Bailey’s Cupcakes

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I love Baileys Irish Cream and always looking for ways to cook with it.  I found this recipe for cupcakes and they are delicious.  The cupcakes are also perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!  The Bailey’s flavor really comes through since it’s both in the cake and frosting.

Bailey's Cupcakes

Bailey’s Cupcakes

Cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking soda
1 large egg
2/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 cup black coffee, room temperature

Frosting:
2 tsps instant coffee granules
1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream, warmed ~ I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
Sprinkles or colored sugars

To make the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350º and put cupcake liners in pans to make 24 cupcakes. I also give the liners a little spritz of Pam so nothing sticks to the paper.

Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, beat the egg, oil, buttermilk, Bailey’s, and coffee together. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixer on low speed until just mixed then beat on medium for 2 minutes.

Spoon the batter in the cupcake liners ~ I use an ice cream scoop and filled about 3/4s full.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. I think mine too a minute or two longer than the 17 minutes but keep an eye on yours.  Cook on a wire rack for about minutes then remove the cupcakes to the wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting:

Dissolve the instant coffee granules in the warm Bailey’s and stir until the coffee is completely dissolved.   Undissolved coffee granules are not appetizing.

In a large mixer bowl, cream the butter. Gradually add the vanilla and salt. Slowly add the confectioner’s sugar and some of the Bailey’s/coffee mixture to create and fluffy frosting. I didn’t use all of my Bailey’s/coffee mixture.  The frosting is a coffee color and not white like it looks in the picture.

Frost each cupcake and sprinkle with colored sugars or sprinkles.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Baileys cupcakes 2

Source:  Intoxicated Cupcakes

Happy Cooking!

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Guinness Cupcakes

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All I can say is WOW!!!  These are fabulous!  I know lots of people think you can’t make a cakey dessert with beer (or bourbon) and chocolate but really it adds such a depth of flavor to the baked good.

I had some trouble with the frosting so the next time I make this I will just bake a regular buttercream frosting and  use the reduced Guinness for some of the liquid.  I also did not use the vanilla bean ~ $11.99 for ONE bean and that’s just not happening so I added a bit more vanilla.   And I am a lousy frosterer!

@JanetRudolph tweeted this recipe last week and it comes from her blog ~ Dying for Chocolate Her blog is just chock full of chocolate ~ YUM!

Give these a try and see what you think!

I want to blog chocolate all week in time for Valentine’s day but I am getting a cold so if you don’t see me for a day or two, that’s why!

Guinness Cupcakes

1 cup Guinness extra stout
12 tbsps butter
3/4 cup unsweetened chocolate chunks (I broke up 1 Ghiradelli unsweetened chocolate baking bar)
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tbsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350º.

Place the stout and butter in a saucepan and bring to a simmer ~ do not boil ~ over medium-low heat.

Add chocolate chunks to hot stout/butter mixture and whisk until the chocolate melts. Take the pan off the heat and let the mixture cool.

Add the sugar to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine well.

In a bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together.

Using a mixer with a whisk attachment throughout, combine the eggs and sour cream. Add the stout/chocolate mixture to the egg/sour cream mixture mixture and combine until well mixed.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the egg/chocolate mixture in thirds, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go along.

Place cupcake liners in pans and fill to about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350º for about 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Mine took 18 minutes.

Cool on wire rack before frosting.

Frosting

1 cup butter, room temp
2 1/2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 whole scraped vanilla bean
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup Guinness extra stout

In a small saucepan, simmer Guinness on low heat for about 10-15 minutes. Stout will reduce and become somewhat syrupy. Be careful that it doesn’t burn. Let cool.

Using a mixer, cream the butter for one minute. Slowly add the powdered sugar in thirds, alternating with some of the milk each time. Mix until creamy.

Add scraped vanilla bean and extract.

Slowly add reduce Guinness a bit at a time. Taste until you get to your desired flavor. I used a couple of tbsps so you may not use all the reduction.

Place in a piping bag with a large start tip and frost or just frost with a knife if you prefer.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Happy Cooking!

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

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I don’t know why I am on such a sweets kick but I am.  I found this recipe in the Cake Mix Doctor Cupcakes book.  They were mini-cupcakes in the book but I made regular-sized ones.  The minis would be great for a shower or tea party and I like these for an Easter dessert.

As per my usual, they were easy to make.  I used Dickinson’s Lemon Curd but you could make your own if you wanted too.

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Cupcakes:

I box lemon cake mix
1/ 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup lemon curd
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs

Lemony Cream:

1 cup whipping cream, chilled
1 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
1/3 to 1/2 lemon curd (I used the rest of the jar because I LOVE lemon)

Heat oven to 350º. Line mini cupcake pans or regular cupcake pans with cupcake liners (I also sprayed some Pam over the liners and the tops of the pan).

