Delectable Irish Cream Cupcakes | St. Patrick’s Day Recipe

Welcome coffee lovers, Irish cream enthusiasts, and dessert aficionados! Today, I am excited to share with you a recipe that will be a game-changer for your taste buds – Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes.

If you are a fan of the classic Irish coffee or crave a touch of whiskey in your drinks, this recipe will exceed your expectations. I guarantee that this is not your run-of-the-mill cupcake recipe; it takes the ordinary and turns it into something extraordinary.

These cupcakes are super moist yellow cake infused with Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, topped with a creamy coffee frosting drizzled with additional Bailey’s cream for an added kick. With these ingredients, it is impossible to create anything but perfection.

Not only do these cupcakes make for an excellent dessert option, but they also serve as the perfect companion to your morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea. They are versatile enough to be served for any occasion – from intimate brunch dates to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

In short, these Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes are more than just a simple recipe; they are an experience that you won’t want to miss out on. So grab your aprons, dust off those mixers, and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes
Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes

Listen up, folks! If you’re a lover of coffee, Irish cream, and cupcakes, then look no further because this recipe has got it all! Trust me when I say that this coffee frosted Irish cream cupcake recipe is going to blow your mind.

Not only does the delectable aroma of coffee combined with the rich taste of Irish cream make for a divine combination, but the texture of these cupcakes is also super moist and fluffy. It’s like taking a bite out of a cloud! Plus, the luscious Irish cream filling and frosting take these cupcakes to another level of decadence.

And let’s not forget about the perfect amount of sweetness in every bite. The balance between the granulated and powdered sugar give each cupcake just the right amount of sweetness without overwhelming your taste buds.

So whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s day, looking for a pick-me-up treat on a gloomy day, or just want to indulge in something heavenly without breaking the bank, this recipe has got you covered. Trust me, your taste buds (and your soul) will thank you for trying out this masterpiece. Don’t wait any longer; try it out for yourself!

Ingredient List

“These cupcakes will give you a taste of Ireland with every bite!”

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make the Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes recipe:

  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1 box of super moist yellow cake mix
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • ½ cup of Guinness beer (can substitute with more milk if desired)
  • ½ cup of Irish Cream liqueur (such as Baileys or Kerrygold)
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of espresso powder (optional but recommended)

  • For the frosting:

  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 8 cups (32 oz) confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur

  • Optional Ingredients for Garnish:

  • Chocolate shavings
  • Gold sprinkles

Note that you can customize your cupcakes by substituting some ingredients. You can also omit some ingredients to accommodate dietary restrictions or personal preference.

The Recipe How-To

“Get ready to indulge in a creamy and delicious masterpiece.”

Now, it’s time for the fun part – making the coffee frosted Irish cream cupcakes! Let’s get started.

Preheat Your Oven and Line Your Cupcake Pan

First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Mix Your Batter

In a large bowl, beat together 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 2 eggs until light and fluffy.

Add 1/4 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream and beat until well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Gradually add this mixture to the butter mixture while alternating with 3/4 cup of milk. Beat until just combined.

Fold in 1 package (3.4 oz.) of instant chocolate pudding mix to the mixture to make it extra moist.

Bake the Cupcakes

Pour your batter into your prepared cupcake pan, filling each liner about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Make the Irish Cream Frosting

In a large mixing bowl, beat together 2 cups (4 sticks) of unsalted butter at room temperature until creamy. Gradually add in 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and 1/2 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Beat on medium speed until everything is well combined and smooth.

Frost the Cupcakes

Using a piping bag or spatula, frost each cooled cupcake with the Irish Cream Frosting.

Enjoy Your Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes!

There you have it, a perfect cupcake grown-ups can indulge in! The combination of chocolate and Irish cream liqueur is second to none, with these cupcakes being so super moist that you’ll want more after one bite. So, go ahead, dive in and enjoy this delicious treat paired with a hot cup of coffee or Irish coffee.

