Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is going to get merrier with the addition of these Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting to kick things up a notch.


Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

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When I posted this recipe in preparation for Easter a couple of weeks ago, I totally overlooked St. Patrick's Day. This has to be remedied ASAP! These tasty little cupcakes with a boozy kick are going to be welcomed at any dessert table celebrating the Irish holiday. They will get you dancing a jig and put a spring in your steps!


Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting



As a person of no Irish descent, I am glad that we are all honorary Irishmen and women on St. Patrick's Day. The only thing that is Irish about me is the Irish cream laden frosting on the cupcake I will be eating. And what's underneath the liquored topping is pretty good too. The cupcake layer is full of chocolate mocha goodness, thanks to cocoa powder and steeped coffee.
                                                                                          
Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting


Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting



If you don't want whipped cream frosting, simply substitute it with your favorite. Just add a little bit of Irish cream and you're in business. Whipped cream based frosting happens to be my favorite, because it is light and typically not as sweet as its buttercream counterpart. As an added bonus, it takes no time to make. Some buttercream requires you to beat for what seems like eternity, whereas whipped cream takes two minutes. Who wants to watch dairy and sugar thicken when there is fun and merriment to be had? Not I!

Have a great St. Patrick's Day! Have fun!!


Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting



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Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting:

2 tbsp. instant coffee
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/8 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. white vinegar

Irish Cream Frosting:
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 tbsp. Baileys Irish Cream (or your favorite brand)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place cupcake liners in the 16 cavities of a cupcake pan.

Blend water and instant coffee until coffee dissolves. Allow to cool slightly. 

Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat sugar, oil, and egg until smooth. Slowly beat in coffee at low speed as it will get watery. Add vanilla and vinegar. Blend well. At low speed, add flour mixture. Beat until well blended. Batter will be watery. Pour and fill the paper cup lined cavities of the cupcake pan 3/4 full. Bake immediately for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs attached. Allow to cool for a few minutes in pan. Remove and cool completely on cooling racks.

To make frosting: Beat whipped cream until it slightly thickens. Steadily beat in all of the powdered sugar. Add Irish cream. Beat until whipped cream is at firm peak stage. Frost cooled cupcakes.  

Makes about 16 cupcakes.





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29 comments:

  1. Wow! Your cupcakes look amazing and I bet taste good too. I co-host a blog party on Monday's called Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up at Julie's Lifestyle. I would love to have you come and share this with us.
    Thanks.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Thank you also for the invite...I'll be glad to share it at your link party!

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  2. These would definitely be my family's choice for a St. Patrick's Day dessert! Pinning!!!

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  3. Lol, I totally overlooked St Patty's day.. but I did it on purpose. I figured I'd let everyone else come up with super clever boozy Irish recipes and I would just drool while I sipped some Irish Cream. :) Trust and believe I am drooling right now over these cupcakes, Thao! Irish cream frosting??!!! Okay, I could eat JUST that! But those mocha cupcakes sound fabulous! These are perfect for St Pattys.. or every other 364 days of the year - because yes to that frosting! Cheers, girlfriend! xo

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    1. Well, I might have saved myself on St. Patty's but missed the boat again on Pie Day...and not on purpose. How's a girl supposed to keep up with all these special occasions? ;) The cupcake is yummy, but the frosting is definitely the star. It's pretty easy to end up with a bunch of bald cupcakes because it's hard to resist eating all of the frosting first. Have a great St. Patty's Day, Chey!!

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  4. Chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream frosting are my favorite! Adding Irish cream liqueur to the frosting makes it 50 million times yummier ;) I'll make these for St Patty's Day but they are also perfect for any time of the year and every weekend :)

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    1. I like your dessert choice for St. Patty's Day. ;) That Irish cream is good stuff! I'm sure whatever else you'll be serving will be amazing too! Have fun celebrating, Karrie!!

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  5. I absolutely love their shape!! Supper dupper yummy for my little tummy :)

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  6. These mocha cupcakes look gorgeously delicious, Thao. Absolutely loving the idea of Irish cream liqueur to the frosting. YUM!

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    1. Thanks, Anu. I think I want to put the frosting on everything!! :)

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  7. Great St Patrick's Day idea! Inspired me to create a St Patrick's Day board!

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  8. Oooh, these look awesome! Now I'm hungry. And I think a little green food coloring in the frosting would make them perfect for St. Paddy's Day. :)

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    1. Green would be perfect, Annmarie! Happy St. Patricks's day!!

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  9. These cupcakes look so soft, fluffy and delicious! Love the flavors, they're perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. You can't go wrong with sweet and boozy on St. Patrick's Day!

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  10. Thanks for joining us and sharing your awesome cupcake recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!
    We hope to see you again!
    Julie

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  11. I'm right with you, I don't have a drop of Irish in me - but I can certainly appreciate all the perks that go along with the holiday. These cupcakes look delicious - I absolutely adore boozy sweets! Gorgeous cupcakes!

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    1. It is fun to be Irish for one day! Have a great St. Patricks's Day, Amanda!

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  12. Oh my goodness this looks divine! Definitely pinning, happy St Patricks Day! xo

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  13. Holy deliciousness! YUMMMMMMMY!

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jess. And thank you for the invite...I'll be happy to stop by!

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  14. Your Cupcakes look delicious! Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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  15. The mocha flavor is distinct without being overpowering. Excellent!

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