Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes


Let’s combine three different types of liquor and make a drink. Now let’s make that a cupcake. Whoever thought of that was an Irish genius. This is probably the best way to start off your St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans (both the cupcake and the drink). From the Guinness infused chocolate cake, and Jameson Whiskey ganache filling, to the creamy Bailey’s frosting, these tasty little suckers are sure to be a hit. Don’t forget… Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy!



  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 2 sticks butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs

  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

Whiskey Ganache

  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 4 tsp Irish Whiskey (I used Jameson)

Baileys Buttercream Frosting

  • 1½ stick butter, softened
  • 4½ cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur (or until desired consistency)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a pot or large saucepan, simmer the beer and butter on medium until butter is completely melted.
  3. Add cocoa powder and chocolate chips and stir until your mixture smooth. Take off heat and set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, stir eggs and yogurt together until smooth. Slowly add chocolate mixture.
  5. Add dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. (Check to make sure they’re ready by inserting a toothpick and it comes out clean). Remove from oven and allow to cool on racks.
  7. In a large sauce pan, melt chocolate chips, cream, and butter on medium-low. Stir until smooth. Add your whiskey, stir, then remove from heat and set aside to let mixture cool/thicken.
  8. While your ganache is cooling, scoop a hole into the center of each cupcake with a cupcake corer, apple corer, or spoon.
  9. Fill holes to the brim with thickened ganache.
  10. In another large bowl, cream together butter, Baileys, and powdered sugar. Spoon frosting into a pastry bag and pipe it generously on top of each filled cupcake.

(via ifyougiveablondeakitchen)


Visit Cupcakes Take the Cake to watch a detailed 12-minute video about how to make very bright rainbow cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day, by blogger Jennifer Johns of Cupcakes, Cookies and Cardio(what a great name!). She also has her own business, JJ’s Custom Cakery, so if you don’t want to make them, you can order your own in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada by contacting jenn at or 778-517-1415. You can see more photos on Facebook. (They also showed us how to make the popular Valentine’s Day heart cutout cupcakes in a video