The question I get asked most often is, "how did you think of putting beer in cupcakes?". Well, with St Patty's Day just around the corner, I will share a little bit about that. I used to have my 9 to 5 desk job, like most people. And in that particular office I was resident baker... you know, I brought in all the treats for birthdays and celebrations... mostly because I was really good at it.
In that time (about five years ago) I fell in love with Craft Beer at Toronado and their Monday $3 Pint Night (now local pints). One of the people I worked with also frequented Monday nights here, so when it was his birthday, I took on the challenge of baking a beer-themed birthday cake. That's when I came across a recipe for a Guinness cake.
Now, the recipe I created for that cake was much larger than I needed for just the office, so I made cupcakes with the remaining batter... because it was Monday, and I was going to give them away to my friends at Toronado. Not surprisingly, they were a big hit! But that got me thinking, what would it taste like if I made a cupcake with some of the local craft beer that I love to drink, and pair the frostings and fillings with that particular beer?
Needless to say, I was obsessed. Every week I brought in a new batch of cupcakes to Toronado, and dubbed the cupcake girl (which has now morphed to Beer Cupcake Girl, or simply PubCakes - I don't really have a name anymore). Eventually, they were so popular that everyone started requesting I sell them... so I did. In fact, Toronado even had them on their menu for a while (they're still technically on the menu there, but aren't available for purchase - it still makes me smile to look at their menu).
The picture above is the very first PubCakes event I ever did... test marketing at a yelp event. - And they were popular!! As you can see, the cupcake towers are empty. And my logo looks a little different now as well. In fact, I printed and ironed the logo on that shirt myself. Isn't it amazing how things change?
Oh yeah... we were talking about the Irish Carbomb. I'm sure you've all seen my posting and talking and chatting and rambling ;) about my new Craft Beer Cake Mixes well, they are the reason I am sharing all of my recipes with you. Which of course, includes the Irish Carbomb. So I wanted to share that recipe today. Just so you have time (and a valid excuse) to pick up a bottle of Jameson Whiskey, Bailey's Irish Cream, and of course, some Guinness.
Irish Carbomb Cupcake
1 package PubCakes Cake Mix - Chocolate Stout Flavor
1/2 cup Guinness (or similar stout)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place cupcake liners in muffin pan (12 regular size or 24 mini). In a small bowl, combine melted butter and beer, mix well. In a large bowl, beat egg. Slowly add the beer and butter mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan, cool to room temperature, and frost.
Irish Cream Filling
1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/8 cup Irish cream (Bailey's if you want to stick to the cocktail)
2 cups powdered sugar.
Place room temperature butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat on high until smooth. Add irish cream and beat until the mixture slightly lightens in color and increases in size by about 1/3.
Irish Whiskey Ganache
1 cup dark chocolate (chopped)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Irish whiskey (again, to recreate the drink we recommend Jameson Whiskey)
Pour cream in a pan and heat over medium heat until just before a boil, whisking periodically. Remove from heat, add chocolate and mix with a rubber spatula until smooth. Add whiskey, 1/3 at a time and stir until fully incorporated.
Use the back of a wooden spoon to poke a hole in the center of each cupcake. Fill the cupcakes with the Irish cream buttercream using a pastry bag (or a ziploc bag with the corner cut off). Use a spatula to smooth out the frosting. Once your cupcakes are flat on top again, dip the cupcake in the whiskey ganache.
Save that beer to enjoy WITH your cupcakes. And you know... maybe drop a shot glass with the Irish cream and Whiskey into your stout to enjoy your very own Irish Carbomb.