bourbon spice cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

Once upon a time there were supposed to be opening season hockey games tonight, and now there aren’t.

Voice in my head says, “No one cares that you’ve been looking forward to this day for six months, Nikki. No one cares that the promise of today is what kept you sane through a long, humid summer filled with hours upon hours watching baseball, tennis, rowing, soccer and all other warm weather sports played on grass or sand or in the water, with players who wear only the occasional knee pad for protection and, sometimes, even play in bare feet. Bare feet!”

Grumble grumble. Foot stomp. Sigh.

Here’s a big cat in a little box.

Here’s a big cat and a slightly less big cat on a pillow.

Here’s a sleepy face.

Kittehs are good.
Cinnamon in frosting is good.
Bourbon in everything is good.
Cupcakes will always be here for me.
Cupcakes will never go on strike.

Why don’t you guys come over tonight? We’ll eat cupcakes while we reenact the Flyers 2010 Cup run using hand puppets and an Oreo.

I’m serious.

Bourbon Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe adapted from Maker’s Mark
Makes 12 cupcakes
Printable recipe

Cupcake ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter substitute (I used Earth Balance), softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup plain almond milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Frosting ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup vegan cream cheese substitute (I used Tofutti)
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter substitute (I used Earth Balance), softened
  • 3 1/4 cups vegan confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.


In a separate bowl, mix the vegan butter and brown sugar on low-medium speed until fully combined.

Add in the applesauce and almond milk.

Stir in the molasses. Don’t freak out when the almond milk separates and looks all weird. It’s totally fine.


Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing on low-medium speed until fully combined. Stir in the bourbon. Stir in the lemon juice.


Pour the batter into a cupcake tin, filling each cup all the way to the top. Bake the cupcakes for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly.


Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

Make the frosting by combining all ingredients in a large bowl and mixing on low-medium speed. Store your frosting in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. Frost the cupcakes.

18 thoughts on “bourbon spice cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

  1. Although I am not a vegan I love reading your blog and getting fantastic ideas for good food. I had a quick question – why is normal confectionary sugar NOT vegan? Thanks for indulging my ignorance!

  2. YUM! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I enjoy your blog very much and look forward to each week’s post :)

  3. I feel your pain. By now, my long trudgery through a summer full of hearing people talk about baseball, basketball, and golf would be rewarded with the sound of cutting ice and slams against the glass, all while drinking a cold beer and sporting an orange tee. But alas, here I am, wearing a Philly shirt only dreaming about the day when hockey returns to my world again… I would totally join the puppet re-enactment as long as I can be Hartnell.

  4. I so feel your pain. I was looking forward to watching my Avs dominate this year. My boyfriend (a Blackhawks fan) has been threatining my with a constant replay of the Hawks Stanley Cup dvd if the season doesn’t start soon…

  5. I’m a Penguins fan, but this lockout’s put fans of all NHL teams in the same boat. I definitely need to try these! I came via VegNews’ Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

  6. You had me at bourbon! They sound wonderful, and look DELISH! I am pretty frustrated with no hockey, it is one of my favorite sports:-) So I totally understand how you feel. Sending hugs, Terra

  7. By the way, I made these for a Halloween party this weekend and they were awesome! Definitely a new favorite. They even taste great the next day after being stored in the fridge! I love the spices & bourbon.

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