St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico and Crème de Cacao Buttercream Icing

st. patrick's day boozy cupcakes

As if my favorite espresso martinis weren’t decadent enough I made espresso martini cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day with buttercream icing made with Bailey’s Irish Cream and a few of its flavorful, sweet, high octane friends.

st. patrick's day boozy cupcakes

These friends play together beautifully and are three of the five ingredients in the espresso martinis that I love.

Bailey’s is creamy goodness.  Frangelico is hazelnut-flavored liqueur and Crème de Cacao has a light chocolate flavor.

For the cupcakes, I substituted the liquid ingredients in the batter with two espresso martinis.  Texturally, the recipe works but the intensity of the alcohol needs some refining but what I came up with for the icing is absolute perfection and I’d like to share the Irish love with you and how to decorate the shamrock cupcakes. 

To decorate the cupcakes, I took inspiration from classic Irish Belleek.

belleck photo from Belleek.

st. patrick's day boozy cupcakes

Making the basket weave is not difficult.  I used a #47 piping tip.

st. patrick's day boozy cupcakes

What is very cool about this tip is that it is smooth on one side and grooved on the other.  This one tip will make both the smooth lines and the wavy lines of the basket weave.

Here’s how to make the basket weave design.

how to pipe a basket weave design

To finish decorating the top of the cupcake I made a shell border with a #14 decorating tip and brushed the border and the wavy cross lines with gold luster powder after the icing had crusted.

st. patrick's day boozy cupcakes

For the shamrock cupcake top decoration, I melted white candy coating and placed it in the Oreo mold using just the shamrock indentation. 

oreo shamrock

When the shamrock hardened in the fridge, I popped it out of the mold and brushed on luster powders over the shamrock in mallard green and gold and secured it on top of the cupcake with a dab of icing.

You can read the tutorial on making chocolate covered Oreos using the mold HERE.

I also think the cupcakes are pretty without the gold powder and more like the Belleek’s tone-on-tone pattern.

st. patrick's day boozy cupcakes

Either way…

st. patrick's day boozy cupcakes

Remember to eat these St. Patty’s Day cupcakes responsibly.  Winking smile

Bailey’s Original Irish Cream, Frangelico and Crème de Cacao Buttercream Icing Recipe – original recipe by Marilyn

2 lbs. powdered sugar, sifted

1 1/3 c. butter, softened

1/2 c. amount total combination of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico and light Crème de Cacao (I used mostly Bailey’s then added a splash of Frangelico and Crème de Cacao each to bring it up to the 1/2 c. amount)

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (can substitute vanilla extract)

1/4 c. milk, to thin out to piping or spreading consistency

Beat butter with powdered sugar and liqueurs alternately.  Add vanilla and continue to beat.  Add enough milk to thin to piping or spreading consistency.

Makes approximately 5 cups.   Enough for 2 dozen cupcakes plus a few generous spatula tastings.

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  1. Oh Myyyyyyyy!
    I could use a dozen of those today!

    Love and Hugs,
    Mrs. Kindergarten…aka…Madame Spoiled

  2. Wow! I think you’ve outdone yourself! I love the tutorial!

  3. Your title caught my attention– WOW! These cupcakes sound great and look beautiful. I wonder if I could actually make them and not eat all the batter before I put any of them in the oven 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Oh my, you had me at the headline….Gosh, they are beautiful and sound delicious. Wow!

  5. Wow you need to open a shop! Love these too pretty to eat!

  6. This should have its own special food group on that pyramid!
    xo Cathy

  7. Marilyn….seriously you need your own show! FOOD NETWORK ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION? You are sooooooo talented. I am glad I dont’ live near you, I would insist on being your officlal taste tester and that could be very dangerous:)

  8. You get better every time. Seriously.

  9. Wow, almost to pretty to eat! Hugs and happy weekend wishes. P.S>Happy St. Pattys Day

  10. those cupcakes are so cute!!! You have such a nice blog with delicious recipes 😉

  11. hopflower says:

    These are truly beautiful. You are so talented.

  12. Truly beautiful. And booze too. Whats not to love. Urp.