Absinthe Cupcakes: Brought to You By the Green Fairy

Absinthe Cupcakes: Brought to You By the Green Fairy

cupcakes, absinthe, drink-based, glaze
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The Green Fairy Presents: Absinthe Cupcakes

Prepare for a fantastical journey of taste like none you have experienced before.

What The Fairy’s Friends Said About Absinthe Cupcakes

The Green Fairy’s Only Friend who Had Tried Absinthe Before: Liked the flavor but was disappointed that he didn’t get drunk from the cupcake. (You can definitely taste the absinthe, but sorry, they won’t make you drunk.)

My Pregnant Friend: “This is the closest I’m going to get to alcohol for a while!” She liked them, but thought the texture was too thick.

My Friend who Puts Much Thought Into His Reviews: “I love the texture. It’s very filling so I could stop at one, but it’s so good I could have two or three.”

Groom 2.0: Groom 2.0 was under the influence of the sick fairy so he couldn’t taste anything.

I loved these cupcakes. They had the texture of cornbread (you’ll see there is actually cornmeal in them) and the mild, yet definitive flavor of spice cake but with totally different spices than you would find in a typical spice cake. The topping is simply sugar and absinthe. Some thought there was too much sugar. Some thought there was too little sugar. Some wanted normal frosting. I thought the balance was just right.

I don’t like licorice nor did several of my tasters and we still enjoyed these absinthe cupcakes. People say absinthe tastes like licorice and it does have a small resemblance to it, but it is not the same taste.

The Absinthe Cupcake Recipe

I got the recipe from David Lebovitz. He made these as a cake and I converted them to cupcakes. I reprinted the recipe with my changes below.

Absinthe Cupcakes: Brought to You By the Green Fairy

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Absinthe Cupcakes: Brought to You By the Green Fairy


    Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 t anise seeds
  • 1 1/4 C flour
  • 1/2 C cornmeal
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 8 T unsalted butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 C whole milk (I used heavy whipping cream because that's what I had on hand)
  • 1/4 C absinthe (I used Absente from Buy Absinthe Alcohol. For more on using and buying absinthe, read this.)
  • 1 small orange
  • Absinthe Glaze Ingredients
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 C absinthe


    Cupcake Instructions
  1. In a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, grind the anise seeds until relatively fine. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and anise seeds. Set aside. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until they are incorporated. Mix together the milk and absinthe with a small handful of orange zest (Use more if you want the orange flavor to shine more. I used about 1/2 t.) Stir half the dry ingredients into the beaten butter. Then add the milk and absinthe mixture. Stir in the remaining dry mixture, being careful not to over mix. They hardly rise at all so you can fill your liners almost all the way to the top. Bake for 30 min at 350 degrees.
  2. Absinthe Glaze Instructions
  3. Stir the sugar and the absinthe. You do NOT want the sugar to dissolve in the absinthe. As you can see in the picture, the glaze had big sugary clumps. Poke holes in the cupcakes and drizzle the glaze into the holes and all over the tops of the cupcakes. All of the glaze should be used when you are done.


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19 comments on “Absinthe Cupcakes: Brought to You By the Green Fairy”

  1. Kimberly says:

    More photos of the Green Fairy please!!!

  2. Gigi says:

    Another original recipe! I love, love coming here to see what else has morphed into a cupcake. Very creative!

  3. Ran Mano says:

    The drunkard would like it noted that he enjoyed the cupcakes thoroughly, despite the dubious lack of inebriation. The heaviness of the cake worked well with frosting’s texture. Usually I’m all about the soft and creamy cupcake, but this one won me over.

  4. laura says:

    Was fun to read about this one!

    In case you or your readers are interested, there is a ‘cupcake carrier’ being given away on another blog:

    Seems like an excellent idea! I have one from crate and barrel (although it’s a bit different), and love it.

  5. Jules says:

    These look fab!

  6. ~Madeline~ says:

    Now this could be dangerous! These are so cool. Nice work!

  7. Elliot says:

    hey: when I’m back in town, can I try one of the absinthe cupcakes?

    You know, absinthe makes the heart grow fonder, bwah hah!


  8. Elliot says:

    hey: when I’m back in town, can I try one of the absinthe cupcakes?

    You know, absinthe makes the heart grow fonder, bwah hah!


  9. Stef says:

    Kimberly – Nope. Just one. :)

    Gigi – Thanks! It’s so much fun.

    Ran – Do you now read the blog just to see if you are mentioned in some code?

    Laura – Thanks for passing that on! Everyone likes free stuff!

    Jules – Thanks so much!

    Madeline – Hah! It’s true.

    Elliot – You couldn’t help yourself could you? In fact, you thought it was so funny you had to say it twice.

  10. CB says:

    oh my! I’d say you earned your commission. haha. green wings are really fab on you ;) You rock.

  11. Genius! My brother brought some absinthe back from Belgium or Denmark for me a few years ago. While I’ve never seen the Green Fairy, I do like the whole ritual of the glass, spoon, sugar cube, and water. It’s a good party trick. :-)

  12. Ginny says:

    Fabulous idea! I love the photo with the Green Fairy!

  13. Stef says:

    CB – Hah! Thanks! Maybe I’ll bring them out again for Halloween.

    Kelly – Having Absinthe at a party at all is a good party trick. Seems to be all the rage.

    Ginny – Thanks! I don’t often let my husband photograph me, but he promised I wouldn’t be the focus of the photo so I let him.

  14. brandiweed says:

    Late to the party here, but could the glaze be made by combining the absinthe with, say, green sanding sugar? That’d give it a colorful look!

  15. Stef says:

    Brandiweed – What a great idea! You could definitely do that!

  16. brandiweed says:

    I joked with friends that I might make cupcakes like these next time they decide to have a Moulin Rouge viewing party– so maybe I *will*.

    I see a few pretty options here: green sanding sugar (Wilton actually sells a green and white mix), Wilton’s Cake Sparkles (which seem to be a sort of sugar flake), and their pearlized ssugar.

  17. Bridal Gowns says:

    I really wish I hadn’t seen this as I really want one now!

  18. Anonymous says:

    How can one that is pregnant enjoy these since the frosting is sugar and absinthe which hasn’t been cooked? Did I miss something?

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