These Irish Cream Cupcakes are made with Kerrygold butter and Irish Cream, so creamy and smooth that you cant's stop while there is even one left.
As far as cooking goes, St. Patty's day may just be my favorite day of the year. I mean really. I get to play with beer and Irish Cream and whiskey! And where that may be normal for me, for the week of St. Patrick's Day on the blog, you can't judge me. It's an excuse for me to go to the liquor store and purchase fancy beers that I know nothing about, skip merrily down the aisles restocking the whiskey supply and make fun of the college kids that are laid out on the street by 9:30 in the morning!
It's all about pacing yourself people. And with these little cupcakes you can do just that. (You would need to eat all of them and quickly to even get a minor buzz and by then I may be worried about your blood sugar). At least you'll have something in your stomach to start the day. 😉
Irish Cream Cupcakes
These cupcakes were made with Kerrygold butter - something I am quickly falling in love with. It's so creamy and smooth. For those familiar with my frugal side, it should say a lot when I put Kerrygold butter on the table as the special butter for bread at dinner. Baking with something like this really makes for a creamier batter. And, it translates well to the finished product. Plus they sent me adorable little shamrocks, flags, and buttons to get my Irish on! How fun 😀
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For the cupcakes:
- ½ cup butter - softenend
- 4 egg whites - allow to sit for 30 minutes at room temp after seperating
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 3 tablespoon Irish Cream Liqueur
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 3 oz bittersweet chocolate - melted and cooled
For the Irish Cream Ganache:
- ½ cup whipping cream
- 6 oz bittersweet chocolate - chopped
- 1 tablespoon Irish Cream
For the Irish Cream Glaze:
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon Irish Cream
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
For the Cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter on high for 30 seconds.
- Reduce the speed to medium and add the sugar, Irish Cream and vanilla. Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add the egg whites one at a time (*ok, if you are anything like me, you already had separated all of you egg whites into one prep cup - I just carefully dropped a bit in for each 'egg') beating well after each addition.
- Scrape down the sides one more time.
- Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk to the batter in three additions on low speed. Mix until just combined.
- Scoop out half of the batter and set aside.
- Stir in the melted chocolate to the remaining batter in the bowl until combined.
- Using mad skills - or dueling pastry bags - fill each muffin tin ⅔ full with the batters - chocolate on one side, plain on the other. (Seriously, the need for perfection quickly goes out the window).
- Bake for 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.
- Cool in tins for 5 minutes before turning out to cool completely on wire racks.
Make the ganache:
- Heat the whipping cream to barely a simmer over medium-low heat.
- Remove from heat and add the chocolate. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add in the Irish Cream and gently stir until completely smooth. Let ganache rest for 15 minutes before using.
Make the glaze:
- For the glaze, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, Irish Cream, and vanilla until smooth.
- When cupcakes have cooled, spoon the ganache over the cupcakes.
- Add small dollops of the glaze and swirl with a toothpick. Let set.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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Anne @The Cooking Campaign says
I've never had Kerrygold butter before, I'll have to check it out. Also, these look so amazing.
Belinda @zomppa says
Nice! I gotta say, Kerrygold is my favorite!! These are so festive!
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
I've never used Kerrygold butter. I didn't realize there was any difference. I will have to hunt some down. As for teh cupcakes, I've always seen Irish cream in frosting but never before in the cupcakes. Yumm.
These look awesome!!!
Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
These are so adorable!!! Love that swirled ganache! 🙂
My husband would love these! Maybe if I'm feeling particularly nice, I'll whip him up a batch this weekend 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
Loving the swirls!
Vicki @ WITK says
I like this holiday because of all the green, I can do without the whiskey! 🙂 Irish cream cupcakes are okay by me though, they sound like the perfect treat.
I love your swirled frosting! It really makes this St. Patrick's Day cupcake stand out in the crowd. It would be fun to use this ganache and glaze swirl in all kinds of color combinations. Thanks!
Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says
When Irish Car Bomb Guinness Everything is Everywhere (my own blog included!) it's refreshing to see something different and delicious! Great ode to Irish 🙂
These sound delicious. Love the "mad skills" line!!
These look fab! I know I'm a little late for St. Patricks Day but might just have to make some anyway 🙂
I'm looking forward to incorporating this ganache and glaze into a thumbprint cookie. It looks so pretty and festive on the cupcakes!