Irish Cream Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting

Irish Cream Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting

Now I am not in any way Irish, but growing up my mom would always do something to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  We’d have green eggs and ham and she’d always add green food coloring to the milk and tell us that the Leprechaun came to visit. Now that I am older and no longer live at home, we don’t really do anything like that but with St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I would make a dessert for the occasion. In an effort to avoid eating all of what I made, I figured that I should probably make something that was easy to give away so I decided to make some cupcakes.  When trying to determine what flavor to make I thought to myself  “I love a hot cup of coffee with a splash of Irish cream so why not make that into a dessert?” The results were delicious.

The Recipe

  • Makes 20
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package super moist yellow cake
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Irish cream (you can use any brand)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 tablespoons strong coffee

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Sift together cake and pudding mix. Whisk in remaining ingredients until smooth. Mixture will be somewhat thick.
  3. Line a cupcake pan with liners. Fill liners 2/3 full of cupcake mixture.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting, beat the butter with a hand held mixer. Continue beating as you gradually add in the powdered sugar. Add in the milk and coffee until frosting is stiff but spreadable

Enjoy!

  • http://wahmshelly.blogspot.com/ Shelly

    Thanks for posting your recipe! I love to bake cupcakes and never made anything like that so its going on my “to bake” list!

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    You’re welcome Shelly!

  • http://notanotheromnivore.blogspot.com NAOmni

    Looks amazing!

    NAOmni

  • http://www.cravingchronicles.com The Craving Chronicles

    Ohhh these sound fantastic! I have some Irish creme frosting left over from the cupcakes I made recently, so maybe I will whip up a batch of these and frost them with the leftovers! Yum :)

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Thank you NAOmni!
    The Craving Chronicles: Oh double the Irish Cream, that sounds wonderful! :)

  • http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/ Michelle

    Your frosting looks perfect. Did you pipe it on?

    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Thanks Michelle! I don’t have a piping bag but I put the frosting into a plastic bag, snipped off the end and used that. I had never tried it before but it seemed to work pretty well. :)

  • http://watkinslynn.typepad.com/pages_pucks_and_pantry/ Mrs. L

    I have to laugh because I too, have leftover Bailey’s Cream Cheese frosting! I think these cupcakes would work perfect (not to mention use up part of this huge bottle of Bailey’s I now have in my fridge!)

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    haha Mrs. L, I am beginning to think that I need to make some of this Bailey’s frosting! I too have a huge bottle in my fridge, time to get creative! :)

  • Deb

    correction for frosting recipe “beat the butter then gradually add powdered sugar”

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    haha wow. Thank you Deb! I am so surprised I didn’t catch that. Making the correction now :)

  • Mary

    I made these and they were FABULOUS!!! My friends DEVOURED them, including one friend who insisted “I’m not a big fan of cake or cupcakes” – HE HAD TWO!! THANKS!

  • Karen

    Oh my gosh, these were SOOO good! I debated using a chocolate cake mix instead of yellow, but I decided to follow the recipe, and I’m so glad I did. The texture of the cupcakes was light & springy, and the flavor was fantastic! I added a teaspoon or two of instant coffee to the cake batter just to help enhance the Irish cream flavor. I also made an amazing Irish cream frosting/filling that I injected into the cupcakes; then I iced the cupcakes with some leftover cream cheese buttercream mixed with the remaining Irish Cream frosting. WOW! By the way, I piped the icing on the cupcakes using a parchment bag that was striped with Kelly green gel color. The effect was very pretty & just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Needless to say, I will be making these every St. Patrick’s Day from now on. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! :)

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    You’re welcome Karen! I’m glad you enjoyed them. I love the changes you made, especially injecting the cupcakes with Irish cream frosting, talk about yum!

  • Kathy

    Do you use “regular” or “instant” chocolate pudding mix?
    Is the “super moist” cake mix, one with “pudding” already in the mix?
    I baked these with a super moist pudding in the mix cake mix and instant pudding.
    They were a little dense but DELICIOUS.
    Maybe I underbaked them or maybe I used the wrong combination of ingredients???

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Hi Kathy- I’m glad you liked them! I use an instant pudding and Betty Crocker super moist cake mix that has the pudding in it. My cupcakes were a little dense too but I like them that way. You could try baking them for a little bit longer to see if your results change. Thanks for your comment! :)

  • Kathy

    Thanks for the info. I liked the dense moist texture, too but I didn’t know if that was the way they were “supposed” to be.
    But since everyone LOVED them, that ‘s what matters !
    We loved the Chocolate Carmel Kiss cocktail, too!
    We’ll be trying more of your recipes….thank you for sharing.

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  • http://Www.Lifeambrosia.com Hoho

    Wow ,these cup cakes are irish just like one direction boy band member naill horan i’m right,yeah?? And i think if my family are toghter i will do this cup cake

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  • Danni

    When making the icing I put the directed 3 tablespoons of coffee in but found that it tasted more like the sugar than a coffee flavor. I added more coffee but still didn’t help. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Hi Danni- You could try mixing a couple of tablespoons of instant espresso into water and then adding that to the frosting since espresso is a bit stronger.

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  • Linny

    Hi, I’m making the Irish Cream Cupcakes for St. Paddy’s. I am a little confused. Your recipe shows 1 teaspoon of vanilla before the butter cream frosting begins. I’ve always put vanilla in my butter cream frosting…….so is the vanilla supposed to go in both or just the cupcakes?

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com/ Deseree

    Linny- I used the vanilla in just the cupcakes. I didn’t want to add anymore liquid since I used the coffee. If you like your frosting more with vanilla, add a 1/2 teaspoon or so and work your way up from there. Hope this helps!

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