Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes

As I have been saying, I am completely and totally on a cupcake kick right now. So when my husband and I were invited to a St. Patrick's day party a couple of weeks ago I offered to make some cupcakes. Since this was an adult-only bash, I knew that the dessert needed to be some drunken cupcakes! And since it was an Irish party I knew that I needed to find a way to get my favorite liquor, Bailey's Irish Cream, into the cupcakes.

When I coming up with the recipe, not only did I find a way to add Irish Cream to it, but I also decided to fill it was a wonderful surprise: Irish Cream Chocolate Ganache.

The cupcakes turned out absolutely decadent and rich. And they were a hit at the party...Enjoy!

Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

1 package devil’s food cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs; lightly beaten
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Instructions for cupcakes:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line (2) 12 cup muffin tins with paper liners.
3. In stand mixer, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, vanilla and water.
4. Evenly divide the batter amongst the prepared pans.
5. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
6. Cool cupcakes thoroughly on wire rack.

Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache:
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate - chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
2 teaspoons of Irish Cream

Instructions for Chocolate Ganache:
1. Heat the whipping cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate in a heat safe bowl.
2. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If this has not sufficiently melted the chocolate,  microwave for 20 seconds and stir until melted.)
3. Add the butter and Bailey's Irish Cream and stir until combined.

Filling the Cupcakes:
1. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped (the fridge will speed this along but you must stir it every 10 minutes)
2. Meanwhile, using an apple corer, cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes. You want to go most of the way down the cupcake but not cut through the bottom, about 2/3 of the way.
3. Put the ganache into a piping bag with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.

Ingredients for Frosting:
3 sticks unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 small pinch of salt
2 lbs powdered sugar
4 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream

Instructions for Frosting:
1. In large mixing bowl whip butter until light and fluffy (a few minutes should do the trick)
2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, mixing well between each addition.
3. Add in the salt, vanilla, and Irish Cream with mixer at low speed until these ingredients are incorporated.
4. Beat frosting at high speed until it is smooth and fluffy.

I frosted my cupcakes with a Wilton 1M Star tip and garnished it with green sanding sugar. Cupcakes will stay fresh for up to two days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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  1. WOW!!! These look simply amazing! I LOVE ganash:) Thank you so much for sharing these and for linking up to the handamde hog!!

    xoxo Hanna

  2. I love..cupcakes! =)
    Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous recipe!

  3. These look awesome, I seen your snicker cupcakes that were a feature at Handy Man, Crafty Woman I was also featured the same week for the bunnies I made. Love if you stop by my blog:)I am your newest follower:)

  4. I love a filled cupcake, especially when it's filled with chocolate.

    I'd love to have you stop by and share this recipe on Sweet Tooth Friday.

  5. Oh yummy!!...just when I need to lose some poundage!...;) I will have to try them first though.

  6. These are great cupcakes. I would like to invite you to bring a recipe and link up with my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  7. These look so amazing! I'm wishing I had some Bailey's sitting around in my house right about now ;)

  8. What a great recipe! Love the pudding in the mix!
    Thanks so much for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

  9. Just by the looks, they're yummy! Thanks for the detailed procedure, I hope to try your recipe soon.


  10. Oooh, these are just so tasty looking! I'm on a cupcake kick too, and this recipe came at just the right time because my mother in law just gave me a bottle of white chocolate irish cream for my birthday! Can't wait to try it out!

  11. Looks heavenly. I love ganache, but have never stuffed it in a cupcake.

    Erin @

  12. Say WHAT?!?!? I can't even look at the pictures without my mouth watering. :-) I would love it if you would share this at my Marvelous Mess party....each week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here is the link:

  13. Yum! I love cupcakes :)
    Stopping by from Made by You Mondays to say hi & to check out your delicious recipe!

  14. How yummy! Love that filling! Thanks for linking up with me. I'm featuring you again!


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