Substitutions and Variations

“Coffee and Irish Cream together? Yes, please!”

Attention, coffee and cupcake enthusiasts! This section is for those who are looking to mix it up with their Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes Recipe. If you want to shake things up a bit, or you need to tailor the recipe to certain restrictions and preferences, then these substitutions and variations might be just what you need.

First of all, for those who don’t drink Irish cream or alcohol in general, you can still enjoy the coffee frosting by swapping out the Bailey’s Irish Cream for Bailey’s Coffee Creamer. You can also use any other nonalcoholic cream liqueur or rich coffee-flavored syrup that works best for your taste buds.

For our vegan friends out there, we got you covered too! Swap regular butter with a vegan butter substitute that has a high-fat content. You can find vegan butter substitutes made from various ingredients like coconut oil, avocado oil, or soybean oil at your local supermarket. Also, feel free to switch out the eggs with flax eggs – this will keep your cupcakes super moist and fluffy!

Next up is the icing itself. If you aren’t keen on coffee flavors or want to change it up a bit, swap it out with chocolate buttercream frosting instead! This chocolaty addition will give the cupcakes an espresso-like taste that’ll leave you wanting more.

For those seeking a boozy alternative to traditional Irish cream, try swapping it out with some good ol’ whiskey! The subtle notes of whiskey infuse into the cupcake and offer a unique taste that is sure to impress anyone.

Finally, to add some festivity to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or for any festive occasion, consider adding some Guinness beer to the recipe. It adds a malty flavor to the cupcakes that’ll truly make it a grown-up’s pleasure.

There you go – we’ve given you some great alternatives and variations on this perfect Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes recipe! Try out the substitutions and variations that best match your taste buds, and you will not be disappointed.

Serving and Pairing

“A match made in heaven: coffee, chocolate, and Irish Cream in one cupcake.”

Now that you’ve made these scrumptious coffee frosted Irish cream cupcakes, it’s time to enjoy them! These cupcakes can be served as a delicious treat for any occasion, but they are particularly fitting for St. Patrick’s Day or other festive events.

For maximum pleasure, I recommend serving the cupcakes as described below:

1. Presentation: Place your cupcakes on a platter or beautiful cake stand. Arrange them in a way that allows their beautiful colors to show, giving them an elegant feel.

2. Pairing: Since these cupcakes have a unique flavor, it is important to choose beverages that won’t clash with this taste. A hot steaming cup of coffee is my top recommendation, but if you’re out of coffee, tea is also a great option for pairing.

3. Toppings: Don’t be shy! Add your favorite toppings before serving your cupcakes. You can garnish with sugar crystals, chocolate chips, a pinch of cinnamon or even some shamrock sprinkles.

4. Portion size: Even though these cupcakes are irresistible, it’s important to keep an eye on portions sizes. One cupcake per person is sufficient to indulge their senses and enjoy each bite.

By pairing these lovely beer-themed cupcakes along with a suitable beverage like coffee, you can add even more depth to the flavor-chasing experience that takes place in every sip and bite that’s sure to have you feeling happy-go-lucky in no time.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Coffee lovers, rejoice! These cupcakes are calling your name.”

Making the Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes ahead of time can save you valuable time and stress on the day of your event. Luckily, these cupcakes are perfect for making in advance. You can bake the cupcakes 2-3 days before you plan to serve them and store them unfrosted in an airtight container at room temperature.

The frosting can also be made up to two days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Be sure to tightly cover the frosting with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. When ready to use, simply remove the frosting from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to soften up.

If you have leftover cupcakes that you’d like to store, place them in an airtight container or cover them tightly with plastic wrap, and store them in the fridge or at room temperature for up to three days. When it’s time to reheat or refresh, just pop them into a preheated oven at 350°F for five minutes.

These make-ahead tips will save you time and effort so you can focus on enjoying your delicious Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes without any added stress or worry.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Get your caffeine kick and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.”

