I took a shortcut with these cupcakes and they came out really good. I don’t like beer so I opted to just make a plain chocolate cake with a whiskey ganache and a Bailey’s frosting. These will satisfy any little leprechaun!
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
1/3 c sour cream
1 cup water
Prepare cake batter as directed, but add sour cream. This gives you a really moist cake. Pour the cake batter in large or mini muffin tins. I sprayed my muffin tins with non-stick spray and then put the cupcakes in pretty cupcake wrappers after they cooled. Bake regular size cupcakes for 20-24 minutes in 325F oven. Mini cupcakes take about 15-16 minutes. Let the cupcake cool and then work on the ganache.
For the Whiskey Ganache:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons Irish whiskey
Finely chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then, using a rubber spatula, stir it from the center outward until smooth. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Taste as you add whiskey a little at a time to make sure you don’t overdo it. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped or spooned into large hollowed cupcakes. For the mini cupcakes I dipped them into the ganache and left the cupcakes whole.
Let the ganache set and then make your frosting.
For the Baileys Frosting:
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until all of it is incorporated. Add the Baileys, increase the speed to medium-high and whip for another 2 to 3 minutes, until it is light and fluffy.
Using your favorite decorating tip, or an offset spatula, frost the cupcakes and decorate with green sprinkles. Store the cupcakes in an airtight container.