Irish Coffee Cupcakes

I'm ready for St. Patrick's Day next week, and hoping to try out these this weekend - Irish Coffee Cupcakes! If they work out (and I hope they do), I'm going whip up another batch for the St. Patty's next week. A little coffee + a little whiskey = 1 great St. Patrick's Day! Maybe I'll even get a leprechaun to help me...

Irish Coffee Cupcakes
For the cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons instant-espresso powder
1/4 cup whole milk
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs

For the frosting
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon whiskey
instant-espresso powder (for dusting)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cupcakes: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour water over espresso powder; let cool. Combine espresso with milk. Beat butter and granulated and brown sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with espresso-milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour (batter may look broken).

2. Fill 15 cups (of two 12-cup muffin tins) three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool; turn out cupcakes from tins.

3. Make the frosting: Whisk together cream and confectioners' sugar until medium peaks form. Add whiskey; whisk until slightly stiff peaks form.

4. Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons frosting; dust with espresso powder.

recipe via marthastewart


Melanie's Randomness said...

A cupcake with some whiskey in it is music to my ears!! Love this recipe, will definitely give it a whirl next week!

New England Girl said...

Oh my goodness... this looks like heaven in a paper holder. I can't wait to try these for St. Patty's day! :)

Editor said...

Those look divine!!! Thanks for the recipe

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Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Yum! Report back on the verdict!

Laughter-Loving Stacy said...

oooooh yumm!!!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

ooooo my! I have to try this recipe! thanks! xo

Emily said...

Yum! these sound delightful!!!

owl and peacock : melina said...

I am not a St. Pat's day girl, at all at all, but I daresay I have to make these cupcakes. Delish!

Caroline said...

I have been looking for a sweet recipe and will have to try these!! XO

Nicole Marie said...

oh yes i'm definitely making these!!

Carissa said...

whiskey frosting? whoa! I'd love to try! I hope they work out!

Erin said...

Oh these sound soooo good!

Pampelmoose said...

I tried these this weekend for dinner with the in-laws and they were a hit! The cupcakes themselves were fairly dense and not overly sweet, and went perfectly with the light, whiskey-spiked icing. Hope your experiment went well, too!

Kate said...

I love this! I may have to make some tonight!