IRISH FREAKING CAR BOMB CUPCAKES Saint Patrick’s day inspired but you defiantly don’t need it to be saint patrick’s day for you to eat or make these babies. Chocolate Guinness cake. Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting, and a Whiskey Chocolate Ganache. I think you just died, you just died thinking of how delicious these cupcakes are. If you want little cupcake packed full of flavor you defiantly have it in these!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with America’s staple St. Patrick’s Day cocktail, here’s what it contains: 3/4 pint of Guinness, 1/2 shot of Irish whiskey such as Jameson floated over 1/2 shot of Irish cream such as Bailey’s. The shot is dropped into the beer and chugged quickly, before the mixture begins to curdle. Some say it tastes like a chocolate milkshake. Um no.. I’m a lady I don’t go to bars as a single lady chugging shots… Geez how would I know how it tastes… You all are bonkers…
For those of you who are very familiar with this St. Patty’s Day drink-of-choice, are you also familiar with what an Irish car bomb is exactly? I would assume that if you’ve never looked into the meaning, you’d have no idea where the name came from. Well, it’s your lucky day (I need that lame drum sound right now), here’s a little history lesson! From the 1960s to the later years of the 1990s, Northern Ireland was involved in a period called the Troubles. During the Troubles, war was declared and ongoing violence took place. On July 21, 1972, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) used 22 car bombs in the city of Belfast. These bombs took the lives of a few innocent people, while many were left severely injured. This day became known as Bloody Friday. Many people these days find the use of the name ‘Irish Car Bomb’ to describe a popular drink to be offensive and distasteful, while some find it fairly harmless. In American culture, this is a drink we are simply accustomed to ordering on St. Patty’s Day. So next time you order one, you’ll know a bit of the history, too. Yeah I can be smart sometimes.
“GOSH, Jamie just kill my buzz why don’t you?” Say that in a mimicking voice because I did. and it was entertaining to me
Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vinegar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Guinness
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2-3 teaspoons Irish whiskey
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/s stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 -4 tablespoons Bailey’s
Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 cupcake cups with liners. Place flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking soda in the bowl whisk them to blend. Then add buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, egg, oil and Guinness till well combined. Take a 1/4 cup fill it with batter and fill the cupcake pan. 1/4 cup should be enough to fill your cups with bake 18- 25 minutes do the bounce back test or use a tooth pick to see if it come out clean. cool before frosting them.
Make the Ganache: pour chocolate chips to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If this has not sufficiently melted the chocolate, you can return it to a double-boiler to gently melt what remains. 20 seconds in the microwave, watching carefully, will also work.) Add the butter and whiskey (if you’re using it) and stir until combined.
Make the Icing: Whip the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer for several minutes. You want to get it very light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time. When the frosting looks thick enough to spread, drizzle in the Bailey’s (or milk) and whip it until combined. If this has made the frosting too thin (it shouldn’t, but just in case) beat in another spoonful or two of powdered sugar.