Monday, March 14, 2011

Irish Cream Cupcakes--Two Ways

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Oh yes!  Yes, yes, yes!  St. Patrick's Day is the best reason to break out the Bailey's Irish Cream.  Love that stuff!  A little nip in my morning coffee, a little splash on my midnight ice cream--yummy!  

I have two cupcake options for you here.  They are both composed of the same quick and easy chocolate cupcake batter and topped with a dreamy Bailey's buttercream.  
The first is baked in standard cupcake pans.  Cute, no?

The second is a bit naughtier.  Naughty is a good way.  :)  It's baked in teeny 4 oz. canning jars, then layered with a bittersweet chocolate ganache spiked with Bailey's, and topped with the same buttercream.  I've been seeing all sorts of yummy things baked in jars, and I thought this would be the perfect time to try out my own version.
 

I thought they turned out mighty cute.  And the ganache...with bittersweet chocolate...and Bailey's...HELP ME!  So good, so, so good.  I may or may not have made a second batch to keep in the refrigerator to eat at my leisure.  Probably I did not, that doesn't sound like something I would do.  :)

A handy and super neat thing about treats baked in jars is that you can put the lid on and pop them in the freezer.  I saved a couple of these and they are sitting in my freezer waiting for me to defrost and devour them. 

This one didn't make it to the freezer.
 

These did though.  :)

Make some!
It's Spring Break for us, so I'm going to take a small blogging break to enjoy some time with my kiddos.  I'll be back in a week though--with more sweets. 

Here's what you'll need to make these treats-both ways.  :)

Yield:  12 standard cupcakes or 16-18 cupcakes baked in 4 oz. jars


For the cupcakes:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp instant espresso powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk

For the ganache:
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream
1/8 tsp instant espresso powder
1/2 cup heavy cream

For the buttercream frosting:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream
3-4 cups powdered sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line a cupcake/muffin pan with paper liners (12).  In a small bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt.  Stir with a whisk or fork to combine.  (This takes the place of sifting in my kitchen.  Judge me not!)

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg and vanilla until smooth.  Alternately whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture; whisk until smooth. 

3.  Scoop batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 20-23 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.  Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.

4.  For the ganache:  Place chocolate chips, Bailey's and espresso powder in a small, heat proof bowl.  Microwave or heat heavy cream in a small sauce pan until it is almost boiling--you just want small bubbles popping up on the edge of the pan.  (In plainer terms--don't boil the cream, just get it really hot!)  Pour the cream over the chocolate chip mixture; let it sit for a minute and then whisk until smooth.

5.  For the buttercream:   With a mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese until well blended.  Add in the Bailey's and blend.  Add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency. 

So...you already know how to put together the standard cupcakes.  :)
For the jars, just fill them only about 1/4 to 1/3 full before baking.  I lined up my jars on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.  Let them cool.  Then top them with the ganache and buttercream.  Viola! 

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5 comments:

Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It said...

Super Cute! I've been wanting to try the pie in a jar! Enjoy your week!

Brandy K said...

Thank you!

Kristy said...

Great photos!! The jar idea is fabulous

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

There is ONE DAY left to link up GREEN recipes……

http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/03/this-weeks-cravings-linky-party-20-go.html

And starting today on THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS Linky Party we are featuring CHOCOLATE… CHOCOLATE… and MORE CHOCOLATE. We would love to have you link up any great chocolate recipe!

http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/03/this-weeks-cravings-21-chocolate-and.html

Complete kitchen said...

I made DOUBLE CHOCOLATE STOUT CUPCAKES w IRISH CREAM BUTTERCREAM FROSTING last night using Young's Double Chocolate Stout. The best cupcakes ever such rich and unbelievable flavor.

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