Recently it was my friend Jen’s birthday and I wanted to make her a special treat. We both love Irish cream so I thought I would make her birthday cupcakes spiked with Baileys!
I came across this recipe for them by Recipe Girl and divided them in half but here is the complete recipe. I think 24 cupcakes would have been a little much for any birthday girl!
MAKING THE CUPCAKES
Cream together 3/4 cup room temperature cream cheese with 10 tbsp of room temperature butter. Add 1 cup of packed light brown sugar.
Then add 1 cup of white sugar and blend well. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 3 large eggs. Add some of the 3/4 cup of Irish Cream liqueur.
Followed by some of the dry ingredients (2 3/4 cups cake flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt sifted together). Alternate between Baileys and the dry ingredients but make sure to finish with the flour mixture. This is the kind of texture you want.
Toss 3/4 cup of miniature chocolate chips (I couldn’t find any and just used regular) in 1/2 tbsp of cake flour. Gently fold the chips into the cupcake batter.
Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. I used an ice cream scoop to divvy out the batter.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for around 20 minutes until the centers are set. Cool completely!!!
MAKING THE IRISH CREAM BUTTERCREAM
After the cupcakes have cooled, blend together 1 cup of room temperature butter with 3 cups of powdered sugar.
While doing that also add 4 tbsp of Baileys.
Now you can add 2 tsp of vanilla extract but I wanted those beautiful vanilla seeds so I got out my vanilla bean paste and used that instead.
Once everything is blended together, decorate as you desire! I just used an offset spatula to add the buttercream to the cupcake.
Thanks to President’s Choice I added some PC Cookies & Creme Topping for a little decoration and they looked pretty as a picture.
They were also absolutely delicious! I pulled them out just as they were finished baking so they were not dry at all and that icing is unbelievably delicious. It is hard to go wrong with an Irish cream dessert and Jen agreed, she loved them!
Which is all that really matters.