Chocolate Whiskey Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

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This one's for the adults... Irish whiskey with classic flavor pairings of chocolate and coffee, in boozy cupcake form!

recipe updated Mar 26, 2020


  • Egg icon
    1 (50g)
  • Hot coffee icon
    Hot coffee
    60g (about 4 tbsp)
  • Irish whiskey icon
    Irish whiskey
    63ml (4¼ tbsp)
  • Buttermilk icon
    120ml (½ cup)
  • Sunflower oil icon
    Sunflower oil
    58ml (4 tbsp)
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    130g (about 1 cup)
  • Cocoa powder icon
    Cocoa powder
    30g (about 5½ tbsp)
  • Baking soda icon
    Baking soda
    1⅛ tsp
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
    ½ tsp
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    190g (about 1 cup)
  • Salt icon
    1 pinch
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    140g (about ½ cup)
  • Powdered sugar icon
    Powdered sugar
    400g (about 3¼ cups)
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
    1⅛ tsp
  • Irish cream liqueur icon
    Irish cream liqueur
    2 tbsp (30ml)


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  • kCook icon Muffin pan - 12-hole
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  1. Pre-heat oven - 175°C
  2. Line a clean muffin pan
  3. Add egg, hot coffee, irish whiskey, buttermilk and sunflower oil to a clean large mixing bowl
  4. Mix then set aside
  5. Add all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, granulated sugar and salt to a clean medium bowl
  6. Whisk briefly until blended
  7. Transfer dry ingredients to batter
  8. Mix until combined
  9. Transfer batter to muffin pan
  10. Bake until skewer tests clean - 15 min
  11. Let cool completely
  12. Add unsalted butter to a clean stand mixer bowl
  13. Cream until light and fluffy
  14. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and irish cream liqueur to the stand mixer bowl
  15. Mix until creamy
  16. Frost generously
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