To ensure that your coffee frosted Irish cream cupcakes turn out perfectly, here are some tips to consider:

Firstly, it is important to make sure that all of the ingredients for the cupcakes, frosting and filling are at room temperature. This will help them to blend together more easily and create a smooth texture.

Secondly, when baking the cupcakes, it’s essential not to overfill each cupcake liner. Ideally, only fill them about two-thirds full as they will rise in the oven.

Thirdly, to achieve a super moist yellow cake, avoid over-mixing the batter once you have added the dry ingredients. Over-mixing will result in tough and dry cupcakes.

Fourthly, ensure that you do not overbake the cupcakes. Check if they are done with a toothpick inserted in the center of each cupcake comes out clean. If it does, then it’s time to take them out of the oven.

Fifthly, when making the frosting and filling make sure you sift the powdered sugar before adding any liquid ingredients as this will help prevent any lumps forming.

Sixthly, add Bailey’s Irish cream or espresso powder gradually until you reach your desired flavor so as not to overpower your icing.

Lastly and importantly, after frosting your cupcakes let them sit for at least 15 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and enhances their taste even further.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make perfect coffee frosted Irish cream cupcakes every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes are the perfect treat for any occasion, especially during St. Patrick’s day or a grown-up gathering. Not only are they super moist and delicious, but they also have the perfect balance of coffee and Irish Cream flavors that will satisfy any sweet tooth. The recipe is easy to follow and can be customized to fit your preference, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations!

Whether you’re a coffee lover or an Irish Cream enthusiast, this recipe is sure to delight your taste buds. So gather up your ingredients and get ready to bake some mouth-watering cupcakes!

And remember, if you want to take these cupcakes to the next level, try pairing them with a hot cup of coffee or any other beverage of your choice. The combination of coffee and Irish Cream will surely awaken your senses and leave you feeling satisfied.

So what are you waiting for? Go give this recipe a try and experience the joy of baking these irresistible Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes. Trust me; once you take that first bite, you won’t be able to stop!

Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes

Coffee Frosted Irish Cream Cupcakes Recipe

The perfect cupcake for grown ups! I originally found this recipe on LifesAmbrosia website, and the irish cream filling is the frosting recipe from betty crockers irish cream brownies. Prep and cooking times approximated, it really depends how distracted I get while waiting for the cupcakes to cool 🙂
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Calories 458.3 kcal



  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package cook and serve chocolate pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup irish cream
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Irish Cream filling or frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons irish cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Coffee frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 tablespoons coffee (instant coffee VIA by starbucks works well)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Mix together cake and pudding mix,(sifting ingredients together if you have a sifter).
  • Mix together wet cupcake ingredients
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  • Using paper lined cupcake pan, fill liners 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • When cupcakes are done remove to cooling rack and allow to cool completely before next steps.
  • Beat butter until fluffy.
  • Add sugar, irish cream, vanilla, and milk.
  • Beat until uniform.
  • Cut "x" markes into the top of the cooled cupcakes with a knife (about 1 inch deep).
  • Place filling in patry bag with metal tip (round or star tips work best).
  • Fill inside of cupcake until filling level with top of cupcake.
  • Beat butter until fluffy.
  • Slowly add remainig frosting ingredients.
  • I like to take the VIA and add it directly to tbsp of water, and make super strong coffee directly in tbsp then add it to mixture. I usually mix well after each addition of coffee and taste test to make sure the coffee flavor isn't too strong or too weak.
  • Once mixed frost cupcakes.
  • Optional: Dust with coco powder and top with chocolate covered espresso bean.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 91gCalories: 458.3kcalCarbohydrates: 69.6gProtein: 2.8gFat: 19.6gSaturated Fat: 8.3gCholesterol: 62.4mgSodium: 235.9mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 55.4g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, For Large Groups
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