Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes



Valentine’s Day is done and over so all the flowers, hearts, red and pink are out the window and it’s now time to bring out the green shamrocks and booze to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! To kick off all the glorious fun associated with the celebration of this Irish holiday I decided to make some Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes and to make them even more wonderful they are amazingly awesome and easy to do. These cupcakes are rich, decadent and delicious and have three layers of boozy flavor. 

Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

To make these little treats of St. Patrick’s Day deliciousness easy to do I started out with a box of devil’s food cake mix. To keep it on the track of simplicity I skipped the eggs, oil and water the mix calls for and just added some Guinness to it. That’s right people, cake mix and beer and you have ready to go cake batter!  Could it get any easier? 

Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day made with a box cake mix

While the cupcakes are baking you can whip up the chocolate ganache for the cupcake centers. The ganache is flavored with Jameson Whiskey and makes for a truffle like center to the cupcake. Oh yeah, that’s going to wow your friends and family!

Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Next comes the frosting. I opted to go with a cream cheese frosting to really take the richness of these to an even higher level! The cream cheese paired with Bailey’s Irish Cream really makes it taste like you’re enjoying a cheesecake taste to the cupcake. Now, combine all of these flavors together and you are going to love it! 

Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
Serves 24
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500 calories
63 g
48 g
27 g
4 g
12 g
123 g
277 g
53 g
1 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 500
Calories from Fat 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 48mg
Sodium 277mg
Total Carbohydrates 63g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 53g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cake
  1. 1 box devil's food cake mix
  2. 1 11.2 oz. bottle of Guinness Draught
For the ganache
  1. 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  2. 2/3 c. heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 tbsp. butter, softened
  4. 2 tbsp. Jameson Whiskey
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  3. 4 c. powdered sugar
  4. 2-3 tbsp. Bailey's Irish Cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix and the Guinness. Mix on low speed for thirty seconds until combined and then increase speed to medium and mix for two minutes,
  3. Scoop the batter into the cupcakes liners and bake for 18-23 minutes or until they bounce back when pressed on the top. Cool in the pan for five minutes then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.
For the ganache
  1. Place the chopped chocolate into a heat safe bowl.
  2. Heat the cream in a saucepan or in the microwave and bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate and let sit for a few minutes.
  4. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until smooth.
  5. Let the ganache sit until soft but firm enough to work with.
For the frosting
  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time mixing on low in between each addition.
  3. Stir in the Bailey's Irish Cream and mix on low. Once combined increase the speed to high and mix for five minutes until light and fluffy.
To assemble the cupcakes
  1. Core out the center of the cupcake with a cupcake corer, paring knife or the bottom of a pastry tip.
  2. Scoop about a tablespoon of ganache and place into the hollowed cupcake.
  3. Top with the frosting and refrigerate until ready to serve.
My Sweet Sanity

Share with your favorite leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day and they’ll feel like they’ve gotten a bit of the luck o’ the Irish.  


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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

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