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Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

is there anything happier than st. patrick's day in chicago?!  i'm pumped for this weekend and in anticipation thereof, i made my famous irish car bomb cupcakes.  i made them last year, and everyone loved them and also got tipsy off them so i think they're a win.  you can go the difficult route, which i laid out for you.  it will leave you with more authentic slightly better tasting cupcakes, like the ones i made last year.  and then i also, in bold, laid out the easy, cheater route, which is what i did this year.  trust me folks, if you're pressed for time and no one is an expert cupcake judger, go the easy route.  no one will know.

the cakes
simmer 1 cup guinness with 1 cup butter and whisk in 3/4 cup cocoa powder until smooth.  allow to cool slightly.  in a bowl, beat 2 eggs and 2/3 cup sour cream until combined.  add guinness mixture and combine.  in another bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 1.5 teaspoons baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.  add to egg mixture slowly and combine completely.  put batter in cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees about 15 minutes.

easy cheater route - mix chocolate boxed cake mix (just the dry mix!) with 1.5 cups guinness.  fill tins and bake as directed.  you're welcome.  because don't even act like you aren't thrilled i tested that one for you.

the filling
simmer 2/3 cup heavy cream and pour over a bowl of 8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate.  allow to sit for 1 minute and then stir until smooth.  let rest for 2 minutes.  stir in 2 room temperature tablespoons butter and 2+ teaspoons jameson.  allow to cool until think enough to be inserted into the cupcakes without melting out.  cut out the center of the cupcakes and fill with your whiskey creation.

easy cheater route - 12 ounces (1 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 3 tablespoons jameson.  microwave chocolate and cream 1 minute at at time, stirring in between, until melted.  add jameson.  less ingredients, less measuring, more alcohol.  you're welcome.  (in case you're wondering, butter makes ganache glossy and pretty.  in the middle of a cupcake, who cares.) 

the frosting
beat 1 stick room temperature unsalted butter until fluffy.  slowly add in 3 cups powdered sugar.  then add in 6 tablespoons bailey's and beat until fluffy.  no easier route than that!

frost when cupcakes are completely cool, sprinkle in green, and enjoy!  happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. omfg, this looks so freaking delicious! I love you. So much. Omg. Nom. Nom. Nom.


  2. Well I knnow what I'll be making this weekend! :)

  3. Wow!! If I had the patience to wait more than 4 minutes for a lean cuisine to cook I would so make these! Yummy!

  4. This really makes me wish I was going to be in a kitchen this St. Patty's Day so I can make these! Maybe I'll make them next weekend just for fun!

  5. This is why we love each other, I made Irish car bomb whoopie pies. Look delish.

  6. These look and sound amazing!! I've never done St. Patty's Day in Chicago, but its on my list! Have fun this weekend (and try not to break any bones!)


  7. i'm making these. it's official.
    also - i should probably buy double the booze so i can do ACTUAL car bombs whilst making them.
    also - do these go well with corned beef and cabbage?

  8. WOW, They look AMAZING! I am so impressed at your mad skillz! Happy St. Pattys!

  9. oh gosh I love car bombs, and cake, and st. patty's! these look so good, but even the easy route is beyond my skills...I am so impressed you have made cake that didn't come out of a box!!

  10. You continue to amaze me! These look so amazing!!! I must make these asap!

  11. You are a lifesaver; seriously, how can I NOT make the cheat version of these?! Plus I've been looking for recipes that call for green sprinkles ever since I overestimated on my Christmas cookies (which hardly used any, poop). This is perfect. Not to mention all the booze.

  12. O dear lord, these look deadly..but oh so yummy!

  13. I am seriously contemplating driving to Chicago to snag me one of these bitches!!

  14. I need these in my life. Have a blast this weekend!

  15. Oh my gosh. These look amazing!!! You have some mad frosting skills too :)

  16. Oh My I NEEED THESE! amazing pictures by the way!

  17. gotta try this one! looks so yummy

  18. Making these today for a party. Does it matter if the Guiness is cold when I mix it in? Also, I use just the cake mix and ignore the box recipe that calls for eggs?

    1. Nope, beer can be cold or warm, doesn't matter.
      Yes, just the cake mix. Nothing else it calls for


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