Bailey’s Chocolate & Caramel Irish Cream Cupcakes


Bailey's Chocolate  and Caramel Cupcakes

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Let’s admit it, chocolate makes you just a tiny bit happier right?  I mean, most people like chocolate right?  Add caramel, buttercream and a little Bailiey’s Irish Cream to the mix and now we’ve got a party !

Why the need for a party?  Well, I’ve a grown a whole year older!  Today is my birthday and I baked myself cupcakes!

Bailey's Irish Cream Cupcakes

Ok, to be honest, I share a birthday with a few family members on my husband’s side and I made cupcakes for all of us over the weekend.   I couldn’t decide what kind of cake I wanted, so I settled on cupcakes, since they travel well, and added a little Bailey’s for a St. Patrick’s Day twist. 

These cupcakes have an intense chocolate flavor with just a hint of Irish Cream and caramel and have a surprise chocolate caramel center.

I doctored up a batch of my favorite Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix using Bailey’s Irish cream and milk and butter in place of the water and oil.

I worked on cupcakes while I watched the free Glamour Photography workshop with Sue Bryce on Creative Live. Which was so good I purchased the course so I can watch it again and again!

Any who………after the cupcakes cooled, I used a sharp knife to cut out a cone shaped section out of the cupcake and set it aside,  then filled the cupcake with  chocolate caramel ganache and replace the cone shaped cake back on the cupcake.

Next, I topped each cupcake with the fabulous Bailey’s Buttercream using a 1 M icing tip

To garnish I placed the remaining ganache in a decorator bag and heated it for about 10 seconds in the microwave to soften, sniped the tip off the bag, and drizzled over buttercream.  Then drizzled with a little caramel icecream topping.

I got those adorable green cake plates at Costco, but they have them on Amazon too.  It’s been a few weeks, but Costco had them for $20 per box (one color, 2 sizes in each box), so I picked them up in green and white.

In case you were wondering…..I am 17,167 days old today!

Bailey's Chocolate and caramel Birthday Cupcakes

I wish I could share one with you!  Don’t have any Bailey’s?  Trust me, you are going to want to run out and get some! These would make a great St. Patrick’s Day treat!  you could replace the chocolate and caramel drizzle with green sprinkles!

Amy from Living Locurto was sweet enough to make some cute Happy Birthday cupcake flags that I printed, and put on all the cupcakes, before I took them to my sister inlaws.  You can print your own FREE party Printables for Birthdays or Easter at Living Locurto!


Bailey’s Chocolate & Caramel Irish Cream Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Bailey’s Chocolate & Caramel Irish Cream Cupcakes


  • For the Cupcake
  • 1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (butter not margarine)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • For Chocolate-Caramel Ganache
  • 10 ounces Bitterweet Chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3.5 ounces caramels (about 10-12 candies unwrapped)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • For Bailey's Buttercream
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/3-1/2 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1/4-1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • For Garnish
  • Caramel Syrup


    For the Bailey's Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, add cake mix, eggs, butter, Bailey's and milk and mix on low until combined. Then mix on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into paper lined cupcake pans. Bake for 20 min.
  4. Cool completely.
  5. For Chocolate Caramel Ganache:
  6. Place chopped chocolate in medium bowl and set aside.
  7. Using a medium sauce pan, heat whipping cream and caramels over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the caramels have melted completely.
  8. Pour caramel cream over chocolate and stir until melted.
  9. For Bailey's Buttercream
  10. In large mixing bowl, cream shortening and vanilla for 2-4 minutes.
  11. Add in powder sugar, one cup at a time
  12. Combine Bailey's with cream in measuring cup and slowing add to sugar mixture, using more cream for a creamy consistency, use less milk for a stiff consistency.
  13. To Assemble:
  14. Using a sharp knife, cut out a cone shaped section of the cupcake and set it aside setting next to each cupcake.
  15. Fill Cupcake holes with ganache, and place cake back over hole.
  16. Top cupcakes with buttercream.
  17. Garnish with remaining ganache and caramel syrup.



