Car Bomb cupcakes

Irish, car bomb, cupcakes, cake, whisky, ganache, chocolate, beer, stout, guinness, baileys, cream, frosting, filled, st patties, saint Patrick's day, paddies, greenI know these aren't original by any means. But damnit, they are delicious. And I used them along with my beer cheese soup recipe for the spring edition of the South Wedge Quarterly. My editor initially didn't want to call them Car Bomb cupcakes, but as it turned out, another contributing writer was doing a piece on how these controversial drinks got their names, and why you might get dirty looks if you order one in a bar.

Apparently, it's not because they're offended by the name. They just hate making them.

Irish, car bomb, cupcakes, cake, whisky, ganache, chocolate, beer, stout, guinness, baileys, cream, frosting, filled, st patties, saint Patrick's day, paddies, greenThese boozy cupcakes are fun to make, though they do take a little more effort.  And because effort is not something I like to exert (I've been going to the gym lately, isn't that enough?) here's my article for the SWQ, word for word. You're welcome.

To a person like me, (someone with incredibly gifted tastes, as I like to say. Or as my boyfriend calls me, a giant weenie) drinking an Irish Car Bomb is a torturous experience. Not only do I have to drink the darkest, most bitter beer ever, but I have to drop a shot glass full of Baileys and Whiskey into it, and drink the whole glass in under five seconds. It’s that, or drink chunky, curdled Baileys.

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I’ll pass, thanks. But when you throw the alcohol into a Kitchenaid with some sugar and chocolate you get delectable cupcakes. Guinness chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate whisky ganache filling, topped with baileys buttercream, to be exact. And the best part? You can eat it as fast or as slow as you like, there’s no pressure. And no curdling.

For the cupcakes:

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  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream

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Preheat the oven to 350 and line 24 cupcake cups with festive liners. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the Guinness and butter to a simmer. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth, then remove from heat.

Meanwhile, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Then, using your mixer, beat the eggs and sour cream on medium-speed until combined. Add the chocolate-beer mixture and mix, then reduce speed to low and slowly add in the flour mixture. Divide the batter into the cupcake liners, and bake for 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

For the whisky ganache:

  • 8 oz chocolate (I used semisweet chocolate chips)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, slightly melted
  • 2 tsp Irish whisky *

*At this point in the baking process you’ve probably already imbibed quite a bit of alcohol, so you may think that adding twice, or even three times as much whisky to the ganache is a good idea. But I can assure you that you would be correct. Do it up.

Chop the chocolate if it’s in bar form and put it in a medium bowl. Then, slowly heat the cream on the stove until simmering, and pour it over the chocolate, stirring until creamy. Add the butter and whisky and stir stir stir, then let it sit in the fridge for about half an hour, stirring every ten minutes or so.

Now you want to fill the cupcakes. If you’ve never done it before, there are several methods. I prefer to use a small biscuit cutter to remove a portion from the center of the cupcakes, which goes straight into my mouth. Transfer the cooled ganache into a piping bag with a wide tip (or just use a spoon) and gently fill the holes up to the top.

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For the Bailey’s buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbs Bailey’s Irish cream
  • Optional: 1 tbs of milk to help reach the desired frosting consistency

Using the mixer, whip the butter for a few minutes and then gradually add the powdered sugar. Add the Bailey’s (and milk, if needed) and mix until it’s light and fluffy. Using an offset spatula or a piping bag with a star tip, frost the cupcakes.

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Bonus! I drank my very first car bomb.

After several minutes of stalling, I finally worked up the courage to drink one of these horrific things. There is a video of me whimpering and turning bright red in anticipation of doing something I knew I would hate, and right after I drop the shot glass you can hear me say, “Ungh, I don’t like it!” before I drank it. Well, most of it. It curdled before I could reach the bottom of the glass, and since I’m not a fan of chunky beverages, I didn't finish it.

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