When my husband was 23 he announced to his parents that he was moving to Ireland for an internship with the government. They tried everything possible to talk him out of it, but he was stubborn enough to resist and moved anyway. Since then he has had an affinity for all things Irish. One year I took him on a trip to Dublin to celebrate his birthday. Since flying to Dublin for a weekend isn’t as easy as it once was, this year for his birthday I made these cupcakes. It was a pretty fair trade.
These are probably not the most family-friendly recipe, but without a doubt they would be the hit of any grown-up party. The combination sounds a little like a gimmick at first, but the result is a really, really delicious cupcake. (If you’ve ever had an Irish car bomb – Guinness beer with a shot of Bailey’s in it – then you already know it’s a good combination.) While you can definitely taste the beer flavor in the cupcake itself, it’s not overwhelming at all. The frosting is the star of this show though – creamy and sweet like frosting should be, with most of its flavor coming from the Bailey’s. You can go heavy or light handed when adding the liquor though, so it’s easy to control how strong you want that flavor to be. These were devoured by everyone in seconds, followed by lots of wows and requests for more. I’m pretty sure these cupcakes are now a birthday tradition in our house.
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