 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

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

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23 porscha lopez October 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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

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24 Creative Culinary October 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

Best of luck to you Porscha and thank you for the sweet comment.

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25 Kathy October 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

it says 1/4 heavy cream…. is that Cups, tbsp or tsp??

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26 Creative Culinary October 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm

An oops for sure Kathy; I’ve fixed it and it’s 1/4 cup or 4 Tbsp! Thanks for the catch…Barb

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27 Kathy October 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Thanks for the quick reply! I am making it today!! yay! Can’t wait to try it !

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28 Creative Culinary October 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I am jealous; could you send me a huge spoonful of that frosting? Boy did I love that stuff!

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29 Crystal Morgan October 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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!

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30 Creative Culinary October 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Oops…should be 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve fixed it; thanks!

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31 JB October 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm

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!

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32 Creative Culinary October 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

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. :)

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33 Paula October 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

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.
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34 Creative Culinary October 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm

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!

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35 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

What an amazing post. Thanks for sharing – and these cupcakes! Definitely the perfect way to celebrate!
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36 Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden September 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

These are really special cupcakes for the special lady and her special occasion. Congratulation and all the best.
I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it.
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37 Creative Culinary September 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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

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38 Jan Gordon September 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

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

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39 Creative Culinary September 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thank you Jan, I think she is too…inside and out. I hope you enjoy the cupcakes as much as we did!

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40 Jessica S. @ Floptimism September 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

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!
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41 foodfashionandflow September 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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!
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42 Creative Culinary September 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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! :)

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43 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen September 20, 2013 at 6:02 am

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
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44 Creative Culinary September 20, 2013 at 10:22 am

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!! :)

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45 Jayne September 20, 2013 at 4:28 am

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

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46 Jayne September 20, 2013 at 4:22 am

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

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47 Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com September 20, 2013 at 2:48 am

Wow, what an amazing post! Fantastic news about your daughter–congratulations on being cancer free! Here’s to spending many more years together. Cheers!
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48 Km September 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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]

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49 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking September 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Oh my goodness, Barbara! What wonderful news for Lauren!! Thank you so much for sharing this happy time with your readers, and your recipe. These cupcakes look irresistible!

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50 Mia September 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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!

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51 Creative Culinary September 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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

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52 Karen (Back Road Journal) September 17, 2013 at 5:43 am

I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday. Your cupcakes are certainly worthy of the special occasion.
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53 Creative Culinary September 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I’m sure she did…she’s still celebrating up in the mountains; nice huh?

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54 Monet September 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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!

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55 Creative Culinary September 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Thanks Monet; you should know brave and beautiful!

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56 Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! September 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

Glad to hear that your daughter is continuing to do so well. I love the gorgeous picture of her. She’s amazing!
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57 Creative Culinary September 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Anne-Marie…isn’t that picture amazing; who knew balk could be so doggone beautiful?

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58 Susan September 16, 2013 at 5:28 am

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!

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59 Creative Culinary September 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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? :)

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60 Hannah September 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Woohoo, this is happy news indeed, Barb!! So much to celebrate. Sending both you and your daughter warm hugs and wishes for a wonderful, healthy year ahead. And what a way to indulge…this bourbon drizzle looks divine. xx
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61 Creative Culinary September 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

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

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62 Tamara Coleman September 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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 :)
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63 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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!

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64 Jamie @lifelovelemons September 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

YAY!!!! So happy for you. And loving these cupcakes too ;)
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65 Kristina September 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

oh Barb, I sit here with joyful tears as I read this – happy birthday to Lauren, happy Birth Day to you – such a reason to celebrate!
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66 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Thank you Kristina…it is a very happy day indeed!

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67 Lynne Webb September 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

What a great post! Terrific recipe, beautiful photo and best of all, a wonderful story to go with it.
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68 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Thank you Lynne…we are blessed the story does have such a happy ending.

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69 Ansh | Spiceroots September 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Happy Birthday, Lauren! Hugs and wishes for many many more Birthdays.

Beautiful, luscious cupcakes Barb. Hugs to you too.
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70 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

And ours to you…what a week huh?

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71 Holly September 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

What a wonderful reason to celebrate! 30 years old and a victory over cancer, what a year! Your cupcakes are perfect for the occasion. Enjoy the weekend!
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72 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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!

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73 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Lauren is so beautiful, both inside and out and I’m sure she gets it all from her very strong willed mommy. Love you my friend and love Lauren even more!!

I’ve never been happier before, now that she’s cancer free!! Happy Birthday, sweet Lauren!! xoxo
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74 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm

You are so sweet…thank you so much for your kind words Kiran. XOXO

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75 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Beautiful birthday tribute to Lauren, so glad to hear she is cancer free!

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76 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thank you Laura…probably the best news ever!

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77 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Beautiful post, and gorgeous cupcakes! Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter – so happy that she is cancer-free!!

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78 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thank you Sommer; best birthday present ever I would say (although she still gave me a wish list!). :)

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79 Daniela September 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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!

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80 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

And thank you for dropping by Daniela and for your very sweet words.

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81 Sara @ Saucy Dipper September 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Reading this gave me goosebumps. So glad your baby girl is cancer free!
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82 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

You get it probably more than she does. She will FOREVER be my baby girl.

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83 Abbe@This is How I Cook September 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

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!
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84 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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!

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85 Tammy Stratton September 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

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

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86 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Thank you for your help through this journey…I’ll still share some goodies now and then too!

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87 john@kitchenriffs September 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

Congrats to Lauren! I’m so happy for both of you. :-) And these cupcakes are a great way to celebrate! I’m more a dark rum than whiskey person when it comes to booze in baked goods, but I do break out the bourbon from time to time. These are wonderful. Love the drizzle shot!
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88 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks John. AND…you gotta try more bourbon; it can be FANTASTIC in baked goods and sauces. I promise!

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89 Miss Messy September 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

That drizzle looks unreal! I could dive into a bucket of it :)
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90 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Me too. I might have licked a bit too much of it but we’ll just call that recipe testing, OK? :)

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91 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme September 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

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.

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92 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

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!

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93 Jamie September 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

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

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94 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

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.

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95 Adri September 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

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

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96 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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.

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97 Wendy Read September 13, 2013 at 8:05 am

Wow, I am so happy for both of you!!!! Many more birthdays and celebrations ahead of both you :) Gorgeous pics and fab recipe as well!

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98 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

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

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99 Teresa September 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

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.
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100 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

You are so sweet; thank you from the bottom of my heart Teresa…Barb

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101 Karen Harris September 13, 2013 at 7:13 am

Happy birthday Lauren and may you have many more! Birthdays are cancer’s worse enemy.
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102 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I had never thought of that but it’s a great saying…hey, you should enter it in a contest! :)

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103 coco cooks September 13, 2013 at 5:48 am

Happy Birthday. She looks and sounds like a warrior. Shes strong and a survivor!

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104 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

That she is…it takes one too; an exhausting journey even if a successful one.

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105 Alicia September 13, 2013 at 5:24 am

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.
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106 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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! :)

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107 Jeanne @ Cooksister September 13, 2013 at 5:12 am

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!
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108 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I am a miracle aren’t I…maybe I’ll age soon…to 49. :)

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109 Lizzy (Good Things) September 13, 2013 at 5:11 am

Oh Barbara, I feel so joyful to read this post, such wonderful news. No parent should have to see their child suffer. I have seen my own son suffer for some 15 years now and it’s the worst thing. Saying cheers to you both. Much hugs ox
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110 Creative Culinary September 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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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