Honestly can you think of a better dessert to celebrate St. Patrick's day than with a Guinness and Bailey's cupcake combination? I made these as miniatures because I tend to be a little heavy handed with the Baileys in the frosting.(oops...) Literally two bites and you are done. These are so good but definitely not for the kiddies...that is unless you want them to take a little snooze during all of the St. Paddy's celebration.
The stout beer is mixed with chocolate to give the cake a deep rich flavor. The Bailey's is added to the frosting and the combination is simply fabu!!!
What you will need...
For the cake
1 c. Guinness Extra Stout
1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. cocoa powder
2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c. white sugar
For the Frosting
1c. butter softened
3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
4 T Bailey's Irish Cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
What you need to do
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin cups by either spraying with cooking spray or lining with paper cups. I used the mini muffin tins for my bite size treats.
In saucepan heat butter, Guinness, and brown sugar until all is melted and blended together. Remove from heat and let cool. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt into large mixing bowl and then add the white sugar. Once the Guinness mixture is cooled to about room temperature add it to the flour and mix for 1- 2 minutes until completely blended. Add in the beaten eggs and mix for another 2 minutes.
Spoon the mixture into the baking cups until each cup is approximately 2/3 full. Bake in the oven for 18 minutes.
While your little cupcakes are baking, beat the butter until it is smooth and a somewhat fluffy. Add the vanilla and confectioner's sugar and mix, then add a tablespoon of the Bailey's and mix. Repeat alternating the sugar and the Bailey's three more times until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.
Once muffins have cooled apply the frosting and green sprinkles.
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