Top of the mornin' to ya, lads and lassies! St. Patrick's Day is one of my FAVOURITE days of the year! Due to there being Irish lineage on both my Mother and Father's sides of the family; it has always been a celebrated occasion. As a child my Mom would go all out... Making us potato pancakes, Irish stew, green pancakes and green juice, as well as making us wear green to school! It was always fun! And after I became legal drinking age (and embraced my Irish liver - taking great pride in it actually, especially during my college days LOL), I also discovered my immense fondness of Baileys Irish Cream in my coffees. Yum! So this cupcake recipe is particularly special to me and I've been making these booze-infused cupcakes for a few years now. Trust me, they are delicious! This is my spin on the recipe by Brown Eyed Baker found here. See below for my recipe!

 

Ingredients… You’ll need:

Cupcake batter (makes two dozen)

- 1 box of Betty Crocker SuperMoist French Vanilla cake mix

- 1 cup of Guinness stout

- 3 organic eggs

- 1/2 cup of organic extra virgin olive oil

*You’ll also need a mixing bowl, whisk, two cupcake/muffin pans, 24 cupcake liners and liquid measuring cup

Buttercream Icing

- 5 cups of Wholesome Sweeteners organic icing sugar

- 1 shot glass of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur

- 1 cup of Organic Meadow organic salted butterroom temperature (I suggest cutting it into eighths)

- several drops of green food colouring (until you reach your desired colour)

*You’ll also need an electric beater or KitchenAid stand mixer with whisk attachment head, spatula, dry ingredient measuring cups, shot glass and Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus

Baileys Caramel Drizzle

- 1 shot glass of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur

- 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch

*You’ll also need a small sauce pan/pot and whisk

~ The Cupcakes ~

 

Click the image above of the measuring cup to shop it from Hudson’s Bay!

Baking Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees (Fahrenheit). Spray muffin tray with PAM baking spray (optional) and line cupcake pan with cupcake liners then set aside for later.

2. Mix together the boxed cake mix, Guinness stout, eggs and olive oil in a mixing bowl until smooth.

3. Grabbing the cupcake pan, scoop the batter into the liners in the pan.

4. Ensure that your oven has preheated then bake for 15-20mins depending on your oven. Allow cupcakes to completely cool before frosting them.

~ Buttercream Icing ~

Solid Maple Kitchen Conversion Cutting Board from Masterpiece Gallery by PaulSzewc on Etsy

Directions:

1. While the cupcakes are cooling make the buttercream icing, by whipping the room temperature butter starting on low speed and increasing to high until the butter is light and fluffy.

2. Turn the mixer speed to low and gradually add the icing sugar in one cup at a time until fully mixed in (this is where I like to use my pouring shield, so not to end up wearing the icing sugar). Then scrape the side and bottom of the bowl, and fold the icing into itself.

Click the above image of the KitchenAid stand mixer to shop it from Hudson’s Bay!

M-Cups (Matryoshka measuring cups) from Fred & Friends (pictured above)

3. Add the shot of Baileys and a few drops of the green food colouring then slowly increase speed from low to medium until the icing is light but begins to hold its shape. Add more food colouring as needed to achieve desired colour.

4. Add icing to Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus and ice cupcakes (as long as they’ve been left to cool for at least 25-30mins).

~ Bailey’s Caramel Drizzle ~

Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan/pot, add one shot of Baileys and bring to a simmer on medium.

2. Remove from heat and add one to two teaspoons of cornstarch, whisking it into the Baileys until thickened. If you have made it too thick add a little bit more Baileys until you get the desired consistency.

3. Allow it to cool for approximately 5-10mins, and then using the whisk, lightly drizzle some of the Baileysmixture overtop of each iced cupcake.

4. Finally… Garnish with some festive paper confetti or edible decorations. Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day Confetti from CoolCraftsAndMore on Etsy

"May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you." - Irish Blessing

Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day!

Until next time… Enjoy!

Sincerely,

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