Edibles: Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Published On January 10, 2013 | By Jonathan Melendez | Dessert, Food, Whiskey

If you’re a big fan of Irish coffee, then you’ll be a big fan of this delicious treat. How could you not be? This recipe brings the three most important flavors of this classic beverage–coffee, whiskey, and Bailey’s–together in the form of a dessert. We’re talking about rich, coffee-infused chocolate cupcakes filled with whisky ganache, and topped with an Irish cream frosting. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Wrapped up in a tiny package, these cupcakes pack a punch. The name of this dessert might sound complex and fancy, but the truth of the matter is that these cupcakes couldn’t be easier to whip up. The chocolate cake is perfectly moist and embarrassingly simple. If you can turn on a mixer, then you can make these cupcakes. Now, I find that many people hesitate when it comes to cooking or baking with alcohol. The most common misconception is that you’ll get drunk if you eat anything that has alcohol in it. That simply isn’t the case. In fact, when you cook or bake with any type of liqueur, the alcohol tends to burn off in the process, and all you’re left with is wonderful flavor. That should take care of all of the skeptics, right? Another tip, if you’re worried that you can’t make these cupcakes because of the need for a pastry bag and decorating tips, is to use a gallon-sized food storage bag. Simply fill the bag and snip off one of the corners. That should take care of all of the daunting qualities of this recipe and will allow you to use this recipe as the perfect introduction into the boozy food world.

I have to warn you though, because once you try one, you’ll find any excuse to make these. Certain tasks that do not even merit a batch of cupcakes will get you in the kitchen baking, filling and frosting. Whatever the event might be, you will come to the conclusion that these will do just fine. Enjoy!


 Jonathan Melendez is a contributor at The Boys Club and blogger at The Candid Appetite.

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Jonathan Melendez
is our baker, and boy oh boy are his desserts delicious! Jonathan is the blogger at Candid Appetite.  Follow Jonathan on twitter @candidappetite.

11 Responses to Edibles: Irish Coffee Cupcakes

  1. My husband is from Ireland, and we love our Irish coffee in this house. Those Irish Coffee Cupcakes do look addictive.

  2. Sarah says:

    Gentlemen, as always your photography is exquisite. And a cupcake recipe to boot.

  3. Oh my goodness, I’m in love. These look fantastic!

  4. Krista says:

    I made these for my Dad’s birthday, and they rocked! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • Deb says:

      Krista, Did you measure the flour, sugar, & cocoa by WEIGHT or by volume. The flour and sugar amounts seem off to me, so I’m not clear about whether to use a cup or scale to measure. Thanks.

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