Monday, March 18, 2013

Drunken Irish Man Cupcakes

Another St. patrick's Day has come and gone. Just like in previous years, there were plenty of Irish themed desserts to indulge in during the typical Irish drinking festivities. This year, I couldn't decide which alcoholic beverage to lace my baked goods with, so in true Irish fashion, I chose to incorporate ALL of them! Guinness, Bailey's, Jameson and a little creme de menthe for a touch of green...these Drunken Irish Man cupcakes are a lucky score for every sweet tooth.

For the Guinness & Bailey's chocolate cupcakes:
1/2 cup stout (Guinness)
1/2 cup Bailey's Irish Creme
1 shot Jameson Irish Whiskey
2 sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1½ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

For the creme de menthe buttercream frosting:
1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
6-8 tbsp. Creme de Menthe

-Preheat oven to 350*
-In a large saucepan on medium heat, combine butter, stout and Bailey's. Cook until slightly bubbling. 
-Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. remove from heat and allow to cool slightly
-In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt
-In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream
-Add the stout/butter mixture and beat just to combine
-Add in a shot of Irish whiskey
-Add in the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until combined
-Divide batter among cupcake liners
-Bake for 13-15 minutes 
-Remove from oven and allow to cool about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

To make the frosting:
-Beat butter on low speed until smooth
-Add in the confectioner's sugar slowly
-Add creme de menthe and beat until combined

-Place frosting in a piping bag and pipe on to cooled cupcakes
-Adorn with sprinkles

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