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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