More St. Patrick’s Day Treats:

Shamrock Cake from i am baker

Grasshopper Cocktails from Dine and Dish

Green Velvet Cheesecake from Recipe Girl

Irish Car Bomb Brownies from A Spicy Perspective

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from TidyMom

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Mug Cupcakes from i am baker


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81 Responses to “Bailey’s Chocolate & Caramel Irish Cream Cupcakes”

  1. Amy @ Living Locurto posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:22 am (#

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day! Love the cupcakes, they turned out fabulous:-)

  2. Villy @ For the love of Feeding posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:40 am (#

    Happy Birthday!! The cupcakes look amazing! Who doesn’t want a cupcake with a tiny flag on top?? :)

  3. Jenny Flake posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:41 am (#

    Happy Birthday Cheryl!! Your cupcakes look downright perfect! Have a wonderful day :)

  4. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:42 am (#

    Those cupcakes look delicious! Happy 47th birthday! ;)

  5. Maria posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:22 am (#

    Happy Birthday to YOU! I hope you have a great day! Love the cuppy cakes!

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:26 am (#

    Happy Birthday! I just used Bailey’s to make Brownies! Good stuff! Enjoy your cupcakes!

  7. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:37 am (#

    Yum, I for one thing bailely’s makes everything better! Happy birthday.

  8. Amanda posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:38 am (#

    Happy Birthday to you!! Love these cupcakes… they are GORGEOUS!!~

  9. Windy posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:40 am (#

    Happy Birthday!! Thanks for sharing something sweet with us for YOUR birthday. :)

  10. bridget {bake at 350} posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:47 am (#

    TidyMom’s famous cupcakes!!! I love when you make cupcakes…they are always so pretty!!!

    Happy, happy, happy, HAPPY birthday, Cheryl!!! I hope your family spoils you today! I may just go out and eat a cupcake in your honor! :)

  11. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:04 am (#

    This is a great way to celebrate! Happy birthday dear!

  12. Elsina posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:11 am (#

    Happy birthday! And thank you for sharing the recipe! Love it, how I can print it straight from your blog!

  13. Deliciously Organic posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:36 am (#

    Happy Birthday! I’m a huge Bailey’s fan – love these cupcakes!

  14. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:37 am (#

    Baileys and caramel are two of my fave things! These are great!

  15. Auntiepatch posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:43 am (#

    Happy Birthday Karen! I’m baking these cupcakes in your honor today. Have a great one!

  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on March 6, 2012 at 11:03 am (#

    These are so pretty!

  17. kellie posted on March 6, 2012 at 11:21 am (#

    Happy Birthday! The cupcakes look awesome. Many thanks for sharing! Enjoy your Special day! :)

  18. Amanda posted on March 6, 2012 at 11:38 am (#

    Happy Birthday Cheryl!!! Such gorgeous and fun cupcakes for a sweet and talented lady! Hope today is your best bday yet :)

  19. Glory/ Glorious Treats posted on March 6, 2012 at 11:46 am (#

    These look amazing Cheryl!! Have a wonderfully sweet birthday!!

  20. Kristen posted on March 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm (#

    I cannot wait to try these! Wish I could have one with you to celebrate.

  21. Sue posted on March 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm (#

    Happy Birthday to you Cheryl! I’m glad you made yourself some amazing cupcakes for your birthday. Beautiful photos too:)
    It is so fitting that you share your birthday with the Oreo cookie:)

  22. Claudia Vest posted on March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm (#

    I’m getting absolutely NOTHING done since I discovered your website! I love it! It makes me want to be creatively productive, problem is, need to get away from your website and start DOING instead of just VIEWING! lol
    Thanks for all the inspiration you offer and the creative juices you stir up!!

  23. MichelleH posted on March 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm (#

    Happy Birthday!!!!! Your cupcakes look amazing. I’m pinning for another day.

