Alternate title: “This is how much I love my husband.”
Alternate title: “I’ll take any excuse to challenge my baking skills – especially when beer, whiskey and Bailey’s in involved.”
Alternate title: “It’s all Brie’s fault.”
Whichever excuse I want to use (and apparently, there are many), I made these cupcakes. And it really was fun! And a test of my baking skillz which generally suck.
I made the cupcake batter.
It’s hard to go wrong with that much beer and butter, really.
I baked them.
And I let them cool all day (Sunday).
(Did I mention I made a double batch?)
I made ganache for the first time ever.
It’s hard to go wrong with that much cream and chocolate, really.
Then I let it cool all afternoon until it got deliciously thick.
I cored all the cupcakes with this fancy dancy cupcake corer we bought at Target for $6.99. Worth. It.
And since I’m not a baker and don’t own frosting bags or tips, I just shoved all the ganache in to a huge ziploc, cut the tip, and went to town.
Question for the bakers – what do you do with the cupcake innards? I ended up dividing them in to little cups and topping them with ganache for little sweet treats for the husband this week!
The whole process was actually sort of fun and didn’t take nearly as much time as I expected.
But boy did it generate a lot of dishes! Good thing I have a husband for that!
I wrapped up the cupcakes and stuck them in the freezer until last night.
It’s hard to screw up just butter and sugar, right?
It was hit or miss for awhile there. But I think I got it.
Topped with Emerald City Green sprinkles, these were just the right amount of festive!
Husband was my taste tester and he thoroughly enjoyed them. “Best cupcakes I’ve ever had in my life!” (I’m pretty sure he’s obligated to say that, ya know.)
We’ll see how everyone likes them at the potluck today!
PS – Don’t forget to wear your green tomorrow!