As Food52 gets older (and wiser), and our archive of recipes grows, we’re making the effort to revisit some gold recipes from our community. Today, meet a boozy cupcake that’s perfect for St. Patty’s Day... or any day.
The first time I sipped a Guinness, I nearly choked. I was 18, spending the summer in Ireland with a college program, and our supervisor decided the best welcome to the Emerald Isle would be a pint at a pub. Nothing against Ireland’s best-selling beverage, but I struggle sipping blond ale, to say nothing of a dark stout. Seeing my distress, the bartender started chatting with me, eventually handing me a warm glass mug filled with what looked like coffee. “You’ll like this better,” he said, as I took a sip of my first Irish coffee. He wasn’t wrong.How I Went From Blankly Staring at Bottles to Whisky Afic... by Micki Balder How to Use Alcohol in Desserts by Catherine Lamb
Bitter coffee and smooth Irish whiskey sweetened with cream (and a little sugar) became my go-to order for the rest of the summer, and continue to remind me of that unforgettable Irish warmth and thoughtfulness.
And these coffee-flavored cupcakes topped with a boozy buttercream from Alice Crone (a.k.a. someonewhobakes) perfectly capture those same warm Irish flavors. These treats aren’t for the faint of heart—the very adult frosting contains a healthy dose of Irish cream, while the cakes are brushed with whiskey after baking to keep them moist and tipsy.These'll give you the best kind of buzz. Photo by James Ransom
To get a distinct whiskey flavor, Crone suggests brushing the tops of the baked cakes twice.
“Be patient with the whiskey drizzle,” she said. “If you want to be able to really taste it, you might need to let a little soak in, and then go back with a little more. One quick brush isn’t going to make a big difference if you’re really going the boozy route.”
Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Cake:1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon (rounded) instant espresso or coffee 1 to 3 tablespoons whiskey
Frosting:1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 pound powdered sugar 1/2 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
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Are you an Irish coffee fan? Or do you prefer Guinness?