I wanted to make some St. Patty’s Day cupcakes for my family to celebrate the upcoming holiday. As I have four children, an 18-year-old daughter, a 16-year-old son, and 20-month-old twin girls, I don’t have much time. I’m not usually opposed to using a boxed cake mix but I did, however, want to try something a little fancier in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. I found a recipe for cupcakes themed after a famous Irish cocktail at Brown Eyed Baker that I simply HAD to try.
These cupcakes have their fair share of alcohol, but they are WONDERFUL! I must say, they seem to have a more sophisticated taste to them than the average cupcake. I didn't give them to the twins, and my teenagers said that they were a little strong, but I thoroughly enjoyed them.
Since the recipe called for 1 cup of Guinness stout, 2 teaspoons of Irish whiskey, and 6 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream, I chose to go to Bevmo and get the small, individual-sized bottles.
Once the cupcakes were made and cooled, I hallowed out the center with a cupcake corer that I purchased for $3.99 on eBay. You can also use the bottom end of a large piping tip.
Using a piping bag filled with the ganache filling from the cupcake recipe and a Wilton tip #12, I filled the center of the cupcakes.
I took the buttercream frosting that I made from the cupcake recipe and colored half of it green. I placed the green frosting in one piping bag with the tip cut off and the uncolored remainder of the frosting in another piping bag with the tip cut off. I then placed both bags into one larger piping bag with the piping tip of my choice (in this case a Wilton 2D tip), and as I squeezed the large bag (making sure to hold tight the top of all three bags), both colors came out together to create a very pleasing white and green frosting for the top of the cupcakes.
I covered the cupcakes with green sprinkles, and on the very top, I placed a green chocolate shamrock that I made with green candy melts and a St. Patrick’s Day candy mold. I sprinkled the shamrock with an edible glitter called "disco dust".
These are awesome--thanks for sharing Erin!! I'm definitely going to be making these this weekend to go with my corned beef!! And check out some of Erin's other fabulous creations!!! She should open up a bakery, don't you think?