Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Irish coffee cupcakes

When Joel and I went on our honeymoon to San Francisco, we made sure to stop at The Buena Vista every day for an Irish Coffee, despite the fact that it was July. There was something therapeutic about watching the bartenders making their specialty drink; line up a bunch of mugs, drop a few sugar cubes in each one, dump a shot of Jameson over the sugar, pour a fresh pot of coffee over the top going down the line of glasses like dominoes, and top with freshly made whipped cream. Yum! In honor of St. Patrick's Day, and because I had a bottle of Jameson in the liquor cabinet, I decided to make these adorable little cupcakes. I made them in a mini-bundt cake (or fancy donut) pan and filled the center with the frosting. There was plenty of frosting left over to add to the top as we were eating them. They were a delicious St. Patrick's Day cocktail and dessert, all wrapped up in one treat!

For the Cupcakes:
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Boiling Water
2 tablespoons Instant Espresso Powder (I used 1 packet of instant coffee, which was much less than 2 tablespoons, but still worked out fine)
1/4 cup Whole Milk, at room temperature (I used Half and Half)
1 stick Butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 Eggs, at room temperature

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a measuring cup, add the espresso powder to the boiling water and whisk until combined. Cool to room temperature, then whisk in the milk. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixer on low, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, followed by 1/2 of the espresso mixture, followed by 1/3 of the dry ingredients, followed by the remaining 1/2 of the espresso mixture, and end with the final 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Divide the batter between lined wells of a cupcake pan (the batter will make between 12-15 cupcakes, each filled about 2/3 full). Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pans to wire rack sand let the cupcakes cool for a few minutes before removing them to the racks to cool completely.

For the Frosting:
1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream (I used 1 container, which only had about 1 cup)
4 1/2 teaspoons Confectioners' Sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons Whiskey

Add the heavy cream and the confectioners' sugar to a medium bowl and beat with a hand mixer until medium peaks form. Add the whiskey and continue beating until the mixture just barely holds stiff peaks. Transfer the whipped cream to a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip. Pipe the frosting onto each of the cooled cupcakes. Dust with additional espresso powder for garnish, if desired.  

SOURCE: Tracey's Culinary Adventures