Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Whiskey and Baileys

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The only way a good stout beer, whiskey, and Irish cream liquor could be better is if they were mixed together - a la an Irish Car Bomb. Better still though, would be mixing it all up with some chocolate in the form of rich Guinness chocolate cupcakes, filled with Jameson chocolate ganache, and topped with Bailys buttercream frosting.

Variations on this recipe can be found on loads of amazing food blogs like Smitten Kitchen, the Busty Baker, and others!

Note: These do contain some booze that isn't cooked off, so please be careful (no heavy machinery, etc.) and keep them away from the youngsters.

Also Note: "Irish Car Bomb" is a pretty horrible thing to call a drink or a cupcake. You could also call them "Car Bombs" but that's not much better really - Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Whiskey Ganache filling and Irish Cream Frosting works, but it's a bit long.

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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  • Bowls (you'll need at least 3, or you can wash one between each portion of preparation)
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Piping bag (you can also use plastic bags for this - you'll need 2)
  • Muffin tin
  • Cupcake papers
  • A melon baller or small spoon
For the Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup Guinness (or other stout)
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 3/8 cup (aka 1/4 and 1/8 cups) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/8 cup (aka 1/4 and 1/8 cups) cup sour cream

For the Gnache
  • 3 1/2 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon Jameson whiskey (or other whiskey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys (or other Irish cream liquor)
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DragosS23 days ago

These cupcakes would goo so well long a non alcoholic cocktail served from one of these cool things : http://www.thebeergiraffe.com/en/what-is-a-beer-tower/

AmberMorris2 months ago

This looks out of this world. To bad I cannot cook

njreyn3 months ago

Irish Cupcake Bombs? XD

I made this about 3 years ago and people BEG me every year to make them again. Might be time to bring it back...

namesrtaken5 years ago
About how many would this make, a dozen?  :) They look exquisite!
shesparticular (author)  namesrtaken5 years ago
The recipe will make a dozen large cupcakes, or a whole lot more mini ones (at least 24, last time I made small ones I ended up with 32 of them). I personally prefer the smaller ones since the flavors can all be enjoyed together that way.

If you make mini cupcakes, what would your guesstimation be on the amount of alcohol in each? Like comparable to a shot or much less or much more?

shesparticular (author)  PhiCraftyCrafty7 months ago

Because the alcohol in the beer almost entirely cooks off, I would say that the amount in a mini cupcake would be minimal (roughly 2 1/2 tablespoons in 24 cupcakes doesn't come out to much).

A dozen large or 2 dozen-ish mini. To say nothing about the regular sized tin. It's my preferred size, or is that what is meant by "large"? OR! Is size just relative? :P
I use "large" to describe what is actually a "regular"-sized cupcake - sorry about the confusion!
Thanks darlin. Just checkin :) I use "Jumbo" muffin tins to make breakfast muffins on the regular.
Thank you so much, dear. :) I'm very much looking forward to these!
rmatthew1 year ago

I made these, they are sooo good! I love the density and moistness of just the cupcake. And the chocolate and Guinness balance is just right! I used brandy instead of whiskey for the ganache because that's what I had on hand, and I had some swiss meringue buttercream on hand, so I mixed Irish cream into that(1 oz Irish cream per pound of buttercream).

shesparticular (author)  rmatthew1 year ago

Sounds great!

Random123Me2 years ago
This is mine. What would you suggest to make the frosting creamier? Add more Baileys?
shesparticular (author)  Random123Me2 years ago
Either more Baileys or a splash of cream should help.
Thank you, It did!
PaganRaven2 years ago
This is a great recipe! My daughter has made these for St. Patty's tomorrow and they're definitely yummy! Sooo good! =drools=
shesparticular (author)  PaganRaven2 years ago
Ooh. There is a stand at my local farmer's market here in the bay that sells Guiness cupcakes. My husband will be so happy when he hears we can try these at home. Will let you know how they go :) Thank you for posting this recipe!
shesparticular (author)  garnishrecipes3 years ago
Hope you enjoy them!
I made these the other day and they were delicious. Thanks for the instructable.
mishoo4 years ago
Did I miss where you credited Smitten Kitchen? Your cake recipe is identical to hers, your ganache is nearly so, and your frosting only has a bit more butter; all other proportions and ingredients are the same. I often adapt recipes, but if I follow them this closely, I give credit. Sincere apologies if you did and i missed it. :)
shesparticular (author)  mishoo4 years ago
A friend of mine actually shared this recipe with me, and I have since made some changes and seen it in loads of places online (among them the ever-awesome Smitten Kitchen).
I've seen many different VERSIONS of "carbomb cupcakes" all over the internet, many of them significantly different from each other. The versions that closely follow other recipes, like yours does, credit the originals. Not trying to be a jerk at all - I like your photos and instructions, and I'm not saying you knowingly took credit for a recipe that isn't yours. But now you know that at LEAST the cake recipe you claim isn't yours, and it's only fair to give proper credit.

Anywho.. not gonna hound you or anything.. just a thought. I'm totally in the mood for these now, dangit. :)
moochaka4 years ago
I made these a couple months ago for my parents while modifying the recipe a bit. I used Guinness 250th anniversary instead of regular Guinness (it is a bit stronger), didn't do the Gnache, and used Kahlua for the frosting. It would have been better with the Gnache I think but they were really good!

Thanks for the 'ible!
shesparticular (author)  moochaka4 years ago
Your variation sounds awesome as well!
kfarrell14 years ago
When I went to England they called the drinks 'Irish Muff Divers'. Offensive in a completely different way, and I kinda like it :)
spoody4 years ago
The real winner in this recipe, is the Frosting. Oh and if your careful, in the gnache and frosting you can double the booze! just a little less cream and butter. whooo hoooo! Happy St. Pats
moochaka4 years ago
I made these minus the gnache and substituting Frangelico for Bailey's. I must say they turned out delicious. The cupcakes by themselves are delicious, too!
shesparticular (author)  moochaka4 years ago
Sounds great also! So glad you enjoyed them!
lostmetoo4 years ago
for anyone worried about the name just think chocolate yummies
gavinzac5 years ago
If these were called "Arab Suicide Bomber Falafals" you would be banned.
shesparticular (author)  gavinzac5 years ago
As I noted, I also feel that the name of the drink is unfortunate and quite offensive). However, I don't feel that using the name of a particular drink (which I would hope someday soon becomes known as something else) warrants this type of comparison.
Apparantly the drink can also be known as a "shamrock bomb." The word "bomb" in drinks is always used when a shot is dropped (like a bomb) into a glass of beer.

Maybe you could call these shamrock cupcakes - and on St Patrick's day a bit of green colouring could be added to the icing!
Oh ok you're only doing it because everyone else does. Carry on then.
don't be a jerk
That's the name of the drink it's based on.  Take your snide remarks elsewhere.
komecake5 years ago
  This... will be made in future. O__O
namesrtaken5 years ago
Final Verdict: They're far more scrumptious than they looked! <3 Yum. Thank you!
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