  24. The Scrapbooking Housewife posted on March 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm (#

    These look so delish, can’t wait to try them!!! And love the free printables from Amy! :)

  25. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted on March 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm (#

    Happy Birthday! I hope that you are having a super-great day. I am thinking that these cupcakes would make any/every day a happy day. :)

  26. The Scrapbooking Housewife posted on March 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm (#

    Sorry, forgot to wish you a very Happy Birthday!! It’s my brother-in-law’s birthday today and my Dad would have been 78 today, hard to believe!

  27. marla posted on March 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm (#

    LOVE the cupcakes & the printables!

  28. Cassie posted on March 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm (#

    Happy birthday, Cheryl! These are perfect cupcakes for celebrating!

  29. Claire @ Claire K Creations posted on March 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm (#

    Happy 47th Birthday! I hope you are being very spoilt and having a wonderful day!

    It’s funny, some people would dread the thought of baking on their Birthday. I look forward to it and save up the best recipe I can find.

  30. Jessica @ How Sweet posted on March 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm (#

    Are you KIDDING me?!

  31. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on March 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm (#

    Happy Birthday Cheryl! I wish I could be there to share one of these beautiful cupcakes with you!

  32. Megan @ Megan's Munchies posted on March 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm (#

    Happy Birthday!!

    This treat combines some of my MOST favorite flavors!

  33. Shaina posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm (#

    Happy birthday! The cupcakes look so good. I love Bailey’s and chocolate together.

  34. Sweetsugarbelle posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm (#

    Happy birthday!!! I have cake stand envy :-)

  35. Roxana posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm (#

    Happy Birthday Cheryl! The cupcakes look amazing! A delicious way to celebrate!

  36. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm (#

    Chocolate definitely makes me happier…especially dark chocolate. The darker the happier I am!

  37. Cathy @ Noble Pig posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm (#

    Absolutely beautiful and Happy Birthday!!!

  38. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm (#

    This makes me more than just a little bit happy… in fact, this has me flat out giddy!

  39. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted on March 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm (#

    Hope your birthday was happy! Love these cupcakes!

  40. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on March 7, 2012 at 6:23 am (#

    omg fabulous! Happy B’day! We are one day apart

  41. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch posted on March 7, 2012 at 8:10 am (#

    Happy Birthday, Cheryl! These cupcakes look amazing! I hope you had a wonderful day!

  42. Diane {Created by Diane} posted on March 7, 2012 at 11:45 am (#

    Happy Birthday Cheryl, hope you enjoyed many of these….they look delicious!

  43. Cookin' Canuck posted on March 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm (#

    Happy, Happy Birthday, sweet Cheryl! You are killing me with these cupcakes – they look and sound too good to resist.

  44. Paula posted on March 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm (#

    Not only did you bake some gorgeous cupcakes but you took some fabulous pictures of them too! Hope the day was everything you hoped it would be Cheryl and all the best for a wonderful year.

  45. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on March 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm (#

    What I wouldn’t give for one of those right now. Yum! Hope you had a great birthday!!

  46. susan posted on March 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm (#

    Happy Birthday to you, Cheryl! Enjoy every moment of it!

  47. megan @ whatmegansmaking posted on March 8, 2012 at 7:43 am (#

    oh yum, how good to these look!! Happy Birthday!

  48. Lisa [With Style and Grace] posted on March 8, 2012 at 9:58 am (#

    I think I wished you happy birthday on every other social media outlet, except your blog – OOPS! Happy happy [now belated] Birthday miss Cheryl!! ps. these cupcakes look awesome!

  49. AmberLove posted on March 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm (#

    Happy Belated Birthday! These look amazing.

  50. Eileen posted on March 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm (#

    Happy Birthday Cheryl! I imagine these cupcakes go down easy – lol… They look delicious. Love your vintage looking cake plates too!


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