Cupcakes are always a delicious treat, and there are many ways of serving them. One way to make them extra special is to add some Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur to the icing. The addition of the liqueur will take a cupcake and suddenly transform them into a real 'grown-up' treat which makes a lovely treat for any occasion including the famous of all Irish celebrations, St. Patrick's Day. But don't save them for just one day, they are too good for that.
These cakes can be made in advance and frozen, saving the decoration until they are needed. This recipe comes courtesy of Baileys Irish Cream.
- 4 ounces/100 grams butter
- 3 1/2 ounces/100 milliliters milk
- 5 1/2 ounces/150 grams dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
- 3 large eggs
- 8 ounces/225 grams fine sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
- 8 ounces/225 grams self-raising flour
- 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
- For the Icing:
- 2 ounces/55 grams butter
- 8 ounces/225 grams icing sugar
- 3 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
- 3 1/2 ounces/100 grams) cream cheese
- Optional: chocolate sprinkles or Hundreds and Thousands
Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4
- In a saucepan, melt the butter with the milk and chocolate over a low heat and stirring constantly.
- Meanwhile, cream the eggs and sugars together with either an electric or hand whisk until thick, pale and creamy – this will take about 6-8 minutes. With the whisk still running add the chocolate mixture from the saucepan in a steady slow stream and whisk until thick, pale and creamy – this will take, again, about 6-8 minutes. With the whisk still running add the chocolate mixture in a steady slow stream, whisk until thick, pale and creamy – this will take about 6-8 minutes.
- Once mixed, sieve the flour and cocoa into the mix and fold in very gently.
- Spoon the mixture into 16 muffin cases placed into a deep muffin tin and bake for about 20 minutes or until the cupcakes are risen and springy to touch.
- Remove the cakes from the oven and leave to cool completely while making the icing.
- Put all the icing ingredients into a bowl and beat with a hand- held electric or ordinary whisk or if neither available, a wooden spoon until combined. Chill for 20 minutes.
- Spoon the icing over the cooled cakes and sprinkle with decorations of your choice or tie with coloured ribbons as seen in the picture.
- The cakes are best eaten within 24 hours while at their optimum, however, you can store them in an airtight tin. The basic cakes (before the icing) can also be frozen and defrosted and decorated when needed.
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|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||19 g|
|Saturated Fat||11 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||6 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3 g|