Saturday, May 15, 2010

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Bailey's Buttercream Frosting

My good friend Michelle sent me an email the other day. That's not out of the ordinary at all, except for the fact that it was a recipe. Michelle is not really known for emailing out recipes (pictures of her fun nights out, and more recently of her expanding belly yes, but not recipes). So immediately I knew it HAD to be good!

OH. MY. GOD. The name alone had me drooling. Chocolate. Coffee. Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur. Hello? Even my husband, who hates cake of any kind, was intrigued. He asked me to make these when he was on night shift this weekend so he could take them into work to help keep the guys awake. He's so funny.

These cupcakes taste like your favourite coffee blend. They taste like a chilly winter's night by the fire. They taste like... heaven. Give'em a try and tell me I'm lying!

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Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Bailey's Buttercream Frosting


1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c buttermilk, room temperature
3 heaping tbsp cocoa
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup coffee, hot
1 c sugar
1 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla


1 stick unsalted butter, softened
4 c icing sugar
1/4 c Bailey's Irish Cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk
2 tbsp coffee, cooled


1. In a small bowl, dissolves the baking soda in the buttermilk.
2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter slowly over low heat and add the cocoa. Mix until combined and smooth.
3. Remove from the heat and add the coffee to the cocoa/butter mixture and stir.
4. In a seperate bowl sift together the flour, sugar and salt.
5. While slowly mixing add the cocoa mixture and egg to the flour mixture.
6. Next add the buttermilk and vanilla and continue to beat until smooth.
7. Bake at 350˚F for 20 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when touched.
8. Cream together the butter and icing sugar for the frosting.
9. Add the Bailey's, vanilla, milk and coffee and whip until combined and smooth.
10. Frost tops of cooled cupcakes and decorate with chocolate shavings, chocolate covered espresso beans or enjoy all on their own!

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Look at how moist these babies are!



  1. Ooo, Ooo, Ooo! I am all over this! Tell your friend Michelle thanks from me.

  2. WOW, these look so amazing. Definitely going on my must make this SOON list!

  3. OOOOh My I saw this recipe and it looked so good that I tried it for a friends daughter's B-day party over the weekend (they asked me to make the cake/cupcakes) I used a vanilla cream cheeese icing since I'm thinking that 2 & 3 year olds probably shouldn't be hopped up on Bailey's but the cupcakes were AMAZING - very moist & chocolately - this will be my go to chocolate cupcake recipe from now on!!
    Thank you for posting it & to your firiend Michelle for sending it to you!

  4. It was difficult to find a Bailey's cupcake recipe that didn't have a Guinness batter. These were delicious and the frosting held up well. Thanks for the recipe! :D

  5.  Thanks for letting me know you liked them!

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