Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day! -- Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes


So. I didn't want to do what I did last year with Cinco De Mayo, and be way behind on the holiday baking and have to do it all in one night. So this time around, after weeks of bookmarking multiple contenders for my St. Patrick's Day Post recipe... I did exactly the same thing. Oops.


See, I didn't take my schedule into account. Or the fact that I was leaving the state to visit a friend for the weekend and wouldn't be around my laptop to post or cook at all. I realized this... yesterday. So after FINALLY viewing the apartment I will be moving into in two weeks (small kitchen, but I'll take it!) I rushed to the liquor store and got the necessary goodies. As I left the store the cashier called after me "Enjoy your Car Bombs!" to which I whipped around and replied,


"I'm making cupcakes."

I was up until 11 o'clock last night baking cupcakes.


It was SO worth it though. The Guinness (not my favorite beer by a long shot) adds depth and flavor to these without making them taste... well, beery... and the filling is a creamy ganache spiked with Bailey's and Jameson, and the frosting is a sweet and delicious Bailey's buttercream. Really fantastic.

I'm pleased with how these pictures came out too. Natural lighting really makes a big difference, huh?

Did I mention that exactly a year ago today I was in Burbank, California, dressed as a leprechaun for the Jay Leno Show as they tried to break the world record for most leprechauns in a single room. I'll find the picture later, as I don't have time now, but yeah, you can clearly see my face in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records. Sadly next year I won't be in it, since the record has already been beat by a group in Ireland--rightly so, I think.

Why am I not living there now? Some day, California, some day...


These are from We Are Not Martha, and, I know, I should use recipes from more blogs than just them and Can You Stay for Dinner? (both two of my very favorites and somewhat of the inspiration for this blog) but I have been saving this recipe for a year, waiting for the perfect moment to use it. And, as I cored out the Guinness chocolate stout out of each cupcake, I realized that I already know what I'll do next year, if not sooner:

Irish. Car bomb. CAKE POPS.

I'm a genius. I know, I know.

I will update with the actual recipe later, and with my little alterations from the original, as I'm on my way out. But really you should just go to We Are Not Martha, because it's pretty much the exact same recipe. Go, make boozy cupcakes, be merry. Drink copious amounts of green beer.


But don't, really, green beer is nasty.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

(here are two pics from when I traveled to Ireland... difficult to find any sans ex boyfriends, so they're not the best pics, oh well!)
At the Giant's Causeway in 2007

In Dublin in 2010, next to a famous statue whose name is escaping me at the moment 

21 comments:

  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm sure the cashier at the liquor store was not expecting to hear you say you were making cupcakes! Your pictures turned out beautiful.

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  2. Is that the Molly Malone statue? Nice blog, Ashley!! (Jerri)

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  3. YES! IT IS! That's who it was! Haha, all I could remember is our tour guide calling her "the tart with the cart"

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  4. I've made these cupcakes before and they are the BEST way to celebrate St. paddy's day! I love the actual car bomb drink...but let's be real. Cupcakes are ALWAYS better.

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    1. My first experience with a car bomb drink was also this weekend. Unfortunately I used a plastic shot glass, which floated on top. I had to poor it into the beer while my friends chugged, and it ended up curdling horribly and I only got through about half. Oh well!

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  5. These cupcakes look perfect for St. Patty's Day!

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  6. yum! i've sadly never had an Irish car bomb drink or cupcake. i'm curious how they taste though! ps. you're photos are looking good - natural lighting is always a bonus! ps. check out Lightscoop for indoor shots when you don't want to wash out your subject! I use mine a lot. :)

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    1. The cupcakes taste fabulous, you can't even taste the beer in them, and you get just a hint of alcohol in the ganache and buttercream but it's not overwhelming. The drink, on the other hand... ehh it pretty much just tastes like Guinness with chunks in it, if you're bad at chugging like I am, haha.

      Oh goodness, Lightscoop is going on my wish list for sure (along with a tripod, haha)! Do you have any picture examples of what indoor shots look like with it?

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    2. the cupcake sounds awesome! we make honey beer bread that tastes a little like beer, but it works nicely. the car bomb drink sounds gross though. haha.

      as for the pic with the lightscoop, hmm... none on my blog yet, but i'm sure i'll post one sooner or later. i can post a pic to twitter if you'd like! :)

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  7. Yum! I love Irish Car Bomb's so I can only imagine how amazing it could taste in cupcake form!

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  8. oh wow! these cupcakes are so impressive!

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  9. Your cupcakes are delectable! And so cool and funny about the Guinness Book! I bet you were the cutest leprechaun.

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    1. Haha, aw, thanks! They actually made EVERYONE wear a beard, even the girls! So I was more bizarre than cute, hah.

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  10. The cupcakes are awesome! And great to see the pics from Ireland, the statue of Molly Malone brings great memories, I spend a whole summer in DUblin a few years ago.

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    1. My semester was in The Netherlands, but we got long weekends off from school so I did a LOT of travel :) I went back with a boyfriend as a graduation present to myself, and I am ACHING to go back as soon as I have money again, hah. I wish I had time to find better pictures, but I was heading out the door as I wrote this post, haha. Dublin was fun, but I wish I'd seen more of the Irish countryside. Did you travel outside of Dublin while you were there?

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  12. I think I took that picture at Giant's Causeway! If not I have one very similar to it.

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    1. Haha yes, I do believe you were my photographer for that shot :)

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