Fireball Cupcakes: A Fiery Treat for Your Taste Buds

Welcome to the intoxicating world of fireball cupcakes, the perfect bite-size treat for a boozy night in. These cupcakes are infused with the fiery cinnamon and whisky notes of Fireball whisky, creating a flavorful and unforgettable dessert that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

This recipe takes a delicious boxed yellow cake mix and turns it into a boozy, delicious treat by substituting some of the liquid with Fireball whisky. The result is a moist, fluffy sponge cake with a spicy cinnamon kick that pairs perfectly with creamy buttercream frosting or tangy cream cheese frosting.

Whether you’re looking for a unique dessert to bring to a party or want to enjoy a fun twist on traditional desserts, these fireball cupcakes are sure to impress. So dust off your cupcake liners and preheat your oven, because this Fireball Cupcakes recipe from Delish is about to take your desserts game to the next level.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fireball Cupcakes
Fireball Cupcakes

Looking for a fun and playful dessert that’ll spice up your taste buds? These Fireball Cupcakes may just be the thing you need! With a delightful kick of cinnamon whisky, these cupcakes are flavorful, boozy and utterly delicious. Trust me; this recipe will be one to remember!

What stands out the most about these Fireball Cupcakes is they’re made from a boxed cake mix. That means less time preparing and more time indulging in the boozy goodness. Plus, it proves that convenience doesn’t always compromise quality!

The added Fireball whisky infused in both the cake mix and buttercream frosting takes this recipe to another level, elevating it into indulgence territory without overcomplicating things. It’s perfect for those who like their desserts to have a bit of punch to them.

While traditional cupcakes are lovely, these Cinnamon Whisky Infused Cupcakes are sure to impress any crowd. Whether you’re looking for something fun for your next party or just craving something sweet and boozy after dinner, these cupcakes will fit the bill.

As a bonus, this recipe also offers suggestions for substitutions and variations, ensuring you can adapt it to your desired flavors or dietary restrictions. Add in a decadent swirl of cream cheese frosting or maybe try dark chocolate cupcakes as a base? The possibilities are endless.

So go ahead and give these boozy cupcakes a try! I promise the flavorful mixture of cinnamon whisky-infused cake mix layered with buttercream frosting will kick your taste buds up a notch for an unforgettable treat!

Ingredient List

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These cupcakes are on fire! ????

Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make these flavorful Fireball cupcakes:


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Fireball whisky, divided (3/4 cup and 1/4 cup)

Buttercream frosting:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Fireball whisky
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Don’t worry, most of these ingredients are pantry staples. Be sure to check your spice cabinet for cinnamon and your liquor cabinet for fireball whisky.

The Recipe How-To

 Wake up your taste buds with a little Fireball!
Wake up your taste buds with a little Fireball!

Now it’s time to get baking! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make these Fireball Cupcakes.

Step 1: Preheat and prepare

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients

In a large bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, cinnamon, and kosher salt.

Step 3: Mix wet ingredients

Add the vegetable oil, fireball whisky (1 cup), eggs (3), and pure vanilla extract to the bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until all ingredients are well combined. Add the powdered sugar (4 cups) in two additions, beating until thoroughly incorporated.

Step 4: Bake

Spoon the batter into lined muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Step 5: Cool down

Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about five minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips for Perfect Results

  • Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Don’t overmix the batter as this can cause dense cupcakes.
  • If some cupcakes rise more than others, use a serrated knife to level them off before frosting.
  • Use high-quality fireball whiskey for enhanced flavors.

Congratulations! You’ve made flavorful and boozy Fireball Cupcakes that will impress anyone with their unique taste. You can top them off with buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting or even make fireball poke cupcakes! The options are endless.

Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs a shot glass when you have cupcakes?
Who needs a shot glass when you have cupcakes?

The Fireball Cupcakes recipe is already incredibly flavorful and boozy on its own with the use of Fireball whisky and cinnamon. However, if you want to switch things up a bit or have dietary restrictions, there are options available for substitutions and variations.

For kosher bakers, you can substitute unsalted butter for margarine to make these cupcakes pareve. You can also try using dairy-free cake mix, vegetable oil instead of butter, and egg substitutes such as applesauce or mashed banana to make these cupcakes vegan-friendly.

If you don’t have Fireball whisky on hand, you can substitute it with any other cinnamon-flavored whisky or rum of your choice. Just keep in mind that using regular whiskey can change the flavor profile of the cupcakes drastically.

If you prefer a more subdued flavor or want to decrease the alcohol content in the cupcake, you may swap out half of the Fireball whisky with water or apple juice instead.

To add some texture to the cupcakes, you can fold in chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts into the batter before baking. You may also sprinkle some nuts on top of the frosting as a decoration.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try making the Fireball Poke Cupcakes variation where holes are poked into each cupcake and filled with additional Fireball whisky before frosting. This will give an extra kick of cinnamon and booze in every bite.

For those who prefer chocolate over yellow cake, try making Fireball Whiskey Chocolate Cupcakes by using chocolate cake mix instead.

Whichever variation you choose to make from this recipe, be sure to adjust the quantity of ingredients accordingly based on your substitutions. Enjoy your flavorful and boozy delicious boxed cake mix infused cupcakes!

Serving and Pairing

 A twist on traditional cinnamon cupcakes!
A twist on traditional cinnamon cupcakes!

