Kentucky Derby Pie Cupcakes: Place Your Bets on Chocolate, Walnuts, and Bourbon

Kentucky Derby Pie Cupcakes: Place Your Bets on Chocolate, Walnuts, and Bourbon


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In 2004, I went to the Kentucky Derby for my birthday. There were no Kentucky Derby cupcakes there, just a lot of rain. It rained so hard that they had to shut down the betting systems due to flooding. Jonathan and I had to walk in puddles of floating cigarette butts, beer bottles, and other things I choose not to think about.

We were in the infield. For those not in the know, the infield is not the dressed up fancy hat Derby that you see on TV. In fact, you can’t really see the races from the infield except on a big screen. However, it’s a big party atmosphere and being there was a blast, especially since I won my bet!

This year’s Derby is on Saturday! My Kentucky Derby Pie cupcakes dreamed that they were in the Derby:

It was a photo finish!

What is Derby Pie?

As described on Wikipedia, “The pie is a chocolate and walnut tart in a pie shell usually with a pastry dough crust. It is also commonly made with pecans, chocolate chips and Kentucky Bourbon. Popular additions are butterscotch, caramel, and other types of nuts.”

What is a Derby Pie Cupcake?

My Derby Pie cupcakes are chocolate cupcakes with Derby Pie filling mixed in. They are topped with a bourbon buttercream mixed with more Derby Pie filling.

The Derby Pie Cupcake Recipe: The Chocolate Cake

For the chocolate cake, I used chockylit’s recipe that I featured in my Better than Sex Chocolate Cupcakes.

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Kentucky Derby Pie Cupcakes: Place Your Bets on Chocolate, Walnuts, and Bourbon

Ingredients

Part II: The Derby Pie Cupcake Recipe: The Derby Pie Filling

  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1 C light corn syrup
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 C bourbon I used a cheap - $6.95 - store brand bottle of Kentucky Bourbon. A higher quality bourbon might have been better, but I can't report back on that.
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 C chopped pecans*

Instructions

Filling Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
  3. Cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Slowly pour the sugar mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.

Recipe Notes

*Walnuts can also be used. Move on in this post to continue with the Kentucky Derby Cupcake recipe.

The Derby Pie Cupcake Recipe: The Derby Pie Filling

The second part of the Derby Pie cupcake recipe is a Derby Pie filling recipe that I got from Allrecipes. I made it with walnuts instead of pecans. However, either nut would be good.

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Kentucky Derby Pie Cupcakes: Place Your Bets on Chocolate, Walnuts, and Bourbon

Ingredients

Part II: The Derby Pie Cupcake Recipe: The Derby Pie Filling

  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1 C light corn syrup
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 C bourbon I used a cheap - $6.95 - store brand bottle of Kentucky Bourbon. A higher quality bourbon might have been better, but I can't report back on that.
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 C chopped pecans*

Instructions

Filling Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
  3. Cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Slowly pour the sugar mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.

Recipe Notes

*Walnuts can also be used. Move on in this post to continue with the Kentucky Derby Cupcake recipe.
Print

Kentucky Derby Pie Cupcakes: Place Your Bets on Chocolate, Walnuts, and Bourbon

Ingredients

Part II: The Derby Pie Cupcake Recipe: The Derby Pie Filling

  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1 C light corn syrup
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 C bourbon I used a cheap - $6.95 - store brand bottle of Kentucky Bourbon. A higher quality bourbon might have been better, but I can't report back on that.
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 C chopped pecans*

Instructions

Filling Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
  3. Cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Slowly pour the sugar mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.

Recipe Notes

*Walnuts can also be used. Move on in this post to continue with the Kentucky Derby Cupcake recipe.

 

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12 comments on “Kentucky Derby Pie Cupcakes: Place Your Bets on Chocolate, Walnuts, and Bourbon”

  1. oh my gosh~ how were these?!?! I’m a Derby Pie freak. I love all things caramel (I think people are starting to figure out my issue) and this pie is one of my all time fave desserts. Pecans are sacred in this as far as I’m concerned. ;-)
    Please oh please tell me they turned out well. You got me all excited.

  2. Lisa says:

    Looks like we’re on the same page in the kitchen again, with a Kentucky Derby theme! Your cupcakes look and sound wonderful! And they have such interesting dreams. I’m glad you captured them in your photo!

    I do think that the quality of bourbon used in cooking makes a difference. We are limited in the brands that are readily available in my part of the country but I like Bulleit in candy or pie and Maker’s Mark for other uses.

  3. Hillary says:

    I’m going to the Kentucky Derby this year – I’m so excited!! If only I had these cupcakes with me :)

  4. Stef says:

    TW – This didn’t make it in the post because I just go the review right now, but Bride and Groom 2.0 are seriously considering this one as a wedding contender! I’d say they turned out well!

    Lisa – Hmm.. I’ll have to consider a better bourbon next day!

    Hillary – Have fun! Do you have real seats or are you in the infield?

  5. Nancy says:

    Coming late to the party, but I’m glad I got a leftover sample. Spectacular cupcake; my intention was to just taste and save the rest to savor later…but I was led astray by the flavor, texture, and general deliciousness.

  6. CaraCakes says:

    I went to college in KY and fell in love with Derby pie (and Maker’s Mark bourbon)! These are now on my “must make” list. Yummmmm! Thanks for your blog…
    I’m in the midst of a bride and groom 1.0 project… my own! caracakes.blogspot.com

  7. Michael says:

    Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake ! Cup cake !

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    Michael

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  8. Olivia says:

    I made these last night and they could possibly be the greatest cupcakes I’ve ever made/eaten! This recipe is a keeper : )

  9. Natalie says:

    These look amazing and I’m looking forward to trying them at my next Derby party.

    I have to say, though, they’re only Derby Pie cupcakes if you use pecans. No other nut will do. :-)

  10. Debbie says:

    Darlin…Derby is on Saturday EVERY year. Always the first Saturday of May :)

  11. Janelle says:

    Wowee, those are probably some of the most beautiful cupcakes I’ve ever seen!

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