I would not be honest if I didn’t tell you I was in quite a rush when I made these cupcakes! They were a last minute decision and I made them using ingredients already in my cupboards. Nonetheless, I think they came out pretty well. The Irish Cream flavor was strong but not overbearing. Next time I think I will try frosting with a vanilla buttercream instead of the chocolate glaze, but time was not on my side (that seems to be a theme on this blog!) and I went with a simple chocolate glaze.
I think these would be great for St. Patty’s day, especially with some shamrock embelishments.
Irish Cream Cupcakes:
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (I used salted)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 1/3 cups Irish Cream Liquor (I used Bailey’s)
- 4 cups of flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Insert liners into cupcake pan. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter. Add the vanilla and eggs. Beat well. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. In a third bowl mix Irish Cream with milk. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternating with the liquid mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Beat on medium speed for two minutes. Fill the cupcake papers 3/4 full. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan. Makes 24 cupcakes.
Milk Chocolate Glaze:
- whipping cream
- coarsely chopped milk chocolate*
Heat the whipping cream until it is bubbling but not boiling. Remove it from the stove and add the chopped up chocolate. Whisk cream and chocolate together. Add more cream or chocolate to reach desired consistency. After the cupcakes cooled I drizzled the glaze over each.
*I was low on milk chocolate chips so I used a solid Godiva chocolate bunny that I have been holding on to! Talk about improvising–haha! I did feel bad watching his paws melt, but there was no time to run to the store!
Irish Cream Cupcakes adapted from Crazy about Cupcakes by Krystina Castella
Milk Chocolate Glaze adapted from Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans