Irish Coffee Cupcakes

I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day but every year I do wind up making something with green food coloring.  Who doesn’t love playing with the color of their food?  I decided to try out Martha Stewart’s recipe for Irish Coffee Cupcakes.  I made a few modifications based on what I had, what I bought, and the technique.  Below is my version of these awesome cupcakes.

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons Nescafe Clasico Packets (these come in boxes of 8)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon confectioners sugar
  • 5-6 drops green food coloring
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Green sprinkles for dusting
  1. For the cupcakes: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Pour water over Nescafe, let cool.  Combine Nescafe with milk.
  3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and light-brown sugar with a stand mixer fixed with the paddle attachment until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, 1 at a time, to the butter/sugar mix, beating well after each addition.
  5. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with coffee-milk mixture.  Begin and end with flour (flour, coffee, flour, coffee, flour).
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 15 cups (using two 12-cup muffin tins).
  7. Fill all 15 muffin tins three-quarters full.  Hit the tins down against either a table or counter to get rid of any air bubbles.
  8. Bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for at least an hour then make your frosting.
  10. For the frosting: Using a stand mixer fixed with the whisk attachment, whisk together cream and confectioners sugar until medium peaks form (make sure your mixer is set to the FASTEST setting for this).
  11. Add 5-6 drops of green food coloring, or until you reach your desired color.
  12. Add whiskey and whisk until slightly stiff peaks form.
  13. Frost your cupcakes, sprinkle green sprinkles on top, and dig in.

Irish Coffee CupcakesThese came out delicious.  The frosting (something I typically dislike) was perfect.  It was light, fluffy, and not sweet.  The cake itself was moist.  These will definitely be making their way to the office tomorrow.  Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.  No drinking and driving!

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8 Responses to Irish Coffee Cupcakes

  1. Alejandro says:

    These will help a least one of your co-workers absorb more alcohol

  2. The Regular Guy NYC says:

    I’ll drink a dozen! I mean eat a dozen. Or two. And wash them down with Guinness!

  3. Amanda Rose says:

    What a great green recipe! I’d love for you to link it up in our St. Patrick’s Day Snacks Recipe Writers link up!

    Amanda Rose

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