Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate & Caramel Filling
Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes are filled with a chocolate caramel ganache surprise. Taken up one more notch with a rich buttercream spiked with a dose of Bailey’s Irish Cream on top. The perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat.
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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 Bailey’s Irish Cream to the mix and now we’ve got a party!
Why the need for a party? Well, I’ve grown a whole year older! Today is my birthday and I baked myself cupcakes!
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 Baileys Irish Cream 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.
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I worked on cupcakes while I watched the free Glamour Photography workshop with Sue Bryce on Creative Live. It 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 ice cream topping.
I got those adorable green cake plates at Costco. 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!
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 Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes 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-in-law’s. You can print your own FREE party Printables for Birthdays or Easter at Living Locurto!
More St. Patrick’s Day Treats:
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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
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Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate & Caramel
For the Cupcake
- 1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 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 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3-1/2 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
- 1/4-1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- caramel syrup
InstructionsFor the Bailey's Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350°
- 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.
- Pour batter into paper lined cupcake pans. Bake for 20 min.
- Cool completely.
- Place chopped chocolate in medium bowl and set aside.
- Using a medium sauce pan, heat whipping cream and caramels over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the caramels have melted completely.
- Pour caramel cream over chocolate and stir until melted.
- In large mixing bowl, cream shortening and vanilla for 2-4 minutes.
- Add in powder sugar, one cup at a time
- 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.
- Using a sharp knife, cut out a cone shaped section of the cupcake and set it aside setting next to each cupcake.
- Fill Cupcake holes with ganache, and place cake back over hole.
- Top cupcakes with buttercream.
- Garnish with remaining ganache and caramel syrup.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 461Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 3g
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Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day! Love the cupcakes, they turned out fabulous:-)
Happy Birthday!! The cupcakes look amazing! Who doesn’t want a cupcake with a tiny flag on top?? 🙂
Happy Birthday Cheryl!! Your cupcakes look downright perfect! Have a wonderful day 🙂
Those cupcakes look delicious! Happy 47th birthday! 😉
Happy Birthday to YOU! I hope you have a great day! Love the cuppy cakes!
Happy Birthday! I just used Bailey’s to make Brownies! Good stuff! Enjoy your cupcakes!
Yum, I for one thing bailely’s makes everything better! Happy birthday.
Happy Birthday to you!! Love these cupcakes… they are GORGEOUS!!~
Happy Birthday!! Thanks for sharing something sweet with us for YOUR birthday. 🙂
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! 🙂
This is a great way to celebrate! Happy birthday dear!
Happy birthday! And thank you for sharing the recipe! Love it, how I can print it straight from your blog!
Happy Birthday! I’m a huge Bailey’s fan – love these cupcakes!
Baileys and caramel are two of my fave things! These are great!
Happy Birthday Karen! I’m baking these cupcakes in your honor today. Have a great one!
These are so pretty!
Happy Birthday! The cupcakes look awesome. Many thanks for sharing! Enjoy your Special day! 🙂
Happy Birthday Cheryl!!! Such gorgeous and fun cupcakes for a sweet and talented lady! Hope today is your best bday yet 🙂
These look amazing Cheryl!! Have a wonderfully sweet birthday!!
I cannot wait to try these! Wish I could have one with you to celebrate.
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:)
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!!
Happy Birthday!!!!! Your cupcakes look amazing. I’m pinning for another day.
These look so delish, can’t wait to try them!!! And love the free printables from Amy! 🙂
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. 🙂
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!
LOVE the cupcakes & the printables!
Happy birthday, Cheryl! These are perfect cupcakes for celebrating!
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.
Are you KIDDING me?!
Happy Birthday Cheryl! I wish I could be there to share one of these beautiful cupcakes with you!
This treat combines some of my MOST favorite flavors!
Happy birthday! The cupcakes look so good. I love Bailey’s and chocolate together.
Happy birthday!!! I have cake stand envy 🙂
Happy Birthday Cheryl! The cupcakes look amazing! A delicious way to celebrate!
Chocolate definitely makes me happier…especially dark chocolate. The darker the happier I am!
Absolutely beautiful and Happy Birthday!!!
This makes me more than just a little bit happy… in fact, this has me flat out giddy!
Hope your birthday was happy! Love these cupcakes!
omg fabulous! Happy B’day! We are one day apart
Happy Birthday, Cheryl! These cupcakes look amazing! I hope you had a wonderful day!
Happy Birthday Cheryl, hope you enjoyed many of these….they look delicious!
Happy, Happy Birthday, sweet Cheryl! You are killing me with these cupcakes – they look and sound too good to resist.
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.
What I wouldn’t give for one of those right now. Yum! Hope you had a great birthday!!
Happy Birthday to you, Cheryl! Enjoy every moment of it!
oh yum, how good to these look!! Happy Birthday!
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!
Happy Belated Birthday! These look amazing.
Happy Birthday Cheryl! I imagine these cupcakes go down easy – lol… They look delicious. Love your vintage looking cake plates too!