Coffee and Irish Cream Cupcakes

We were invited to a birthday party! (there’s an exclamation mark included because this doesn’t happen very often…don’t feel bad for us. we’re perfectly happy eating baked goods without an excuse. and by ourselves.)

I know that normally, you don’t bring baked goods to a birthday party. But this was a party for a one year old. And it was a potluck bbq type thing. So we decided to make cupcakes! And yes, we made coffee and irish cream cupcakes… for a one year old… for her birthday. We figured the grownups might want cupcakes too? It was Brett’s idea. The booze. In the cupcakes. I wanted to do cupcakes. But to be honest, it totally worked. Everyone said they were amazing and they started disappearing so fast I almost forgot to grab one to try! (But I got one, and I have to admit, they were pretty dang delicious.)

Downside: I guess everyone didn’t get the memo about the booze… so we had at least two little people running around a little too enthusiastically… oops… my bad. Oh well. Put a warning label on yours.

(ps. sorry it’s been so long! I had spring break for two weeks so we went on vacation to the big island! whoo! this post is old but still tasty!)

Coffee and Irish Cream Cupcakes (ah! I don’t know where this recipe is from! Brett found it on a random website..)

Ingredients for Cupcakes

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp ground coffee
  • 3/4 cups unsalted room temperature butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup melted coffee ice cream (I recommend Haagen Daas)
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 1/4 cup Irish cream (like Bailey’s)

Ingredients for Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tbsp Bailey’s
  • chocolate shavings or chocolate covered espresso beans for garnish (optional but adorable)*

Procedure for Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and ground coffee
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy
  4. Add in eggs, melted ice cream, kahlua, and bailey’s and mix just until blended
  5. Slowly stir in dry ingredients, and pour into cupcake liners until about 2/3 full (I think mine made about 18 cupcakes).
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove cupcakes from tins, set on racks to cool completely

Procedure for Whipped cream

  1. Whip the cream in a medium bowl until it just barely starts to expand a bit
  2. Add in sugar and Bailey’s and continue whipping until a stiff-ish whipped cream forms (careful not to overwhip)
  3. Put in a pastry bag or a cone of parchment paper or a plastic bag with the tip cut off and pipe onto delicious cupcakes!!
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