Sadly, I haven’t had much time to bake or even cook lately. It seems the only time I spend in the kitchen the past few weeks is to clean. Especially when my stove was growing hair. I’ve only unpacked half of my utensils and bakeware, and I don’t even know where my plates are. It’s a bittersweet problem to have.
But, since tomorrow St. Paddy’s Day (a day where everyone has a little Irish in them), I figured I’d find the time to whip up something special. I found this recipe that pretty much has every ingredient I love (aside from salted chocolate): liquor, coffee and sugar. Because, is there really anything else you need?
I think not.
And being that I can’t locate my plates, cupcakes are the way to go…
Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart (so you KNOW they’re going to be good!)
2 cups all-purpose flour (because all flour should have a purpose – ha)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tbsps instant-espresso powder
1/4 cup whole milk
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp whiskey
Instant-espresso powder, for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour water over espresso powder; let cool. Combine espresso with milk. Beat butter and granulated and brown sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with espresso-milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour (batter may look broken).
Fill 15 cups (of two 12-cup muffin tins) three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool; turn out cupcakes from tins.
Whisk together cream and confectioners’ sugar until medium peaks form. Add whiskey (OH YEAH); whisk until slightly stiff peaks form.
Top each cupcake with frosting; dust with espresso powder.