Recipe: Chocolate Dirt Cupcakes

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Happy Earth Day! Stan’s favorite dessert is dirt pudding, so I made a cupcake version for him over the weekend. I gotta tell you: these chocolate cupcakes are the most delicious ones I’ve ever made. Mine tend to come out a little on the dry side, but these are perfect. Moist, but not super dense. They’re great for Earth Day, or kids’ birthday parties!

Chocolate Dirt Cupcakes with Pudding and Crumbled Oreo Topping — makes 12 regular cupcakes. Because you have to scoop out the center, I don’t recommend making these as minis, unless you’re baking chocolate cupcakes with a different frosting. In that case, this recipe will make about 60 minis.

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Recipe: Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness & Bailey’s

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My favorite cupcake from NoRa Cupcake Co. is the Irish Car Bomb Cupcake. Based on the beer cocktail with a highly controversial name, it’s a chocolate Guinness cake with Jameson dark chocolate ganache and Bailey’s cream cheese frosting topped with a malt ball. Seriously amazing. Oh and fun fact: the drink was invented in Norwich, CT! I made my own version of the cupcakes without the Jameson ganache and went with a Bailey’s buttercream frosting instead. I brought them into work yesterday, and they were gobbled down pretty quickly! So if you’re bringing dessert to a St. Paddy’s Day party, these are sure to be a hit!

Chocolate Guinness Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting — makes 12 regular cupcakes (about 60 minis)

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Guinness Extra Stout

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 ½ tbs Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring

Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness Stout and Bailey's via poorandpretty

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line your cupcake tin with paper or silicone cupcake liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In your stand mixer’s bowl (or a larger bowl, if you are using electric beaters), cream together the butter and sugar for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and combine.
  5. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and Guinness into the butter mixture, starting with the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl in between additions and mix thoroughly.
  6. Once the batter is mixed well, add in the egg and mix it up some more.
  7. Pour batter into cupcake liners until they are  ⅔ full and bake for 8-10 minutes for minis or 18-22 minutes for regular-sized cupcakes. Check with a toothpick to be sure they are cooked all the way through.
  8. Once baked, place on a cooling rack to cool.

Frosting Directions: 

  1. Cream softened butter until smooth, making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.
  2. Add 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar, mixing it in two parts (start with half a cup, mix it well, then add the other half cup).
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract, milk, Bailey’s and green food coloring.
  4. Add more confectioner’s sugar — ¼ cup at a time — until you’ve reached your desired consistency and taste.
  5. Frost the cupcakes when cooled.

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Recipe: Pink Sugar Cupcakes

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Suzi and I had so much fun making these, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, too! ♥ It’s a pretty simple vanilla cake with buttercream frosting, with a few unique twists. We had a few topping ideas — candy hearts, handmade flags (we used washi tape and heart confetti), pink cotton candy (we couldn’t find any!!) … but our absolute favorite is the candy apple “sculptures” Suzi made.

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These are of course inspired by my Pink Sugar Cupcake Soap — get it for 25% off until the end of February!*

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Juniper cupcake fail: We’re bound to make terrible cupcakes sometimes

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Despite my and Suzi’s good intentions, we discovered that not everything makes a delicious cupcake. This month’s cupcake recipe was supposed to be inspired by my Aloe, Juniper! Cupcake Soap, and we definitely made cupcakes. But they were awful.

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Turns out juniper berries taste a lot like eating a Christmas tree (I imagine). In searching for inspiration, Suzi and I grew skeptical when we saw that juniper is used mainly to add flavor to meats, but we were slightly encouraged by this recipe for Chocolate Juniper Cake from bon appétit. We opted for a juniper-infused buttercream frosting instead of the milk jam crème fraîche, which was the only thing that was remotely edible. We really wanted to eat them — they were chocolate! — but we just couldn’t. We gave as many as we could to Jon’s bandmates, but even they weren’t in the mood for evergreen cakes. (Sounds like something Hagrid would bake.)

Well, I suppose we’re bound to make terrible cupcakes sometimes. Take it from us: don’t bake with juniper berries!

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Recipe: Cuckoo for Coconut Cupcakes

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Happy Winter officially! Suzi and I made these snowball-looking coconut cupcakes for our uncle’s Christmas party this weekend, inspired by my Cuckoo for Coconut cupcake soaps (below), and a recipe from Georgetown Cupcake (though we made a few edits). They’re perfect for holiday or New Year’s Eve parties!

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My Cuckoo for Coconut cupcake soap! (You can purchase one here.)

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