Baker’s Break: Big Lebowski White Russian Cupcakes

24 Jun
The Dude Drinks a White Russian - Big Lebowski

The Dude in his natural habitat
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So I’ve been busy with decidedly non-countercultural writing, and I thought I’d jump back into this blog with a delicious post based on my favorite countercultural movie, The Big Lebowski. Instead of delving into why The Dude represents the antihero of 1960s counterculture who was left behind by mainstream society and dragged into the morally bankrupt malaise of a post-‘Nam, pre-Desert Storm America, I’m going to show you how to make white russian cupcakes.

Trust me, you’ll thank me when you get the munchies at your next Big Lebowski party.

White Russian Cupcakes Recipe Step 1

Here’s whatall you’ll need


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz. box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil (okay, you can probably get away with 3/4 of a cup, but trust me on this one)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua, plus 2 tablespoons (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Kahlua
  • 1 tablespoon of vodka
  • 1 teaspoon of semisweet chocolate, shavings

How it’s Done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  2. Place cake mix, pudding mix, oil, milk, cream, eggs, vodka, 1/2 cup of Kahlua, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed.
    White Russian Cupcakes Recipe Step 2

    Beat it like Walter beats Smokey

  3. Spoon or scoop 1/3 cup batter into each lined cupcake cup, filling it three quarters of the way full. (Remove empty liners if you don’t get the full 24 cupcakes).
    White Russian Cupcakes Recipe Step 3

    Now lick bowl

  4. Bake until they are golden and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, about 17-20 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven.
    White Russian Cupcakes Recipe Step 4

    What? They’re all uneven? Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

  5. Cool for 5 minutes. Mix remaining 2 tablespoons Kahlua with 2 tablespoons of vodka, then brush the tops of the cupcakes with the mixture. This step is important ‘cuz it’s where the cupcakes get most of their boozy flavor. Really soak these babies, and feel free to mix up more vodka/Kahlua mixture if you need it.
     2 tablespoons Kahlua mixed with 2 tablesWhite Russian Cupcakes Recipe 5poons of vodk

    Careful! There’s a beverage here!

  6. Remove cupcakes from pans. Place on wire rack to cool.
  7. For the frosting, place a large, clean mixing bowl and electric mixer beaters in the freezer to chill for 1 minute. Remove the bowl and beaters from the freezer.
  8. Pour the heavy cream into the bowl and beat with electric mixer on high speed until the cream has thickened, 1 1/2 minutes.
  9. Stop the machine and add the sugar and 1 tablespoon Kahlua plus 1 tablespoon of vodka.
  10. Beat the cream on high speed until stiff peaks form, 1-2 more minutes. Taste the frosting, and add more booze if you fancy it.
    White Russian Cupcakes Recipe step 6

    Another caucasian, Gary.

  11. Place a heaping tablespoon of the whipped cream on each cupcake and swirl to spread it out with a short metal spatula or spoon, taking care to cover tops completely.
  12. Garnish with chocolate shavings
    White Russian Cupcakes Recipe step 7

    You can really just use any chocolate you have laying around the house.

And boom, you got yourself some caucasian cupcakes. The booze tends to evaporate, so these are really best when fresh.

White Russian Cupcakes Recipe step 8

Seriously. Eat them all. Don’t even feel bad about it.

The best part is you’ll have two [almost] full bottles of booze to use for the requisite white russians you drink while viewing the film for the 838th time.

Note: I based this recipe on this one, but made several adjustments.

The Dude drinks a white russian

Aw, don’t feel bad, Dude. I hated to see Donnie go, too. Here, have a cupcake.
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If you try these, leave me a message in the comments to let me know what you think!


2 Responses to “Baker’s Break: Big Lebowski White Russian Cupcakes”

  1. nettski June 25, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    Such a good idea! I had Margarita cupcakes not too long ago and they were lovely. Now thinking of other boozy cake combos! Maybe Piña Colada..?

    • emkaydoubleyou June 25, 2013 at 7:55 am #

      Thanks for the comment! I’m a big fan of boozy baking, especially when it’s easy with a box mix. I’ve made Guinness red velvet cake, which was delish, but what I really want to make is these mimosa cupcakes. The only thing I’ve found is that the boozy taste seems to disappear after a day or so. Just got to eat ’em fast I guess.

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