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Make Ahead Dinner Party Recipes: Fireball Cupcakes #SundaySupper

It’s the holiday season, and as much as we like to celebrate and party, none of us like spending ALL of our time in the kitchen.  So, how do we host a dinner party or holiday get together without all the work?  Simple…make as much as possible ahead of time!

I understand that some dishes just can’t be made ahead of time. However, if a recipe can be made ahead, why not save yourself some time on the day of the party?

This year’s holiday party dessert that has both wowed and thrilled my friends has been my Fireball Cupcakes.  Yes, Fireball…as in cinnamon whisky. Yes, they are a HUGE hit!

Fireball Cupcakes

fireball cupcakes 2Ingredients

Fireball Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Serving Size: 1

Adults-Only Fireball Whiskey Cupcakes with Fireball Whiskey Buttercream


  • 2 sticks butter-softened
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. Fireball Whisky
  • Fireball Buttercream
  • 2 sticks butter-softened
  • 2 c. shortening
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar-sifted
  • 4-6 TBSP Fireball Whisky
  • Fireball Glaze
  • 1 c. Fireball Whisky
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring


  1. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar until lemony yellow.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  On low, mix in vanilla extract and sour cream. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour to batter alternately with milk and whisky.
  2. Scoop into lined muffin tins.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  3. For the buttercream:
  4. In a mixer with a whisk attachment, beat butter, shortening, and salt until smooth, scraping down the sides frequently.  Add half of powdered sugar, and slowly mix in.  Add remaining powdered sugar and mix on low.  As needed, add whisky to loosen buttercream.  Once everything is incorporated, turn mixer onto high and allow it to whip for 5 minutes.  Frost cupcakes as desired. Drizzle with Fireball Glaze and top with a Hot Tamale (candy).
  5. For the Fireball Glaze:
  6. In a saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch.  Add whisky and cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and glaze thickens.  Stir in food coloring. Allow to cool before drizzling onto cupcakes.
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**Since the buttercream uses straight whisky, the alcohol has not cooked out, so these little gems are NOT for the kiddos!

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