irish car bomb cupcakes

March 13, 2011

A sweet treat pairs nicely with a mixed drink, which is why I enjoy baking with alcohol (there’s also a “one for the recipe and one for me” drinking/cooking game which is quite fun to play).  The amount of alcohol used is negligible and most of it gets baked out, but it lends itself for this perfect seasonal after hours delight.

This week is St. Patrick’s Day.  As my days of drinking an entire bottle of Bailey’s for the holiday are long gone and my desire to Crock-Pot a batch of corned beef and cabbage is nill, I’ve landed upon this fantastic cupcake recipe from Smitten Kitchen.  Wonderfully, now you can align the flavors of an Irish Car Bomb with a delicate chocolate cupcake – minus the chugging, and subsequent bodily rejection of a pint of stout with dropshots of whiskey and Irish Cream.

Let’s get started!

This recipe yields 18-24 cupcakes (depending on how you fill the cups).  Preheat the oven to 350.  Line your muffin tin.  Gather your soldiers.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.

Add Guinness and bring to a simmer.

Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth.  Lower heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.  Whisk until they’re all good friends.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs and sour cream.

With an electric mixer, beat together until smooth.

Add the Guinness mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine.

Add flour mixture and beat briefly until just combined.  Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined.

Divide the batter into cups, about 2/3 to 3/4 full.  Bake for about 17 minutes in a 35o degree oven, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, rotating once front to back if your oven cooks unevenly.

Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.  (Which is a great time to get started on the next step!)

Whiskey Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons whiskey (optional)

Break up the chocolate into a heatproof bowl.

Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate.

Let it sit for a minute so it can steam up your lens.

Stir until smooth.  Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined smoothly.

Using an apple corer, remove the centers of the cooled cupcakes.  You don’t want to pop through the bottom, so aim for coring about 2/3 of the way.

Fill the cupcakes.  You could get this goop all up in a piping bag and be fancy about it, but I find two teaspoons are much easier to work with.  (Plus you don’t have that awkward licking-out-the-bag to deal with when you’re cleaning up.)

Look at you, cupcake!

Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3-4 tablespoons Bailey’s (or milk or heavy cream, if opting for a non-alcoholic version)

Place butter in a medium bowl.

With an electric mixer, whip the butter for several minutes until it is very light and fluffy.

Add the powdered sugar in very small amounts.  (I like to shake it into the bowl in tablespoon amounts.)  The longer you draw out the sugar/mixer process, the lighter and fluffier your frosting will be.  When the frosting looks thick enough to spread, add the Bailey’s (or milk) and whip it in until combined.  If the frosting looks too thin, just add powdered sugar.

Frost the cupcakes to your liking and enjoy until the last bite!

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3 Responses to “irish car bomb cupcakes”

  1. Steph Law Says:

    LOVE IT.

    The concept, the step-by-step photo instructions, the photo descriptions.

    Keep up the delicious work!!


  2. […] I opted to use brown sugar and whipping cream (left over from the chocolate ganache portion of the Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes) with delightful results. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); […]


  3. […] a request came for something “Guinness delicious”, how could I not oblige with the epic car bomb cupcake?  Even in the realization that the muffin tin was lost in the move (the horror!), drunken cupcakes […]

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