Fireball Cupcakes

Fireball Cupcake

Like Fireball whiskey? Atomic Fireball candy? Dungeons and Dragons? Mario? An excuse to make cupcakes? Then these are for you.

Warning: They’re potent. They’re boozy and they’ve got a spicy cinnamon kick. You’re gonna love them.

Fireball Cupcakes


  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • Ingredients needs for box spice cake mix, minus the water (mine needed 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 3 eggs)
  • 1 cup + 1 TBS Fireball (or another spicy cinnamon flavored whiskey)
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash salt
  • red and yellow food coloring (optional)
  • cinnamon candies (optional)


Prepare the spice cake mix as is directed on the back of the box, but instead of water, use Fireball. (My cake mix called for 1 cup of water, so I put in 1 cup of Fireball instead.) Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 of the way with the batter, and bake as directed on the back of the box.

Remove cupcakes from the oven once a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Mix the butter in a mixer until fully smooth, then slowly add the powdered sugar in, one cup at a time, until it is all mixed. Add a TBS of Fireball, and the vanilla and salt. Mix for about 5 minutes or until the frosting has a beautiful, whipped consistency.

Fireball Cupcake Frosting
Want to make the fire frosting you see above? Divide the frosting up in 3 bowls. Set aside one. In one bowl, place yellow food coloring, and in the other, red food coloring. (I use AmeriColor gel food coloring.) Mix the frostings with the food coloring until the color you’d like is reached. Place each color side by side in a pastry bag. (It’s ok if they end up getting a bit mixed up, it makes a more realistic fire color!) Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes and top with a cinnamon candy. Enjoy!



  1. Oooooh! I actually have all but the icing I’m my cupboard! I’m going to have to try and make these!

  2. Definitely need to make these for our roleplaying group one time

  3. what is the tip size for the frosting

  4. Deonna,

    I used an Ateco closed star tip, I believe it was #846!

  5. Made these last year for my husbands birthday cause he loves fireball. His birthday is Friday 3/4 so I’am gonna make then again they were soooooooo yummy. Every body loved them. I put a fireball candy on each one. This year I’am gonna put red hots on them…

  6. How many cupcakes does this make?

  7. Hi Jennifer! The cupcakes will make the amount listed on the back of the cake mix box you use!

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  11. I’m making homemade Spice Cake mix from recipe book, does not call for water. It does however call for shortening, eggs, and buttermilk. What should I do to make sure that the cupcakes come out the right way?

  12. Ruth,

    I unfortunately can’t recommend something to replace with fireball since I haven’t tried this recipe you’re referring to, but I’d suggest throwing in a shot of fireball with the cake mix, and then once it’s cooked, glazing the cake with some fireball while it’s still in the pan. This will allow it to soak in a bit. I hope that helps!

  13. Tara! I must say, that even though my frosting did not come out as I expected. I made these cupcakes for someone’s birthday using a cake recipe for Spice cake and it turned out it was a hit. Everyone had at least one. A close friend of mine, actually had 4 of them. I just want to Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  14. How many does this make? also I was thinking of making an apple compote that I flambeed in fireball

  15. disregard my question. lol. didn’t see that it had been answered

  16. I made these for my boss! She requested them for her birthday. The whole office loved them. I used Betty Crocker super moist spice cake mix. They turned out great. Would be good with apple bits or even in a carrot cake.

  17. I want to make these, but I always fill my cupcakes, usually with a flavored mousse. Any thoughts on what would pair well as a filling?

  18. Mary Ellen,

    You might want to try a cinnamon sugar flavored mousse!

  19. You could try cream cheese with Fireball. I’ve had strawberries filled with a cream cheese and vodka mixture.

  20. Nancy Gonzalez

    I’m gonna try making these for my mother’s day cook out for my girlfriends except I’m gonna use yellow cake box mix don’t like spice cake and I’m gonna use can icing and add the fireball to it I hope it works out because I’m looking forward to them I bought fireball candy too decorate the top .dose anyone have any advise

  21. Can kids eat these? I know alcohol gets baked out, but what about the frosting?

  22. The alcohol will still be present in the frosting, so you may want to just cut it from the frosting recipe if serving to kids.

  23. Great recipe! Thank you

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