Sunday, February 26, 2012

Irish Coffee Cupcakes

All things green have been showing up in stores. Seems like every year people would like to be Irish on Saint Patrick's Day. We drink green beer, and Irish coffee to try to blend in with the true Irish. But really we are just being consumed by the holidays.

Let's face it; it's fun to be consumed by all these holidays. It's an excuse to have a party or bake a special dessert. I made an excuse to bake these Irish Coffee cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day. It is a coffee cupcake with a Bailey's Irish Cream buttercream. If you like Irish coffee, you will enjoy these cupcakes.

Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Coffee Cupcakes Ingredients - makes 12 cupcakes
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals1 cup flour1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Boil water. Mix with vanilla and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee crystals. I used 4 packets of single serve coffee.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.3. Add the egg, buttermilk and vegetable oil; mix to blend.4. Mix in the coffee mixture to the batter.5. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop batter into cupcake liners. Bake 18-20 minutes.Bailey's Irish Cream Buttercream
2 cups butter
3 cups powder sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream

Cream the butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment. Slowly add powder sugar and mix on low speed until blended. Mix in Bailey's. You can add more if you wish; if it becomes too soggy, add more sugar.

I used a Wilton 1M tip to frost the cupcakes and decorated with a fondant clover.

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