DIY: Irish Carbomb Cupcakes

Carbomb CupcakesI’m so psyched to introduce this next guest blogger. She’s one of my favorite people and a great baker!

Stacey LeBlanc is no stranger to the All’s Fare community. Her and her hubby Jake have been along with us on a few of our outings around Boston – The Barking Crab and Sake.

Stacey has been wanting to get into the blogging world so when she told me she would be baking these Irish Carbomb Cupcakes for her company’s St. Paddy’s Day potluck, I knew this would be the perfect debut for her. I hope you enjoy this excellent and tasty-looking post (and I also hope it isn’t the last time we hear from Stacey’s kitchen adventures)!

Take it away, Stacey!

To the faithful All’s Fare finest, thank you for welcoming me to your foodie world for the day! I was honored when Christina asked me to guest blog here and couldn’t wait to find the perfect topic to share with you all.  I knew it had to be something a) delicious b) fun and c) visually appealing.  As St. Patrick’s Day approached I knew I had the perfect idea – Irish Carbomb Cupcakes! Yummmm….

Last year, I thought these little beauties were my own unique brain-child. I thought I was the one who came up with the idea to model a cupcake after one of the holiday’s punchiest cocktails. For those of you who haven’t experienced this beverage-based treat (if you’re not one for chugging, the beverage may not be a treat to you ), an Irish Carbomb shot is a nice, frosty glass of Guinness, with a shot glass filled with Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson Whiskey dropped in. You have to gulp it all down as fast as you can, otherwise the mixture curdles and is no longer anything CLOSE to a treat.  To me, it tastes like a coffee frappe. DELISH!

Guinness and Jameson for Carbomb CupcakesSo, in 2010 I went ahead and put together a nice Guinness Spice Cake, made vanilla buttercream and stirred in some Bailey’s and Jameson for good measure. The end result was good, but not GREAT so I Googled “my” idea and found that a lot of bakers out there had the same thought, but on a much better, tastier level than my own.

Enter one of my favorites, the one and only Smitten Kitchen. That smartie pants made a CHOCOLATE Guinness Cake, ANNNND filled them with Jameson-infused chocolate ganache before topping with a light and sweet Bailey’s buttercream.  A severe chocoholic at heart, I knew this was the recipe I had to follow for 2011.

The result was outstanding – my coworkers inhaled them all and the few leftovers at home did not last long!

These cuppies are a blast to put together and much easier to enjoy than the drink it’s modeled after. Even though St. Paddy’s has passed this year, this is a cupcake perfect for any celebration. Below is my version of Smitten’s recipe. Happy baking!

Irish Carbomb Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

For the Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup Guinness – I poured mine early to let it settle
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter – room temperature
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (I used reduced fat, I personally can’t tell the difference, up to you!)

Carbomb Cupcake ingredientsJameson-infused Chocolate Ganache Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips – I mixed what I had leftover; dark, bitter and semi-sweet
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • A little less than 1 nip of Jameson Irish Whiskey

Bailey’s Buttercream

(This makes enough for 12 cupcakes, double for all 24!
)

  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 nip of Bailey’s Irish Cream

Irish Carbomb Cupcake frostingMake the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F and prep cupcake pan (or pans, if you have two) with liners. Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in heavy, large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend until light and creamy. Pour in Guinness/chocolate mixture to egg/sour cream bowl and beat to combine. Add flour mixture and beat for about 1 minute on slow speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined (be gentle, but make sure you really mix everything up, and don’t forget the bottom of your bowl!) Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 of the way.  I like to use an ice cream scoop, it ensures that all the cuppies come out the same size.  Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely.Cupcakes cooling

Make the ganache: Pour chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for 1 minute and then stir until smooth. (If the chocolate has not melted enough to stir smooth, you can pop it in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds.) Add in the butter and whiskey, stir until combined.

Fill the cupcakes: Let the ganache cool until it thickens up a bit. I put mine in the fridge for about 30 to 40 minutes, and stirred about once every 10 minutes per Smitten’s suggestion. Meanwhile, use a cupcake corer (thank you to my awesome neighbor Kate for letting me borrow hers!), apple corer, a wide piping tip or a 1-inch round cookie cutter to cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes. Make sure you really get in there, so each cupcake has a good amount of ganache filling! A little spoon or butter knife can help you get the center out. The centers ended up holding over my hubby ‘til the cupcakes were ready for him to “test.” 🙂  Give the ganache a good stir and fill up your cups! I used a spoon and dropped the ganache into the core. If it’s too thick, you can fill a piping bag and neatly fill the cores that way, whatever’s easiest.

Coring the Carbomb Cupcakes

Hipstamatic made the cored cuppies look pretty Hipstah!

Make the frosting: Whip the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, for several minutes. You want to get it very light and fluffy. Read:  Turn on your mixer and come back 10 minutes later. Use the whisk attachment so lots and lots of air gets whipped in there. Once the butter is whipped, slowly add your powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.

When the frosting looks thick enough to spread, dump in the Bailey’s and an extra splash of Jameson for good measure, and whip it until combined. Add more sugar or more liquid to thicken or thin out the buttercream.

You’re done! Pipe or swipe the buttercream frosting on top of your cupcakes and you’ve got a celebration in front of you. Party time!

Final Carbomb Cupcake!Wanna print the recipe? Download a PDF version of Stacey’s Irish Carbomb Cupcakes recipe now!

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