COUNTDOWN - 5 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - IRISH CUPCAKES

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Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

5 DAYS TO GET YOUR IRISH ON . . .

 

I've made these for the past 5 years now so I thought they were appropriate for our 5 day countdown to St Paddy's Day! (I make a Tirimasu version too which is pretty darn tasty but these little gems win the day on the 17th - YUM!)

Cupcakes:

1 cup Guinness
1/3 cup butter
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1½ tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

Baileys ganache filling:

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
2 tsp. Baileys Irish cream

Baileys butter cream frosting:

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
3 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
4-8 tbsp. Bailey's Irish cream

Directions:

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line your cupcake pans with 24 paper liners. Combine the Guinness and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and sour cream to blend. Add the Guinness-butter mixture and beat just to combine. Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed just until incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 to ¾ full.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the ganache filling

Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until simmering, then pour it over the chocolate. Let sit for one minute and then whisk until smooth. If the chocolate is not completely melted, place the bowl over a double boiler or give it a very short burst in the microwave (15-20 seconds). Add the butter and Baileys and stir until combined.

Set aside to let the ganache cool until it is thick enough to be piped.

Meanwhile, cut out a portion from the center of the cupcake using the cone method (a small paring knife works best for this). Once the ganache has reached the correct consistency, transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a wide tip and pipe it into the cupcakes

To make the frosting
place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated. Mix in the Baileys until smooth.

Add more if necessary until the frosting has reached a good consistency for piping or spreading. Frost the cupcakes as desired. Now, you can get your Irish on! 

Previous in the Series:

14 Days to St Paddy's - The Shamrock Shake  

13 Days to St Paddy's - Irish Wheaten Bread 

12 Days to St Paddy's - Potato and Cabbage Soup  

11 Days to St Paddy's - Pot Roast with Guinness Gravy 

10 Days to St Paddy's - 10 Facts about Guinness

9 Days to St Paddy's - 9 Irish Toasts

8 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - TOP 8 IRISH NAMES

7 DAYS TO ST PADDY'S DAY - THE CLADDAGH RING

6 Days to St Paddy's Day - LEPRECHAUN PROTECTION 

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Arleen Montford
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Susan, That does not only sound good. But it is real pretty. Thanks for sharing another recipe.

Mar 12, 2011 10:17 AM #23
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Susan withy all of these great looking food items you are misdirecting your readership.  The Irish are not known for their culinary ability, that's why they drink, to kill the taste.

Mar 12, 2011 10:33 AM #24
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Hi Arleen and/or Tracey -  pretty good tasting too

Mar 12, 2011 10:48 AM #25
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Joe - but how the times are changing.  I believe Ireland just won some culinary award in Europe - I swear!!!  

Mar 12, 2011 10:49 AM #26
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These sound sooo good! When I get some down time I am going to try them out...and I am sure hubby will love them! Love getting my Irish on with your tips, lol!

Mar 12, 2011 11:37 AM #27
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Hi Shannon -  I really look forward to hearing how they all turn out for you! 

Mar 12, 2011 11:41 AM #28
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Susan, I do love that Bailey's Iris Cream! Lets see what else I can make, and will the family and chickens love it as much as your bread?

Mar 12, 2011 12:41 PM #29
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Ellen -  I don't know much about chickens but can they have Baileys and Guinness?

Mar 12, 2011 12:54 PM #30
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Ellen Caruso
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Susan, you should see what we give them! They are spoiled and don't want chicken food anymore, and my eggs are still GOOD!

Mar 12, 2011 01:28 PM #31
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Well I'm glad they liked the Wheaten Bread!   They probably clucked with an Irish Brogue  :0)

Mar 12, 2011 01:34 PM #32
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Susan - I am all OVER this recipe! My hubby enjoys Guiness and this might just make a great little surprise for him on Thursday ;)

Mar 12, 2011 01:44 PM #33
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Kim -  I'm glad you made it here today.  My husband goes crazy over these and I hope yours will too!

Mar 12, 2011 01:51 PM #34
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Michael J. Perry
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These sound really good ! My stepmother used to put sauerkraut in her chocolate cake mix !

Mar 13, 2011 05:56 AM #35
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Michael -  what an interesting combo . . .  sort of like a sweet and sour?   I have put beets in my chocolate cake but now you've got me thinking about your stepmother's idea.  Thanks!

Mar 13, 2011 06:00 AM #36
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Maggie McFarland
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Yum Susan! Three of my favorites, Baileys, cupcakes and chocolate all mixed in one! The ganache filling sounds awesome. Thank you for sharing your St Patrick's day countdown ideas!

Mar 13, 2011 10:49 AM #37
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Maggie -  I just love 'filled' cupcakes and these ones are sooooo tasty.  I find most people just love Baileys. (I guess that is why it is the worlds most favourite liquour!)   I do make a really great Tiramisu cupcake as well as a Black Forest cupcake.  Stay tuned!

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Wow-that Bailey's frosting sounds sooooo yummy!  We are planning a couples baby shower for my sister and I think I just might use this...!

Mar 14, 2011 07:26 AM #39
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Tammy -  great idea!  I haven't yet met the soul who didn't love these :0)

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Dang, how did I miss this?  I don't think I'm going to wait until next St Patty's day to try this, that's for sure!!!!

Apr 10, 2011 12:51 PM #41
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Juli -  you're funny!  How did you finally find it?

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