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Vanilla Henny Cupcakes With Infused Cognac

Today I’m excited to share a delightful dessert with a twist – Henny Cupcakes. For those of you who might not know, Henny is short for Hennessy, a popular cognac brand.

These cupcakes are infused with the warm, sophisticated notes of cognac, making them the perfect treat for adults who enjoy a little indulgence. If you love to experiment with flavors and enjoy a good splash of spirits in your baking, this recipe is definitely for you. 

This recipe features a vanilla cupcake that are fantastic for a birthday party. Making these hennessy cupcakes for the first time will be so good! This is so fun to make for mini wedding cakes too. You could add mini bottles for a fun twist! 

What ingredients do you need for these henny cupcakes?

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 16 oz container buttercream frosting
  • 16 oz container salted caramel frosting
  • ½ – ¾ cup brandy
  • Gold sanding sugar
Vanilla Henny Cupcakes With Infused Cognac

FAQs About Cognac Cupcakes:

  1. Does the alcohol in the cognac bake out? Most of the alcohol will evaporate during the baking process, but some flavor and alcohol content will remain, giving the cupcakes a unique taste.
  2. Can I use a different type of alcohol? Yes, you can experiment with different types of spirits. Bourbon or dark rum could also work nicely.
  3. Do these cupcakes taste strongly of alcohol? The cognac provides a warm depth of flavor to these cupcakes, but it’s not overpowering. Remember, you control the amount you add, so feel free to adjust based on your preference.
Vanilla Henny Cupcakes With Infused Cognac

Tips and Tricks For These Boozy Cupcakes:

  • Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature before beginning, this ensures a smoother batter.
  • Be careful not to overmix your batter as this can make your cupcakes tough rather than light and fluffy.
  • Do a toothpick test to ensure your cupcakes are fully baked. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cupcakes are ready!


  1. Henny Chocolate Cupcakes: Add cocoa powder to your batter for a rich, chocolate flavor with a hint of cognac.
  2. Henny Fruit Cupcakes: Add some dried fruit like raisins or currants that have been soaked in cognac for a boozy fruit cupcake.

Where to Serve:

These Henny cupcakes are a fantastic addition to adult parties or gatherings, cocktail hours, and even as a unique dessert for dinner parties. Their unique flavor makes them a great conversation starter!


Store your Henny cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to a week. They can also be frozen (without frosting) for up to 2 months.

Topping Options:

  • Cognac-infused buttercream frosting
  • Vanilla or cream cheese frosting
  • A dusting of powdered sugar
  • Chocolate ganache

Why This Recipe Works:

This Henny Cupcake recipe stands out because of the unique flavor the cognac imparts. It adds a warm depth to the cupcakes, making them a sophisticated treat for adults. The alcohol also helps to keep the cupcakes moist and flavorful. And don’t worry if you’re not an expert baker, these cupcakes are straightforward to make and the result is absolutely delightful!

What are some other fun cupcake recipes to try?

If you are looking for more cupcake recipes be sure to check out  The Best Cupcake Recipes You Will Ever Try!

Easy Henny Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes

Easy Henny Cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

This fun boozy cupcake is a great option for a grown up dessert!


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 16 oz container buttercream frosting
  • 16 oz container salted caramel frosting
  • ½ - ¾ cup brandy
  • Gold sanding sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  3. Add the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs to a large bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer, and beat on high for 3 minutes, until you have a smooth batter.
  4. Fill 24 cupcake cavities ¾ full with batter, transfer the pan to the oven, and bake for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Transfer pan to a cooling rack, and allow cupcakes to cool for 1-2 hours.
  6. Add both cans of frosting to a medium bowl, or stand mixer, along with ½ tablespoon of brandy, and beat on high for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  7. Add the frosting to a piping bag equipped with the tip, and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.
  8. Sprinkle gold sanding sugar onto cupcakes.
  9. Fill the pipettes with brand, and insert into cupcakes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 466Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 69mgSodium 358mgCarbohydrates 64gFiber 1gSugar 46gProtein 3g

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