Over the weekend, Jay and I were chatting away about this and that, and I wound up finding out a little tidbit of information.
Apparently, the guys at work have been talking. And apparently, I’ve been slacking. They’ve been wondering when they’re going to get their next batch of cupcakes.
I got to thinking about it and I realized that it’s actually been quite a while since I last sent in some frosted goodies. Of course, I couldn’t have them disappointed, and as it turns out, I’d actually been itching to make a very special batch of them.
And yes, they include booze.
I’m sure you guys are already aware of what special holiday is coming up this weekend. Jay and I are huge fans of St. Patrick’s Day and have actually spent the last four years partying it up with friends, kegs & eggs style.
This year, we’ve got plans to get together again, and I’ve been trying to think of something festive and sweet (since that’s what I’m typically known for) to bring to the party.
So since I had a little extra time on my hands this Sunday, along with an office full of men waiting for some treats, I decided to give these babies a go.
You know, as much as I love the convenience of a boxed cake mix, there really is no substitute for the homemade version. These cupcakes are not only full of that decadent, Irish cream flavor, but they’re incredibly light and fluffy.
Combine that with the frosting, which really could not get much easier to make, and you’ve got yourself one heck of an Irish treat.
Marbled Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting
(lightly adapted from BHG)
- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 4 egg whites, at room temperature 30 minutes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-2/3 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk**
- 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
Irish Cream Frosting Ingredients:
- 1-1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, softened
- 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 5-8 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur*
*Some people may found this amount to be a little strong. If you really want to taste the Irish cream liqueur, stick with these amounts. If you want just a subtle flavor, decrease the amount used by 1-2 tablespoons.
**To make 1-1/4 cups sour milk, place 4 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1-1/4 cups total liquid; stir. Let stand for 5 minutes before using.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 24 muffin cups with paper baking cups. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, liqueur, and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
- Transfer 2-1/2 cups batter (about half) to a medium bowl; stir in melted chocolate. Fill each prepared muffin cup about two-thirds full, spooning chocolate batter into one side of cup and white batter into other side of cup.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes, then remove and allow to cool completely on racks.
- Once cupcakes are completely cool, combine all ingredients for Irish Cream Frosting in electric mixer and mix until smooth. Frost tops of cupcakes. ENJOY!
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that these cupcakes would be the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming holiday. If you’re worried about getting drunk off of them, well, have no fear. There’s definitely not enough in there to make you loopy.
…but I can’t promise that the bottle of Irish cream isn’t going to get some extra attention while it’s out.
Questions for the Afternoon:
Do you celebrate St. Patty’s Day? What are some of your favorite Irish treats?