Bailey’s Chocolate Cupcakes

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Yes, that’s right.  Chocolate cupcakes topped with frosting made with a bit of Baileys Irish Cream Whiskey.  Liv for Cake sure knows how to pique my interest.  I might eat the entire bowl of frosting before any of it gets on the cupcakes.  But don’t tell anyone that!

Baileys Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes about 16 cupcakes

  • 6 Tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 6 Tbsp hot water
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1½ sticks butter (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream (room temperature)


Baileys Buttercream
  • 3 cups confectioners/icing sugar (sifted)
  • ½ cup dutch processed cocoa powder (unsweetened) (sifted)
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 Tbsp Baileys Irish Cream
  • 2 Tbsp whipping cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk cocoa and hot water together until smooth, set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Melt butter and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine.
  5. Transfer butter to the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until mixture has cooled, approx 4mins.
  6. Add eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated after each addition. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  7. Add vanilla and cocoa mixture, beat until combined.
  8. Reduce speed to low and alternate adding flour mixture and sour cream in 2 additions. Beat until just combined.
  9. Divide batter evenly into lined cups. I use a large ice cream scoop for this. Fill about ¾ full.*
  10. Bake for 15-20mins or until a cake tester comes out mostly clean. Rotate the trays after 10mins.
  11. Transfer to wire rack to cool for 10mins, then remove cupcakes from tins and cool completely on wire racks.
  12. Decorate with Baileys Buttercream.
Baileys Buttercream
  1. Prepare a stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
  2. Sift icing sugar and cocoa, whisk together well.
  3. Whip butter until creamy.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add in icing sugar /cocoa mixture 1 cup at a time until well blended.
  5. Increase speed to med and beat for 1 minutes.
  6. Add 2 Tbsp Baileys and 2 Tbsp cream and continue to beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  7. Add more cream as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  8. I whipped this for a few minutes longer as I was determined to get rid of the graininess.

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