St. Patrick’s Day falls on the same day as my Liquid Friday blog this year, so there will be enough green beer and silly cocktails to keep you busy. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re going to make a batch of cupcakes. Since it falls on a weekday and I’m up to my eyeballs multi-tasking, we’ll use a boxed mix and keep it simple and flavorful. I’m tossing my corned beef in the crock pot with potatoes, carrots, cabbage wedges, and some peppercorns, so I can keep my oven free for baking.
Let’s get started.
Grab you favorite green cupcake liners and heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, we’re baking.
- 1 Box chocolate cake mix (I use Duncan Hines but really any brand will do)
- 1 1/4 cup Guinness to replace the water portion on the box
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup canola oil (yes, you can still substitute 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup applesauce for oil for lower fat cupcakes)
Before you put liners in your favorite cupcake tin, sprinkle some rice in between. This gives you a little air cushion so you have the perfect bottoms on your cupcakes. If you decide to skip the liners, grab two 9″ cake pans and fill equally for a chocolate cake that will make you lick your lips. Once your done baking, save the rice to reuse next time.
Mix wet ingredients and slowly whisk in the box mix until smooth. Pour 1/2 to 2/3 full into cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 23 minutes (they’ll spring back when you touch them or a toothpick will come out clean).
While your cupcakes are baking its time to make the frosting. If you used a red velvet chocolate cake mix use the doctored cream cheese icing mix at the bottom of the page, otherwise mix up a batch of Bailey’s Flavored Buttercream(recipes below).
NOTE: If you’re serving children omit alcohol from icing-most alcohol will cook out in the oven for the cupcakes, but we don’t bake the icing, so just omit the alcohol.
Bailey’s Flavored Buttercream icing
2 sticks butter (8oz total) softened
1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 teaspoon(s) vanilla sugar (blended sugar and vanilla bean)
3 Tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquor
Hand or machine blend until smooth and fluffy. Put in a pastry bag and decorate cooled cupcakes. Top with sprinkles, party picks, or shaved chocolate.
Jameson Black Barrel Cream Cheese Icing
1 stick butter softened
1 package (8oz.) Phili Cream Cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey
Since you have some liquid in this recipe, you won’t need any milk. If, however you omit the alcohol, add 1-2 Tablespoon milk.
Blend until incorporated and then whip for added volume. Spoon frost or use a pastry bag with this icing and top with some sugar crystals or a light dusting of brown sugar for extra flavor.
Whichever version you went with, I hope your cupcakes come out great and you have a safe and happy holiday.
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