Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
There's something about boozy desserts. I gotta admit, I have a blast baking with booze.....so in some ways this is the most wonderful time of the year! What a better excuse to do some boozy baking than St. Paddy's Day! Luckily I've got quite a few friends who share in my love of boozy desserts, so these were pretty darn easy to pass around.
This year I've got a couple of new St. Paddy's Day recipes that I want to try, so first up.....Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes from Bakers Royale. These bad boys are a chocolate cupcake with Guinness and coffee in it.....it makes for an incredibly chocolate-y cupcake. Fill those bad boys with some Bailey's buttercream frosting, and top off all of that with a whiskey buttercream. And not just any buttercream, but a Swiss meringue buttercream. If you have not tried making Swiss meringue buttercream, you don't know what you're missing! It makes for an amazingly smooth and light frosting. I prefer this to pretty much every other kind of frosting. It takes a little bit more work, cooking egg whites and sugar in a double boiler till you hit 150 degrees.....then whipping up in a stand mixer until cooled off and forming stiff peaks (basically marshmallow fluff), then you add all your butter and flavorings. But seriously.....so.....worth......it.
There's quite of bit of booze in these cupcakes (unless you ask the hubby, who says there's still not enough). I've always been a fan of Bailey's in frosting.....but the whiskey buttercream was surprisingly delicious! And powerful enough to make you happy :)
The only note I'll make to this recipe is to watch the bake time of your cupcakes. The recipe states 35-40 minutes, but in my oven it was closer to 30.
So check out Bakers Royale for the recipe....and Enjoy!