Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Booze Cupcakes are the Way to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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I'm not much of a holiday lady. I don't decorate for Christmas or Halloween, I don't watch the fireworks on July 4 and I am wearing exactly zero green things today*. And while I do love it when drinking is encouraged, there's no way I'm cramming myself into a bar tonight. That sounds crowded and terrible, and green beer isn't much of a consolation prize.

But you know what does sound like a good time? Boozy cupcakes. Mother Nature Network—a website I have never visited before, but whose food section is winning me over with vegetarian breakfast lists and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt companion cocktails—presents a recipe for Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting:
Ingredients
For cupcakes
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch table salt
6 ounces stout beer
1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream

For the icing
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
3-4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt until combined.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the stout, melted butter and vanilla together.
Beat the eggs into the stout mixture, one at a time. Then mix in the sour cream.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time until it’s all mixed together thoroughly.
Lightly grease 12 muffin tins (or use non-stick spray or cupcake liners). Pour the batter evenly into the tins.
Bake from 18-24 minutes, checking at 18 minutes and continuing to bake until they are set in the middle.
Allow to cool.
While cooling, make the icing.
Combine the softened cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer (hand or stand mixers will both work). Add the confectioners sugar and mix. Slowly add the Baileys and mix until icing is the desired consistency.
When the cupcakes are cool, frost with icing.
Grab an apron, cancel your bar plans, and get drunk at home where the booze is free and the cupcakes aren't for children.


*Pinch at your own risk. I'm a kicker.

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