Irish Cream Cupcakes

Perfect for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, these Irish Cream cupcakes are the next best thing to green beer or a Pot of Gold.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups pastry flour aka: cake flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coffee slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur I used Baileys

For the frosting:

  • 3/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Irish cream liqueur

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with baking cups

  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, add the butter and sugar and mix on medium speed until it is creamed together. Add in the eggs and vanilla and whip until just combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture, and mix until just incorporated. 

  4. In a measuring cup, add the coffee and liqueur together. Slowly add it to the batter, mixing on low so it doesn't splash. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed.

  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling about 2/3 of the way. Bake for 18-20 minutes, and test with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, they are done. 

  6. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then finish cooling on a baking rack.

For the icing:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the butter and use an electric mixer to beat until creamy. With the mixer on slow, gradually add the icing sugar. Once it's all mixed in, add the vanilla extract and liqueur and whip on medium speed until nice and creamy.

  2. Transfer the icing to a pastry bag that has a decortive tip. Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes. Garnish with whatever you'd like! I used green sprinkles, but you could use chocolate gold coins, chocolate sprinkles.

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