This Irish Car Bomb Cupcake recipe from scratch takes a popular St. Patrick’s Day drink and turn it into an amazing dessert. Rich chocolate cupcake made with Guinness stout is filled with gooey, dark chocolate ganache, and topped with Irish cream cheese frosting. Nothing will impress your guests more this holiday!
Hello, all! It’s Chelsey from Budget Girl again with another boozy dessert!
A few years ago when Zach and I were still just dating, we attended our one and only St. Patrick’s Day party. At the time, neither of us knew anything about baking. For some reason, though, we got it in our heads that we should make a cupcake recipe. From scratch. And then bring it to the party.
Looking back, it was insane. These cupcakes were way beyond our skills. They turned out OK, though. Not great, but not bad.
It’s been six years or so since then and I have managed to not only master, but perfect this cupcake recipe.
Here’s something I tend to do–instead of reading the directions, I just start mixing the ingredients together. It’s any wonder my food is ever edible at all. With this recipe, it is incredibly important to follow every step exactly for the cake. (With the ganache and frosting, there’s more room for experimentation.)
With the cake, stout (Guinness) makes up most of the recipe’s liquid…and now I want to bake everything with beer. It’s a lot of fun. 😛 It makes them very moist (the ganache) adds to that.
For the frosting, I had some trouble getting the recipe just right. At first, I just whipped up your everyday butter cream frosting, but added Irish cream to the mix. It came out too thick and was really sweet. I have a huge sugar tooth, so when I find something too sweet, there is definitely something wrong. So I added 8 ounces of cream cheese and wow. New favorite frosting.
The frosting and ganache can both be stored in the fridge overnight if needed. However, they will need to be left out to sit for at least an hour to soften before using.
The cupcakes are moist and delicious and you’re probably going to eat five before you even realize what you’ve done. But making a cupcake recipe from scratch is so worth it. 😛
On to the recipe!