Ok, so yesterday was St Patrick’s Day. Queue the obvious cupcake recipe: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes.
My husband has been
begging nagging me to make him these since A) He’s proud of his Irish heritage B) He’s a Guinness addict and C) He loves whiskey
Ok, just a disclaimer, he’s not an alcoholic. ha. He’s smart enough to enjoy his booze in moderation.
Anyway, I decided that this year, I would actually remember to make these for him. After all, I do make cupcakes for everyone else, why not for him?
To make these festive, I made four leaf clovers out of melting chocolates. What good is a cupcake topper if you can’t eat it, right? Too bad I didn’t think to put booze in those too…..maybe next time
The cupcake recipe is actually pretty easy, despite the number of components. And the best part of these cupcakes, according to my husband? Leftover Guinness and Whiskey 😉
Happy St. Patty’s Day!!
Like some of my other recipes, it helps to make the ganache filling first since it needs to cool and thicken up
Dark Chocolate Bushmills Irish Whiskey Ganache
8 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate, broken into small pieces
2/3 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
1 T. Unsalted Butter, softened
4 tsp. Bushmills Irish Whiskey (you could also use Jameson’s)
1) In a medium, heat-safe bowl, break up chocolate into small pieces and set aside
2) In a small saucepan, heat the cream, over medium heat, until simmering. Pour over the chocolate. Let it sit for five minutes. Leave it alone!
3) Stir cream and chocolate together until smooth
4) Add the butter and whiskey and stir until smooth
5) Now, let that stuff cool (I wouldn’t recommend refrigerating the stuff. Let it cool at room temp)
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
1 c. Guinness Stout (accept no substitutes!)
1 c. Unsalted Butter
3/4 c. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 c. AP Flour
2 c. Baker’s Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
2 Large Eggs
2/3 c. Sour Cream
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners
2) In a small saucepan, bring the Guinness and butter to a slight simmer over medium heat.
3) Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder until smooth (hint, it helps to sift it gradually so you don’t get lumps). Let cool slightly.
4) In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
5) In the bowl of your standup mixer, with paddle attachment affixed, beat together the eggs and sour cream until smooth
6) Slowly add the Guinness/butter/cocoa mix, one ladle at a time, mixing well after each addition. Continue until throughly combined
7) Now, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth (starting at low speed and working your way up to medium high)
8) Divid the batter amongst the 24 liners (about 2/3 full) and bake for 17 minutes. Your cupcake tester should come out clean
9) Remove from muffin tins and cool COMPLETELY on wire racks
10) Time for the filling! Cut out a decent sized cone shape out of the middle of each cupcake
11) Fill a piping bag, with a large round tip, with the ganache and fill each cupcake with the chocolately, whiskey goodness.
Baileys Irish Cream Buttercream
Ok, I like a LOT of frosting, so this recipe will allow you to have a big ‘ol pretty swirl on all 24 cupcakes
1 c. Unsalted Butter, softened
6-8 c. Powdered Sugar
12-16 T. Baileys Irish Cream
1) In the bowl of your standup mixer, with paddle attachment affixed, cream the butter for 2 minutes. It should look pale and fluffy
2) Slowly start adding the powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition.
3) Once all of the powdered sugar is added, mix for another minute
4) Booze it up now! Add the Baileys a lil at a time until you get the consistency and flavor you’re looking for. The beauty of boozy frostings is that they’re easily tailored to your personal taste
5) Fill a piping bag with whatever tip you’d like and put a nice swirl on each cupcake.
My husband said that these were by far his favorite cupcake I’ve made to date; definitely worth the wait 🙂 I hope you guys enjoy these as much as he did. And, I do have to say, the chocolate cupcake may just become my new go-to chocolate cupcake recipe even if it’s not St. Patty’s day. It was THAT good.