Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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Alternate title: “This is how much I love my husband.”

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Alternate title: “I’ll take any excuse to challenge my baking skills – especially when beer, whiskey and Bailey’s in involved.”

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Alternate title: “It’s all Brie’s fault.”

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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.

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I made the cupcake batter.

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It’s hard to go wrong with that much beer and butter, really.

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I baked them.

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And I let them cool all day (Sunday).

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(Did I mention I made a double batch?)

I made ganache for the first time ever.

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It’s hard to go wrong with that much cream and chocolate, really.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The whole process was actually sort of fun and didn’t take nearly as much time as I expected.

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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.

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Frosting ensued.

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It’s hard to screw up just butter and sugar, right?

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It was hit or miss for awhile there. But I think I got it.

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Topped with Emerald City Green sprinkles, these were just the right amount of festive!

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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.)

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We’ll see how everyone likes them at the potluck today!

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PS  – Don’t forget to wear your green tomorrow!

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20 Responses

  1. Those look amazing … I’m sure they’ll go over really well!! 🙂 My husband uses the “best I’ve ever had” line too, and I never know if he’s just bias, lol.

  2. (I did not have time to read this yet, but saving in my google reader) – just wanted to comment, HELL YES!!! Looks amazing! Happy St. Patty’s day (a day early) love!

  3. Yum! I’m glad I tempted you to the dark side. I’ve always wanted to make them, but haven’t been able to justify the price of booze. Boo.

  4. I found you from Lisa’s site and omg these look AMAZING! You have one lucky husband.

  5. Dude. These are beyond creative! I want one.

  6. Those look so chocolaty! Yumola. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

  7. Those look great. I just had to comment here since I made similar chocolate cupcakes last night for my sister’s birthday. 🙂

  8. Your baking skills are just fine! Wonderful, in fact! These look fabulous…and I’m sure they were a huge hit~

  9. amazing. enough said. I didn’t even know cupcake corers existed…COOL!

  10. oh man, I want to try those! I love booze in cupcakes! I’ve had guiness chip ice cream before and I bet it would be awesome with the cupcakes!

  11. A perfect accompaniment to Thin Mint Irish Coffee I would think. One of each and you’d be bamboozled! They really look great, you must be more of a baker that you thought.

  12. To answer your leftovers question, you either dip them in melted choc or roll them in your fave hot cocoa mix – or cinn sugar, or cocoa powder, or cinnamon, or any other tasty powder – and POOF! You have truffles. No lie, that’s the recipe in Fannie Farmer’s cookbook for truffles, and the winner 2 Valentine’s Days running!

  13. Ack, that’s what I get for not reading thoroughly – you were asking about cupcake innards, not leftover ganache. Do the above with the ganache, then take the cupcake innards and mash them into a bunch of leftover frosting, shape into balls and chill. Super yum, esp if you dip them in melted chocolate!

  14. Beautiful. So much chocolate and with chocolate filling.. sounds like a great thing 🙂

  15. Amazing post! That title had me in stitches :-))
    they look so wicked and love all your photos…

  16. Those look great! Have you ever had creme de menthe brownies? That’s what I thought of when I saw these cupcakes…mmm cravings.

  17. Now that is how you infuse liquor into a cupcake!

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