irish cream cupcakes

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes

You might be getting the idea I really like St Patrick’s Day, or that I am Irish? It’s neither, really, the other two posts today are really only because I create a lot of green food!

These? Yes, they are for St Patty’s, but more because I haven’t baked sweets in a while. May as well be festive! Plus I have a potluck I can take most of them to. Winning all around.

I sparked my inspiration last night with a Bailey’s Irish Cream – one for Jason, one for me.

Funny Bailey’s story – a few years ago Jason and I went to Vegas for a wedding, and our drink of choice on that trip was Bailey’s + coffee (I wanted to stay awake and alert for hours at the craps table). We were in first class for our flight home, and as we were waiting to depart the attendant came around asking for drink orders. Everyone gave theirs, and when we ordered our Bailey’s + coffee, people started turning around looking at us, calling out that they want that too, please change their order! We had the entire section of the plane drinking our drink, except for one poor guy who still wanted his JΓ€ger. He wasn’t done with Vegas, I guess.

irish cream cupcakes

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup agave
2 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup flour (gluten free ap)
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

Whisk melted butter and agave, add eggs and vanilla. Mix flour and baking powder, combine with butter sugar egg vanilla mixture until completely incorporated. Add irish cream. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.

Bake @ 375 for 20-25 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes clean. Makes 10-12 cupcakes.

Cool before frosting.

Also? Fill with chocolate before frosting:

irish cream frosting

8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
3 teaspoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
coloring (optional)

Cream together butter and cream cheese, add irish cream. Add confectioners sugar in 1/2 cups until desired consistency is reached.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete March 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I think I say this every time comment here — but your food is always so adorable!

And I have done that so many times – change my food or drink order once I hear what someone else got!


2 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

thank you, Holly!! then I’m doing something right on this little blog! :)


3 Tropical Eats March 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm

i agree. Most adorable food ever!!


4 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

aw! *blushing* :)


5 janetha @ meals and moves March 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Love the vibrant green and the fun insides.


6 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Thanks, Janetha!! it’s fun to make outrageous colors sometimes!! πŸ˜€


7 Lisa March 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Bailey’s and coffee—yum!
I’ll take a cupcake please :)


8 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I know… we usually only have Bailey’s in the house around the holidays, so it was fun to have that flavor… Mmm…


9 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm

LOVE these! Those wrappers are perfect… are they the Sutton ones? I’d like a cupcake please :)


10 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

YES, I LOVE Sutton!! I so wish I could send one of these your way… πŸ˜€


11 Stephanie March 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Fun fun fun!!


12 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

*weee* we’re having fun over here!! I had just finished frosting them today when I heard the mailman drive up – I was able to run out and give him one!! πŸ˜€


13 hihorosie March 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Holy yum! And green food = yay! Your cupcakes look so festive and bright!


14 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

hee! thanks! as much as I like natural, sometimes it’s fun to make colors not occurring in nature… πŸ˜€


15 Monique March 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

haha I LOVE that plane story, that’s awesome :) And these cupcakes are so pretty! They look like they’re frosted in Grinch green haha that’s weird, but it’s the first thing I thought of when I saw them :)


16 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

yes – I don’t really edit color (ha – I use iPhoto to “edit”) so… yeah, these are really that green! I found some super fun BRIGHT colors at the baking shop! I like the Grinch! πŸ˜€


17 Heather (Where's the Beach) March 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

MMMMM Irish cream. Haven’t had that in eons. Jason used to work at a French restaurant and they had this special coffee drink called the Aloutte’s (name of restaurant). This was even before I drank coffee and that’s all I ever wanted for dessert. I don’t even know how many liquors and “creams” were in that thing πŸ˜‰


18 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

they are so good, right?? it really was good in Vegas – we still felt like we were having a cocktail, but we were staying sober and the coffee kept us up – we were at the craps table for 5 hours one night, and each of us up about $1300 each! it’s our lucky drink, perhaps?? πŸ˜€


19 christina March 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

ok that green is seriously my favorite color. ever.


20 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

someone called it GRINCH GREEN ! πŸ˜€


21 christina March 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

i say it’s lime zesty green


22 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

that’s good!! πŸ˜€


23 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka March 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Your frosting is so fluffy, I want to dive right into that cupcake!

Um, I’m thinking of Bailey’s & coffee for breakfast tomorrow….hmmmm I wish.


24 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm

ha! wouldn’t that be nice?? :) wait ONE more day… you can perhaps have one Saturday? I whipped that frosting on high for a long time… SO fluffy!!


25 Tropical Eats March 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Love <3

that is all. :)


26 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

thanks, Shannon!! <3 <3


27 sophia March 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Those cupcakes are soo pretty!!! I’m like you…I LOVE green food!! It’s my favorite food color!


28 spabettie March 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

thanks, Sophia! this is Much Brighter than my normal, natural green colored food, but I still like them!! πŸ˜€


29 Amy B @ Second City Randomness March 18, 2011 at 3:57 am

I love using bailey’s in frosting… it really is the most amazing thing ever. Then again, bailey’s goes well in quite a few things. πŸ˜‰


30 Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 18, 2011 at 9:39 am

Whee, Happy Green Day cupcakes! Awesome! πŸ˜€


31 spabettie March 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm

“green day cupcakes” – ha! I suppose that’s better than Dookie Cupcakes.

GAAH ! I’m not even a “Green Day” fan… πŸ˜‰


32 (what runs) Lori March 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I made cupcake the other day… where was this recipe when I needed it?! Geez! LOVE the green frosting and LOVE the drinks.

That is a great story… I have a feeling you’ve got a lot of them. πŸ˜‰


33 spabettie March 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I do… I do!! πŸ˜‰ I’m (HOPEFULLY!) going to be one of those people sitting on my porch with a rocking chair… telling all of my life’s stories to anyone who will listen… :)


34 Jenn@slim-shoppin March 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

Those look so great!!! Very festive and I love the color of the cupcake wrappers.

Have a great weekend!


35 spabettie March 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm

thanks, Jenn!! I hope your weekend was fantastic too!!


36 Heather @ kissmybroccoli March 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Ohmygosh! These are the cutest things EVER!! I’ve never had Bailey’s and coffee but it sounds tasty!


37 spabettie March 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

it’s pretty darn good… πŸ˜‰


38 S @ March 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I love absolutely everything about this post! Well, I can’t imagine *wanting* to drink Bailey’s, but all the greens are totally seductive! The hue of the frosting… I don’t have any greens that go in that direction… what should we call it? I’m tempted to call it “ghostbuster green”, but I’ll hold out for the official word. πŸ˜‰


39 spabettie March 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm

ha~! I have heard Shrek Green, and Zesty Lime Green! I like Ghostbuster Green also. and yep, totally not “occurring in nature” πŸ˜‰ but SO delicious!!


40 Dinner at Christina's March 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

You are my kinda lady – baking with Bailey’s! Looks delicious! I love the color green!


41 spabettie March 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

yes – Bailey’s is SO good, and makes a great frosting flavor, too!!


42 Christin@purplebirdblog March 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Mmmm, love the center of these babies!! πŸ˜€


43 spabettie March 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm

my favorite part… I love to fill cupcakes, and then not tell people… SURPRISE !


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