These easy Irish Cream Chocolate Cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
In a family where St. Patrick’s Day rules, it’s often easy to forget that there are exceptions to the ‘green everything’ mantra of the day. Green hair, green beer, green wigs are all standard fare on March 17th but in addition to those favorite accessories also comes the best part .. the food!! Guinness Bangers and Mash, Irish Soda Bread, Shamrock Green Crinkle Cookies and Neon Green Mint Chocolate Cheesecake not withstanding (ok.. those last two aren’t exactly “Irish” but they ARE green..) my all time favorite St. Patrick’s Day sweet treat has to be my Irish Cream Chocolate Cupcakes.
These cupcakes are fast and easy to make and if you are new to this blog, please let me take a moment to introduce myself…
Hi… I am Heather and I can’t bake from scratch to save my life.
There, now we are all on the same playing field. I love scratch make baked goods but I was blessed with the always necessary ability to sing Staying Alive from start to end .. not bake edible baked goods. We all have to play to our strengths and while the Bee Gees are not in any danger of my singing abilities, believe me, Betty Crocker isn’t too worried either. Lol..
Now that this dirty, dark secret has been brought back to light, let me say I am not ashamed to grab some help in the form of convenience packaged items from the grocery store. If you are one of those blessed individuals that can bake from scratch and serve up perfect cupcakes.. well .. you go on with your bad self. Me? Store bought cake mix with a few up grades, thank you!
The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter how you make your cupcakes just so long as you have them on hand this St. Patrick’s Day. By adding in your favorite brand of Irish Cream liquor to both the mix and the frosting, these cupcakes have a smooth and rich flavor that really plays against the chocolate and takes these to the next level … that next level being the WOW level!!
Now go find your green lipstick and get ready!!! What’s your favorite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day??
Enjoy the holiday and don’t forget to be responsible… call that cab!!
- 1 Chocolate Cake boxed mix
- Eggs as called for + one
- Butter , twice as much oil as called for
- Irish Creme , substitute for the amount of water called for
- Non-stick spray or paper liners
- Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup butter , softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbl Irish Cream
- 1/8 tsp salt
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees or whatever the boxed cake mix calls for.
Combine your batter as instructed but add in one extra egg, substitute the Irish Cream for water and use melted butter in place of the oil and double the amount of oil called for.
Continue to follow the box instructions regarding mixing times and when you are done, spoon the batter into the cupcake tins which have either been coated in non-stick spray or filled with cupcake liners.
Fill the tins 2/3 of the way full.
Bake as the box instructs and when done, remove from the oven and let sit 2 minutes before removing the cupcakes to a cooking rack.
Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
Once your cupcakes are cool, make your frosting. In a large bowl and using an electric mixer, whip your butter until creamy.
Add in your powdered sugar, vanilla, Irish Cream and salt.
Mix to combine.
Spoon your frosting into a piping bag or a storage bag with the corner snipped off and frost your cupcakes.