Mix the cake mix, water, lemon curd, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl, following the directions on the cake mix box. Spoon or scoop (I use an ice cream scoop for regular cupcakes) into pans, filling 2/3rds full.

Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes for regular size cupcake and 15 to 20 for the mini cupcakes. Remove plans from oven and place pans on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then take the cupcakes out the pan carefully and let cool in the rack until completely cool.

Prepare Lemony Cream. Place bowl and beaters in the freezer for a few minutes then pour the cream into the chilled bowl and beat with a mixer on high speed until the cream has thickened. Stop beating and add the sugar. Beat again until stiff peaks form. With a spatula, gently fold in the lemon curd. Use right away or chill for up to 8 hours before using.

Frost cupcakes with the lemony cream covering the top of the cupcake completely. Top with slivered strawberries or raspberries or blueberries if desired.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Makes 24 regular cupcakes or 4 dozen mini cupcakes.

Happy Cooking!

An All-American Menu!

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Happy Birthday, America!

We will be taking it easy today and having some of our favorites for dinner. I’ll be adding photos during the day as I get things made if I don’t have a photo already on my computer.

First up ~ one of my DH’s favorites:

Beer Burgers with Beer Braised Onions

Onions:
1 tbsp butter
1 large onion, sliced thin
1 cup beer
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Burgers:
1 1/2 lbs ground chuck
2 tbsps beer
1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
4 burger buns
4 cheese slices (your choice)

Onions: Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute, frequently stirring, until the onions are tender, about 5-6 minutes. Add 3/4 cup beer, sugar and salt. Cook until the beer has been absorbed by the onions and the onions are beginning to brown, about 18 minutes. Add the remaining 1/4 cup beer and bring to a simmer. Keep onions warm

Burgers: In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the ground chuck, Tabasco, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Gently form into 4 patties. Do not handle the meat too much or the burgers will be tough.

Grill burgers to your desired degree of doneness. Top with cheese right at the end.

Toast buns on grill and serve burgers topped with the cheese, beer braised onions and your favorite condiments.

Serves 4

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I use vegetarian baked beans in this dish but you can use your favorite. I found this recipe on the Southern Living website some time ago.

Root Beer Baked Beans

3 slices of bacon
1 small onion, diced
2 (16 ounce) cans of vegetarian baked beans (I use Bush’s)
1/2 cup root beer, NOT diet
1/4 cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp hot sauce

Fry bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it is crisp; drain on paper towels, reserve 2 tbsps. drippings in skillet. Crumble the bacon when it has cooled enough to handle and set aside.

Saute onion in bacon drippings over high heat for about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir together the onion, crumbled bacon, beans, and remaining ingredients in a ligthly greased 1-qt baking dish.

Bake, uncovered, at 400º for 1 hour or until sauce has thickened.

Serves 4

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Next up is my Mom’s potato salad. I don’t measure anything in this salad so it’s not going to be precise. Add however much of each ingredient you like.

My Mom’s Potato Salad

5 lbs. potatoes, peeled, washed, cubed
celery, chopped
green pepper, chopped
onion, chopped
cucumber, chopped
3 or 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
mayonnaise

Peel, wash, and cube the potatoes. Place in large pan, cover with cold water, bring to a boil over high heat, boil for 10 minutes. Do not boil longer or you will have mashed potato salad (been there, done that!)

In a large bowl, add all the ingredients except mayonnaise and mix gently. Add mayonnaise ~ I generally start with 2 big spoonfuls and add more from there. I don’t add any salt and pepper to the salad since we salt and pepper at the table. Feel free to add it at this point if you want.

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For dessert:

Fourth of July Cupcakes

18 1/4 ounces white cake mix
1 cup water (or as indicated on cake mix directions)
1/3 cup oil (or as indicated on cake mix directions)
3 eggs (or as indicated on cake mix directions)
1/2 teaspoon blue food coloring
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
1 (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
red white and blue candy sprinkle

Prepare cake mix according to package directions.

In a small bowl, combine 1 1/3 cups batter with blue food coloring. In another small bowl, combine red food coloring with 1 1/3 cups batter. Leave the remaining batter plain.

Fill paper-lined muffin tins with 2 tablespoons red batter, 2 tablespoons plain batter, and 2 tablespoons blue batter. Do not swirl batter, leave it layered.

Bake at 350º for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes in pan and then remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frost with vanilla frosting and decorate with sprinkles.

Makes about 18 cupcakes

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We’ll also be having blue cocktails which I haven’t decided on yet 🙂

Have a happy, safe, delicious Fourth of July!