Saturday, May 15, 2010

Chocolate Cupcakes with Irish Cream frosting

A friend of mine graduated from college today, and I wanted to make him something to celebrate. He requested cupcakes but had no preference as to what kind of cupcakes, so this is what I came up with. The original cupcake recipe comes from one of Dorie Greenspan's books, and it's pretty awesome. They aren't too sweet, which is nice. I skipped Dorie's frosting and made Irish Cream buttercream frosting, which I adore.

Cupcakes:

Line muffin tin with paper liners. (Or you can use pan spray if you prefer, but I find the liners work better). I used a 12 muffin pan.
Preheat oven to 350F
Melt: 2 oz chocolate or 1/4 C dark or bittersweet chocolate chips. Set aside. (I use the microwave to do this; it takes about a minute on high).

Mix in one bowl:
1C flour
1/4 C cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cream in separate bowl:
1/2 C (one stick) butter
3/4 C sugar

Add in:
1 egg
1 egg yolk

Mix thoroughly. Add 1/2 of the cocoa flour mixture, then add:
1/2 C buttermilk (plain yogurt also works)

Mix, then add the remaining flour mixture. Once this is blended, add in melted chocolate and mix until blended. If desired add:
1 C chocolate chips (not melted)

Divide the batter evenly in muffin tin, and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins from tin and set to cool on a cooling rack. Cool muffins. If you're in a rush, stick them in the fridge for ten minutes or so.



Irish Cream Buttercream frosting:
It seems silly to even write out this recipe since it's so basic, but here's what I did:

Thoroughly blend:
1/4 C butter
1 1/3 C powdered sugar.

Add gradually:
Roughly 2 tbsp Bailey's Irish cream. Basically you add Irish cream until you have the consistency you want. If you overshoot add a little more powdered sugar. Whip the heck out of the frosting until it looks kind of fluffy, then spread over the top of cupcakes.

(Next step: learn how to pipe frosting in a properly Martha Stewartesque manner).

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