Monday, February 22, 2010

Blizzard Baking - Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

During the 2nd blizzard I wanted to make something "fancier" and made Smitten Kitchen's Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes, which I like to call Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. They are SUPER moist and delicious. A little more of a pain to make since there's the cake, filling and frosting, but it's sooooo worth it. I even got a "I'll pay you to make these again." This is a great recipe even if you just use it for the cake part.

I forgot to put the Bailey's in the picture. You'll need a little bit for the icing. (Recipe is in Italics, my notes are in regular font)

For the Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes:
1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.

Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend.

Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine.

Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined.

Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way. Bake for about 17 minutes. Why am I so messy with pouring? Disregard the sloppiness, haha.

Ganache Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 to 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey (optional)

Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. Add the butter and whiskey (if you’re using it) and stir until combined. The bf accidentally bought 'whipping cream' not 'heavy cream' but seemed fine. After the cream was heated, we just dumped in the chocolate chips, which happened to be semi-sweet not bittersweet since the store was out. I also only put 1/2 teaspoon of whiskey because I didn't want it to be overpowering.

Came out perfectly after 17 minutes!

The recipe suggested using an apple corer or a 1 inch cookie cutter. We had neither of those, so we used a teaspoon to scoop some of the cake out. Let the filling cool a bit before piping it. Put the ganache into a ziplock bag, cut of a corner, and piped it into the middle.

Baileys Frosting:
3 to 4 cups confections sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 to 4 tablespoons Baileys (or milk, or heavy cream, or a combination thereof)

Whip the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, for several minutes. You want to get it very light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.

Voila! I think I had put too much powdered sugar into the frosting so it was too hard to spread, so we just put a dollop of it on the middle to cover the filling.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OK, I'll bite. How do you get the name "Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes" for those?