Once your flavorful Fireball cupcakes are out of the oven and ready to eat, it’s time to think about pairing. These boozy, delicious cupcakes are perfect for any dessert lover or whiskey enthusiast.

The cinnamon and Fireball whisky make these cupcakes kick, so they’re best served with a simple, creamy icing like a buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting. If you’re feeling extra fiery, try topping them with a drizzle of more Fireball whiskey.

For a contrast in textures, pair these infused cupcakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. The coolness of the ice cream will help balance out the warmth from the cinnamon and whisky.

If you want to showcase these Fireball whiskey cupcakes as the main attraction at your next dessert spread, consider pairing them with other bite-sized desserts, like chocolate cupcakes or other booze-infused sweets.

Lastly, don’t forget to serve your guests some hot coffee or tea alongside these cinnamon cupcakes. The warm drinks will complement and enhance the flavors in the cupcakes, providing a cozy and comforting finish to any meal. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These cupcakes will definitely spice up your life!
These cupcakes will definitely spice up your life!

With these flavorful Fireball cupcakes, you’ll likely want to make a whole bunch in advance to enjoy over time. Luckily, this recipe is perfect for making ahead and storing for future consumption.

To make ahead, I recommend baking the cupcakes as directed in the recipe and letting them cool completely. Once cooled, store the cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to a week. For even longer storage, you can freeze the cupcakes for up to 3 months.

When it’s time to reheat the cupcakes, simply remove them from storage and allow them to come to room temperature before reheating. To reheat your Fireball-infused cupcakes, preheat your oven to 350°F and place the cupcakes on a baking sheet. Heat them for about 5-10 minutes or until they reach your desired temperature.

To add an extra kick of Fireball flavor after reheating, consider drizzling some more of the cinnamon whisky on top of the cakes or poke holes in them with a fork and filling the holes with additional Fireball whisky.

If you have leftover frosting or icing, store it separately from the cupcakes and refrigerate it in an airtight container. You can reheat or soften the frosting as needed using a microwave or by stirring it well at room temperature.

With these tips, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your boozy delicious boxed cake mix infused cupcakes whenever you have a craving for that flavorful Fireball kick!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A delicious way to bring the heat!
A delicious way to bring the heat!

Creating the perfect Fireball Cupcakes is a task that requires attention to detail, patience, and some skills in the kitchen. To ensure that you come out with delicious, boozy cupcakes infused with Fireball whiskey, I have compiled a list of useful tips to help you prepare the best cupcakes every time.

1. Start with high-quality ingredients

The key to making great Fireball Cupcakes is starting with high-quality ingredients. Use fresh eggs, unsalted butter, and pure vanilla extract for the best results. Also, make sure to use kosher salt instead of regular table salt for added flavor.

2. Follow the recipe precisely

While it may be tempting to improvise, it’s essential to follow the recipe instructions precisely to get the best results. Ensure that you measure out your ingredients accurately and don’t skip any steps.

3. Adjust oven temperature accordingly

Some oven models tend to cook at different rates than others, which means that a baking time of 18-20 minutes for these Fireball Cupcakes might not be accurate for everyone. If you find yourself struggling to get perfect results with your cupcakes, you may need to adjust your oven’s temperature up or down by a few degrees.

4. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting

No one likes melted frosting on their cupcakes. To avoid this issue, allow your cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them.

5. Store in an airtight container

To keep your Fireball Cupcakes fresh and moist for as long as possible, store them in an airtight container in the fridge or at room temperature. Place parchment paper between each layer of cupcakes to prevent them from sticking together.

By following these simple tips, you can create flavorful Fireball Cupcakes every time! So go ahead and try this fiery dessert recipe today!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy cupcakes, be sure to try our Fireball Cupcakes recipe. With the perfect blend of cinnamon and whisky flavors, these delicious cupcakes are sure to impress. Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or simply indulging in a sweet treat, our Fireball Cupcakes recipe is the perfect choice.

If you have any doubts about this recipe, just remember that our tips and recommendations will guide you towards perfect results. Plus, with substitutions and variations clearly laid out, you have the flexibility to customize your cupcakes to your own taste preferences.

So why not take a chance on something new? With just a few simple steps, you can whip up a batch of flavorful Fireball Cupcakes that are sure to delight everyone at the table. Trust us – once you try this recipe, it won’t be long before you’re hooked on these boozy delights!

Fireball Cupcakes

Fireball Cupcakes Recipe

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Dessert, For Large Groups, Low Protein
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 Cupcakes
Calories: 367.5kcal


  • 1 (16 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups whiskey, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • red and yellow food coloring
  • hot tamale, for decoration


  • Preheat oven to 350° and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cake mix and cinnamon, then stir in vegetable oil, eggs, and 1 cup Fireball. Bake according to package directions. Let cool completely before frosting.
  • Make Fireball frosting: In a large bowl, combine butter, half the powdered sugar, vanilla , salt, and remaining 1/4 cup Fireball.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat until smooth. Add the remaining 2 cups powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Gently stir in yellow food coloring, then red, being careful not to overmix (you want it to be streaky).
  • Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with one Hot Tamale each.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 85g | Calories: 367.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7.2g | Cholesterol: 52.8mg | Sodium: 168.9mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 33.4g

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