Happy St. Patricks Day! I hope you’re wearing green today, and if you’re not its not to late to join the Irish nation today, and whats more irish than Guinness and Baileys? Thats right, nothing. If you’re looking to get your drink on, in the form of delicious cupcakes then look no further! These little beauties are chocolate cupcakes with a baileys chocolate ganache filling and a baileys butter cream icing. I know. They sound amazing. Want to know a secret? They also taste amazing!
For the cupcakes I used this recipe Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake over at loveswah.com. I didn’t follow the icing recipe though because I don’t really like cream cheese. I know. A cardinal sin if i’ve ever heard one! Instead I followed my typical buttercream recipe (1/2 cup butter, slowly beat in 3-4 cups of icing sugar, 2 tbsp milk) and simply replaced the milk with Baileys. Note: This does not remove the alcohol from the Baileys, its such a small amount that it won’t get you feeling tipsy, but if you want an alcohol free dessert but with all the taste you would need to make a boiled frosting)
Now, I’m going to let you in on a big secret. I don’t always make cake from scratch. Because ain’t nobody got time for that. If you want to make a more ‘instant’ version of this cake, here is my tip. (But if anyone asks, they are made from scratch *wink*. I won’t tell if you won’t!)
Guinness and Baileys Cupcake Recipe (From a box!)
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 cup Guinness
1 package instant chocolate pudding
Mix ingredients together, add to a well greased cake pan or cupcake pan, and bake at 350 for 35-40 mins. Cake is done when toothpick is inserted in the centre and comes out clean.
For these cupcakes, I baked them and once they were cool I removed the centres and piped in some chocolate ganache (also spiked with Baileys!) The tutorial on how to make Ganache I covered here.
I finished the cupcakes off with sprinkles, because sprinkles are amazing. You’ll have to forgive my lack of pictures, these got eaten up before I could snap a few!
I hope you have an intoxicatingly good St. Patricks Day!