Happy St. Patty's Day!
I know what you're thinking; I can see it in your eyes. You're thinking (to yourself, of course...you'd never say it to my face) "this blog isn't even 6 months old and she's repeating recipes. REPEATING recipes. The nerve!" -- and you'd be right. But (and there's always a but), it's St. Patrick's Day, and despite having made this chocolate Guinness cake before, Guinness is almost synonymous with St. Patrick's Day (well Guinness and Irish soda bread). I first thought about making Irish soda bread, but it's an acquired taste to most. Then, I thought I'd make something dyed green (like a green velvet cake), but my mother hates anything artificially green (not that I'll be spending St. Patty's day with my mom, but it's a very random but true fact, ask me about it sometime). So instead I figured I'd doctor up the cake. And by doctor it up, I mean make some cupcakes, and add some shamrock sprinkles. Then I figured why not add some Bailey's to the mix? So I added some to the icing (just enough to give it some flavor). Then, I brought them to the bar. Because thats what I assume anyone who made a cake with beer and Bailey's would do. Or rather, what they should do.
Now I did a few un-Julie things with this recipe. First of all, I didn't make mini cupcakes. Shocking, right? I went with the old school, standard sized cupcakes (mainly because I had an idea in mind for the cupcake liner that I wanted to use, and I couldn't find it in mini, and also because making that many mini cupcakes seemed like a daunting task at the time. But enough about that). Secondly, I didn't half the recipe. I actually got insanely overzealous and doubled the recipe. I wasn't sure how many cupcakes one batch would make, and I didn't want to have to remake the batter, so I doubled it. (The answer to that question, in the future, is about 24 cupcakes per recipe; I got 48(!?!).)
Get the recipe here. For the cupcakes, I used about 1/3 of a cup of batter in each cup. I added Bailey's until the icing got the flavor but wasn't overbearing. I used a quasi-heaping teaspoon of icing for each cupcake, and then sprinkled them with the shamrocks. Very St. Patty's Day!