Baileys Cupcakes

Last year I made a delicious Baileys chocolate cake for St. Patrick’s day, and this year I decided it was time for some Baileys cupcakes.

There’s something about Baileys and chocolate that is just so delicious!

photo of baileys cupcake, unwrapped to show how moist it is

That being said, I like to bake something special each year to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.

In the past I’ve made an adorable shamrock cake, a giant beer mug cake, and even a clover patch cake.

While making cakes and cupcakes with intricate decorations is a blast, sometimes it’s nice to focus on a special ingredient and really help it shine.

image of ingredients laid out to make baileys chocolate cupcakes

This recipe is packed with Baileys, which is included in the cupcake batter and frosting!

What Is Baileys?

Baileys is an Irish whiskey and cream based liquor, which is actually pretty strong (17% ABV).

I thought I knew quite a bit about Baileys, until I realized I had been spelling it incorrectly!!

image of a bottle of baileys

As I was writing this post, I was quite surprised to see that Baileys is spelled without an apostrophe. Guess you learn something new everyday!!

Are These Cupcakes Boozy??

By adding Baileys into the cupcake batter and the frosting, these cupcakes have that delicious Baileys flavor along with little bit of a kick.

image of baileys cupcakes baked but not frosted yet

The alcohol in the cupcakes does bake out, but the Baileys in the frosting doesn’t.

If you want an extra bit of flavor (or to make them a bit more boozy), you can also drizzle a bit of Baileys over the baked cupcakes!

You can also add a pipette of Baileys to allow people to add as much as they’d like.

That being said, these are definitely adult cupcakes and are not kid friendly!

Decorating These Baileys Cupcakes

I wanted these cupcakes to have a fun look, and decided to use one of my favorite frosting tip to decorate them.

To create this look, I added a small dab of frosting on top of each cupcake once it was fully cooled. Then I dunked the cupcake into a bowl of chocolate sprinkles.

The last step is to pipe a generous dollop of buttercream frosting on top of the sprinkle covered frosting with an Ateco 869 tip.

image of baileys cupcakes frosted and surrounding a cupcake stand

Tips for Making The Best Baileys Cupcakes:

  • Properly measure your all-purpose flour (spoon into the cup measure then level) or use a kitchen scale to measure your dry ingredients
  • Use a cookie scoop to easily fill your cupcake liners
  • Ingredients at room temp mix together better, so be sure you set out any cold ingredients ahead of time.
  • Bang your cupcake pan on the counter before putting it in the oven, to bring any air bubbles that are trapped in the batter to the surface
  • Be sure your cupcakes are COMPLETELY cooled before you frost them! If they’re even a little bit warm, the frosting can melt right off. 

Making These Cupcakes In Advance & Storage Tips:

  • Make these Baileys cupcakes in advance! If stored unfrosted in an airtight container, they can last for 2 days at room temp, up to a week in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer
  • Make your frosting ahead of time too, or save any leftover frosting! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to give it a good stir once it thaws to get the consistency nice and smooth again.
  • Frosted cupcakes can sit out at room temperature overnight in an airtight container, but I find frosting them right before serving is best.
image of chocolate cupcakes frosted with baileys buttercream

Let Me Know What You Think!

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image of baileys cupcake frosted and decorated with an ateco 869 frosting tip and baileys frosting

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Yield: 12-14 cupcakes

Baileys Cupcakes

Baileys Cupcakes

This recipe for Baileys Cupcakes is packed with Baileys! They're made with moist chocolate cupcakes, drizzled with Baileys, and topped with Baileys buttercream frosting and chocolate sprinkles.

Ingredients

Baileys Cupcakes

  • 1/4 cup warm water (59 grams)
  • 1/2 cup of Baileys Irish Cream (120 grams)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (73 grams)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips, melted and cooled - milk or dark (57 grams)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature (114 grams)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (98 grams)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (3 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (2 grams)
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa powder (32 grams)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar (4 grams)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (4 grams)

Baileys Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature (226 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (3  grams)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (4 grams)
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (454 grams) - or a 1 lb bag
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream (15 grams)
  • 2 Tbsp Baileys Irish Cream (30 grams)

Additional Tools / Decorations

Instructions

Baileys Cupcake Recipe:

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F. Place cupcake liners in baking pans.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of warm water, 1/2 cup of Baileys, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1/3 cup melted and cooled chocolate chips, and 2 large eggs into a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together until smooth.
  4. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients (3/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/3 cup baking cocoa) and stir until just combined.
  5. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed with a spatula.
  6. Add in 1 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp vanilla extract, and mix until the batter is smooth - it will be a bit thick!
  7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full, and bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.
  8. Allow cupcakes to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and place in the freezer for 15 minutes (to accelerate the cooling process).

Baileys Buttercream Frosting:

  1. Beat the butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle or whisk attachment, until smooth. 
  2. Mix in the salt and vanilla extract on a low speed.
  3. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Alternate with additions of the heavy cream and Baileys.
  4. Beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached.
  5. If the frosting is too thick, add an extra Tbsp of heavy cream. If it's too thin, add in another 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
  6. Stir by hand with a rubber spatula to get the frosting SUPER smooth.
  7. Place in a piping bag fitted with an Ateco 869 tip.


Decorating These Baileys Cupcakes

  1. Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, pipe a small dollop of Baileys frosting on the center of each cupcake.
  2. Dip in a bowl filled with chocolate sprinkles.
  3. Top with a large dollop of Baileys frosting, and enjoy!

Notes

Make your cupcakes in advance! If stored unfrosted in an airtight container, they can last for 2 days at room temp, up to a week in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer

Make your frosting ahead of time too, or save any leftover frosting! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to give it a good stir once it thaws to get the consistency nice and smooth again.

Frosted cupcakes can sit out at room temperature overnight in an airtight container, but I find frosting them right before serving is best.

If you want to make mini chocolate cupcakes, this recipe can be baked in mini muffin tins! It makes about 40 mini cupcakes, and they only need to bake for 9-10 minutes.

If you want to fill the cupcake or add a chocolate drizzle, I recommend using my chocolate ganache recipe! I filled the cupcakes with my ganache when it was just barely lukewarm (so it was thicker), and then heated it up to allow me to drizzle it over the cupcakes

Nutrition Information

Yield

14 cupcakes

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 343Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 36mgSodium 194mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 2gSugar 41gProtein 4g

8 thoughts on “Baileys Cupcakes

    1. So happy to hear that Patty! Bailey’s chocolate chips sound so incredible, I hope I get to try them some day!!

  1. Hey everytime i make my buttercream using your recipe the texture comes out to be grainy
    I use powdered sugar or icing sugar but i can taste the sugary effect in my frosting
    Where am i going wrong and what should i do??
    Please let me know

    1. Hi Kriti,

      If your frosting comes out grainy, it’s usually because you need to add more heavy cream, or the brand of powdered sugar you’re using isn’t fine enough! Maybe try a different brand of powdered sugar, or add more cream next time. Hopefully one of those will fix that, happy baking!

  2. These were amazing! I made them gluten free using bob mills 1 for 1 and they game out perfect perfect! Used taking 244g of gluten free flour instead of the 260g reg flour, like in the gluten free recipe you have. Thank you so much for this! They were a huge hit!

  3. These were phenomenal!! I made these cupcakes for a Birthday party and they were a huge hit, people thought they came from a bakery! Also my kid who does not like frosting actually enjoyed these without scraping the frosting in the trash.

Let me know what you think!