Monday, March 5, 2012

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Is anybody else getting into the St. Patty's Day mood? I have just been seeing so much green lately...could be that all the snow is finally melting and the grass is starting to show that has me in the green mood too...hmm...well anywho, I had some extra whiskey laying around and I figured it was finally time to make these Irish Car Bomb cupcakes that I have had the recipe laying around now for along time now. These would make great St. Patty's Day treats! I got this recipe over at Smitten Kitchen, which I am going to go back and visit for more great recipes!

There are 3 different parts to this cupcake...and they all include alcohol, awesome!
First, there is the chocolate cupcake which has Guinness in it...then there is the ganache filling which includes whiskey...and finally the frosting which has Bailey's mixed one of these and you will have a buzz goin on!

Here is what you will need:
For the cupcakes:
1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

For the ganache filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons Irish Whiskey (I used Jameson)

For the frosting:
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
4-6 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream (I used Rum Chata)
pinch of salt

Now here is what you do:
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners.
2. Bring Stout and butter to simmer in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl to blend.
4. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend.
5. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed.
6. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined.
7. Divide batter among cupcake liners filling them 2/3 to 3/4 the way full. Bake 17 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
They turned out beautiful, and the chocolate-stout really smelled very good, something that I have never experienced before!

Directions for the ganache:
1. Chop the chocolate and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate.
2. Let sit for 1 minute and then stir until smooth.
3. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Cool until thickened, but soft enough to pipe.
4. Cut a hole in center of cupcakes and pour ganache inside or pipe using bag.
I piped!

Directions for frosting:
1. Whip the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add salt.
2. Slowly add the powdered sugar beating until combined.
3. Slowly add the Bailey's (or whatever you use) until you reach your desired consistency.

Frost cupcakes before you eat all the frosting itself! Yikes!! :)

Check out that inside!
Chocolate whiskey...heaven!
The 4 amigos? Possibly the next big thing!

Oh, and I didn't tint the frosting green...a little too early to make those St. Pats cakes, and I just wanted a pretty white. Job well done I do believe!

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  1. This is one of my favorite recipes too! They look great :)

  2. Looks so good! Thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

  3. Looks AWESOME! I think my hubby would LOVE these!! Found you over at NY Melrose Family...we are now your newest followers as I have a cupcake obsession:)

  4. You have got to be kidding?! These are going to be a new part of my St. Patty's Day tradition. Thank you so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesday over at The NY Melrose Family.

  5. Booze and dessert... Could there be a better combo? Heh! These are definitely getting me in the St. Patrick's Day spirit. Recipe saved! Thank you for sharing it =)

    1. Booze & dessert are like the 2 best things right!?

  6. I might have to make these for next week (which also happens to be my friends bday) - and it gives me an excuse to buy some booze for that evening too!

  7. Hi there!
    I'd love it if you'd stop by and link this up at Themed Baker's Sunday. The theme this week is St. Patty's Day treats!
    Hope to see you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary