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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.

 
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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

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Hardware:
  • 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
Software:
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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rmatthew10 months 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)  rmatthew10 months ago

Sounds great!

This is mine. What would you suggest to make the frosting creamier? Add more Baileys?
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shesparticular (author)  Random123Me1 year ago
Either more Baileys or a splash of cream should help.
Thank you, It did!
PaganRaven1 year 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)  PaganRaven1 year 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)  garnishrecipes2 years ago
Hope you enjoy them!
I made these the other day and they were delicious. Thanks for the instructable.
mishoo3 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)  mishoo3 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. :)
moochaka3 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)  moochaka3 years ago
Your variation sounds awesome as well!
kfarrell13 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 :)
namesrtaken4 years ago
About how many would this make, a dozen?  :) They look exquisite!
shesparticular (author)  namesrtaken4 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.
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!
spoody3 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
moochaka3 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)  moochaka3 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.
komecake4 years ago
  This... will be made in future. O__O
namesrtaken4 years ago
Final Verdict: They're far more scrumptious than they looked! <3 Yum. Thank you!
damekiri4 years ago
Well I am pretty excited about making these for my boyfriend's colleagues (some of whom are Irish, and not offended).  I just wonder how many of the offended people on here are actually Irish, and by that I mean from Ireland, not "my great great grandfather was from Ireland".  If you've never been and can't find it on a map, you're not Irish...  I grew up in an English military town in the 1980s, with a very real and continued threat of car bombs from the IRA throughout my childhood and teenage years and I'm NOT offended by the name.  It's a name!  Who cares?!  If people spent less time finding things to be offended by and spent more time trying to make the world better, everyone'd be a winner.  The recipe looks awesome!  Shame people can't focus on what's important eh ;)
Just to add; they are all made and have been tested and are bloody gorgeous!
shesparticular (author)  damekiri4 years ago
So glad to hear it! Please feel free to post pictures of them as well!
jwystup4 years ago
These turned out really good! Not very strong though,  I expected more of a car bomb flavor. Maybe next time I would add more jameson & bailey's (I'm afraid to alter the cooked part haha). I would most definitely try using the frosting on something else too, I <3 baileys mmmm
shesparticular (author)  jwystup4 years ago
So glad to hear they turned out well! I've found that when they're not kept cold the flavor is stronger.
Mr. Brownie4 years ago
If your worried about alcohol content, couldn't you boil off the alcohol first, and then mix it in? Or would that ruin it? I have only cooked with white wine and sake, so I wouldn't know.
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