Bailey's Chocolate Cupcakes

18 September 2012

Happy National Cupcake Week! I couldn't let the week pass without my contribution. So I made these cupcakes with my all-time favourite alcoholic drink... Bailey's.

If you're a fan of Bailey's {or even if you're not!} you have to make these. There's Baileys in both the base and the buttercream so the flavour really comes through. They're very quick and easy to make so in no time at all you'll have some yummy cupcakes to devour. I had one with a Bailey's coffee yesterday evening!


Bailey's Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12
Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes

140g caster sugar
140g softened butter
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
140g self raising flour
15g cocoa powder, sieved
2 tablespoons Bailey's or other Irish cream liqueur

125g softened butter
350g icing sugar
15g cocoa powder
 75ml Bailey’s or other Irish cream liqueur
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 190C {375F) gas mark 5. Line a muffin tray with 12 paper cases.

In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar with a hand held electric whisk {or a stand mixer if you're lucky enough to have one!} until it's light and fluffy. Beat the eggs in a jug with the vanilla extract and gradually add to the sugar/butter mixture. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix until fully incorporated. Pour in the Bailey's and mix a little more but do not over mix.

Divide the mixture between the cases until they are about two thirds full. Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes. A skewer inserted into the middle of the cupcake will come out clean when they are ready and when gently touched they will bounce back. Transfer to a wire rack ans leave to cool completely before icing.

For the frosting, put the softened butter into a large bowl and sift in the icing sugar. Mix together by hand with a whisk until well combined and there are no lumps. Add the Bailey's and vanilla extract and mix with a spatula until combined. Now mix with a hand held electric whisk for about 5 minutes on high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy.

Spoon or pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes and top with sprinkles of your choice. I raided our {unopened until now} tin of Cadbury's Heroes and stole all the mini Twirls to stick in the buttercream.


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  2. omg these look amazing! thanks for joining in with Foodie Foto Friday

    1. Thank you Helen, they really were as delicious s they look! x

  3. They look superb! Great decorating :)
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    1. Thank you, I always like to make them look nice with something yummy stuck in the top of them! x

  4. Hi I just wanted to say a big thank you for your wonderful recipes!
    I was asked to make some cupcakes for work, and as i have always loved baking and cooking I was looking forward to the idea. Though I havent baked in a while. My favourite thing to make is profiteroles, but didnt thin they were apt for a birthday. So I googled for some good cupcake recipes, and then came across you blog. I yesterday made some baileys cupcakes and today made some lemon drizzle cupcakes. I have to say they tasts amazing (of course I had to try them, and being as baileys is my favourite yummy!)
    So again a huge thank you to you for your lovely recipes, I look forward to reading more from you and making some more of your recipes!
    Thanks Vikki :) x

    1. Aww thanks for your lovely comments Vikki, I'm so happy that you'be tried some of my recipes... and like them!

      I've never made profiteroles before, I'll have to give them a go cos I love them too. And I'll have to make some more Bailey's cupcakes soon... but just finished a bottle off the other day :) xx

  5. Loved them, and they went down a treat in work!
    My bottle of baileys is now finished... was rude not to finish off what i didnt use in the cake! :)
    Definately in the baking mood now! xx


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