How about we start celebrating the Irish way… with a lot of alcohol!

Yeah, I see what that bad boy is missing.

Whoop! There it is!

These little babies were supposed to be cupcakes… they were also supposed to be made with a pure stout, but all we had was Black and Tan, so I went with it. If I am making a cupcake though, I want it piled high with icing, and I wasn’t sure Irish Cream icing on a Black and Tan cupcake wouldn’t be too much, so I decided to whip out my adorable mini cake pan. I hope you guys aren’t getting too used to it. I’ll make cupcakes soon, I promise…. After I make the 10 million other new treats I have recently discovered for you.


Β Black & Tan Cakes with Irish Cream Glaze

From Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes


  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teas + 1/8 teas baking soda**
  • 1 1/4 teas baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teas salt
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teas freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups unsulfured molasses
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbs packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbs + 1 teas finely grated orange zest
  • 1 1/4 cups Black & Tan beer, poured and settled
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup Irish Cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a cupcake tin with liners.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, or with a hand held mixer, mix the vegetable oil, molasses, sugar, eggs, yolk, zest and stout on medium-low until combined.Β  Reduce the speed to low and add in the flour mixture a little at a time until all incorporated.

Divide batter evenly among the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. *If using a mini cake pan, grease pan and divide batter evenly, filling each about 2/3 full, bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack 5 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.

Combine the confectioners’ sugar and Irish cream in a bowl and whisk to combine, start with less of the cream and add to your taste. Top cooled cupcakes.

** when it gets to things like 1/8 I just throw a dash of this or that and never measure. I’m sure someday that will kick my culinary butt, but in the meantime its not worth finding those teeny tiny measuring spoons.


These cakes are more for adults, and I’m not just talking for the obvious reasons. They aren’t overly sweet, like one would expect from a cake. So know going into these aren’t for people who aren’t open to new things. They had a mild sweetness, and were kind of a nice change from the things I’ve been baking around here lately.


  1. Holy frekkin moly! Those are just amazing little cakes…wow Kita! I soooo wish I hadn’t given up sweets for Lent so I could run home and try to make this! hehe

  2. I like desserts that comes with some alcohol inside, it gives that touch…and these cakes are something that I have to drink…sorry…to eat…

  3. Oh my gosh I love the shape of the pans you used too

  4. Magic word … alcohol! πŸ™‚ Dulls pain too, I believe.
    I love your cake pans … a rather unusual shape. I love it!
    10 million? Looking forward to them! Gorgeous pics as always.

  5. I love the way these guys look! How in the world did you get them to turn out like that? I have never tried Black and it a stout? I’m a big stout and porter fan, so I must try this beer! And the cupcake! Together!

  6. That is some very attractive styling skills! (Is that the right word?) I love how you style your photos, as you may have guessed by now. This set really has me interested and I don’t think it’s because you used alcohol. πŸ™‚ (Well, maybe a little!)

    This cake looks beautiful and sounds very tempting. You better believe I’m trying this.

  7. Mmm, those look fantastic πŸ™‚ Gotta love Irish cream! Your pan shape is so pretty.

  8. Apart from sounding really delicious, those cakes look adorable… love how they have the little ‘cup’ in the middle to hold the glaze… great post!

  9. What an adorable little treat. I don’t bake sweets but I want a mini cake pan.

  10. The irish cream glaze is so irresistible! I’d love this on anything I will bake…Yum!

  11. I must find a cute mini-cake pan like this–adorable! These look fantastic. Booze is always welcome in my cake.

  12. Hi Kita! I found you through That’s What We Said! I’m so happy I did. Your recipes sound awesome! I’m following on you on FB and totally making this cake soon. I can’t wait to see what you’re sharing next. πŸ™‚

  13. Christian says:

    If you’re celebrating Irishness you really, really shouldn’t have picked Black & Tan.
    Just another example of people ‘celebrating’ St Patrick’s day without having a clue about Irish history and culture. You don’t at least remember when Ben and Jerry’s had to pull their ‘Black and Tan’ flavour because it deeply offended Irish people? I’m sure they’re tasty and you didn’t mean to offend anyone but … do your research next time.

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