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Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake baked with chunks of holiday OREO cookies topped with whipped peppermint buttercream loaded with candy cane chunks makes my Dairy Queen Blizzard inspired Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes the perfect holiday treat!

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No, I didn’t get paid to make these cupcakes.  Instead, inspiration hit me at a time in my life when I thought baking wasn’t a passion anymore… that I was burnt out on cupcakes.

Last week, my family and I were watching TV and a DQ commercial for candy cane oreo Blizzards came on and I said WOAH that sounds delish.  No naturally we went to DQ to try them and of course they were delicious.

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I had not felt inspiration to bake something new in 10 months.  This feeling was strangely familiar but it somehow felt different, but I knew I had to see it through to the end.

So, I went to the grocery store, bought all the supplies (can you believe that the candy canes were hard to find?!!) and scheduled a day to bake.

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The DQ Blizzard has big chunks of candy cane and OREO in it, so I knew I wanted my Candy Cane Oreo Cupcake to have the same.  I started with my dark chocolate cake recipe and filled it with pieces of OREO.

Next, my traditional whipped buttercream got kicked up a notch by adding peppermint extract and tons of crushed candy canes to it.

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I couldn’t decide how I wanted to garnish these cupcakes, so I did it a few different ways.  All of the sides were lined with crushed candy canes and some were topped with an OREO chunk, crumbles or a candy cane.

The peppermint chocolate combination is one of my favorites for the holiday season and these cupcakes do not disappoint!

Happy Holidays!

Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Candy Cane Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate OREO Cupcakes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 12 OREO cookies, crushed into chunks

Candy Cane Buttercream

  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 18 mini candy canes
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes, for decorating
  • OREO cookie pieces, for decorating

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Add the chunked OREOS and toss to coat. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. Crush candy canes in a food processor until they are very fine, small pieces. Divide in half.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix the butter until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add half the sugar and mix until combined. Add the remaining sugar and mix until incorporated.
  4. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the peppermint extract and half the cream. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the remaining cream until you reach your desired consistency. Less cream for stiffer frosting, more cream for softer.
  6. Mix on high speed for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  7. Using a large round piping tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  8. Press crushed candy cane pieces onto the side of each cupcake.
  9. Top with an OREO or candy cane piece or however else you want to decorate it!
  10. Eat and enjoy!

 

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Curious George Party

Create an inexpensive, colorful, and fun Curious George Party using these simple and creative ideas!

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A month after my family moved from Germany to Virginia, my son turned 4 years old and I needed to put together a party for him.   The party was only going to be family so the party didn’t have to be too elaborate, but I still wanted it to be special.  I decided to create a dessert table as the focal point for the party.

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I covered the sideboard the eat-in kitchen area of my living room with a white table runner.  Instead of completely covering the entire sideboard, the white create a neutral color to showcase everything that sat on top.

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Since this is a Curious George Party, I chose to use primary colors in all my decor… red, yellow, and blue. I purchased inexpensive cake stands in yellow and white from Target and Home Goods and used a crystal cake stand I already had.  Using pedestals creates height on the table and adds drama.

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Using balloons as a backdrop is one of my favorite ways to decorate.  I had my husband run to the party store the morning of the party so the balloons would stay up all day.  Placing them behind the sideboard created an easy, inexpensive, height-creating, dramatic look that tied all the colors of the party together.

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I already had these tissue tassels from earlier parties, so I strung the colors I wanted on bakers twine and hung it front of the sideboard.  Party supply stores sell these premade as well as vendors on ETSY, so if you wanted to save yourself some time I’d suggest buying from there.  Making tissue tassels is very time-consuming!

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Finally, I bought red and yellow paper plates and napkins from the party supply store and set them out on the sideboard to add more color.  It also wouldn’t be a Curious George party without Curious George himself! So I placed a few of the books we had around the house and one on the side table!

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If you know anything about me, you know that I can never just make one dessert for a party.  Ha!  I always make at least two, usually three or four… regardless of how many people will be attending the party!  For Matty’s Curious George Party, I made these chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.  Now since the flavors, which Matty requested, were basic I needed to make sure that the colors of the cupcakes matched the theme.

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For the liners, I used Sweets & Treats Boutique yellow dot #BakeBright grease-proof cupcake liners</a>.  I topped the cupcakes with a blue buttercream, red jimmies and yellow banana candies.  Matty picked out Curious George rings from the cake supply store and they brought the entire cupcake together on theme!

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The cake was a banana cake with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  Not only did I have some ripe bananas on hand, the banana flavor paired perfectly with the Curious George theme.  Monkeys love bananas!

I topped the cake with Curious George on a train and filled the train car with banana candies.  I carried over the red jimmies from the cupcakes on to the cake and displayed it all on the white and yellow stand.  Everything is coordinating without being too matchy-matchy.

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For the cake, I baked Emme’s banana bread in two 6-in round cake pans.  I sliced them in half creating four layers.  I filled and topped the cake with brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  I used my pipeable cream cheese frosting recipe and subbed Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese for regular cream cheese and added 1 tsp cinnamon.  It was DELICIOUS!

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I found a #4 cookie cutter at the cake supply store and made a single batch of my soft sugar cookies and frosted them with blue buttercream.  I love how cutting the cookies in a number 4 added a subtle, personalized touch to the party.

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To add another dimension of fun to the dessert table, I purchased red, yellow and blue candies from the party supply store.  I displayed them in an inexpensive bowl but the impact of it was super cute and Matty loves getting a piece or two of candy from the bowl even after his party is over.

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Matty picked the Curious George theme based on the cake and cupcake toppers he saw at the cake supply store.  He really enjoyed watching me put it together for him in the days leading up to his party!

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I created a coordinating focal point using a second sideboard I had in the same room by covering it completely.  I used an inexpensive disposable table cover and essentially wrapped it like a gift securing the extra behind the sideboard.  This area was used for displaying the gifts and it created a place to put the one activity I had planned.

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Speaking of party activities, since there was only going to be Matty at this party, I didn’t need to plan a bunch of activities.  Instead, I simply left half of the number four sugar cookies unfrosted and set out the buttercream and toppings I used on the cupcakes with them for my guests to decorate themselves!

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I’m not sure who had more fun, Uncle Greg, Grandpa or Matty.

It was a pretty special day for Matty.  Not only was it his 4th birthday, but he met his Grandma Linda for the first time.

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It was also the first time in 15 years that Dave’s side of the family was under the same roof.  It was pretty amazing that son could bring them all together again.  It was a very special day.

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Cupcake liners – Sweets & Treats Boutique
Balloons &candy – Party City
Cake & cupcake toppers, red jimmies & candy bananas – Fran’s Cake & Candy Supply Store

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chocolate cupcakes with milk chocolate ganache frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Milk Chocolate Ganache

 

My favorite chocolate cupcakes with whipped milk chocolate ganache.

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Lately, I’ve acquired a bit of a YouTube obsession. I watch cooking and baking videos all the time. I was watching My Cupcake Addiction and realized that I have been not making ganache correctly. Well, making ganache is the easiest thing in the world, it is two ingredients – chocolate and cream. The part that I was getting wrong was not letting it stand to firm up. I tried making whipped ganache before and it wasn’t firm enough to pipe. After watching a video about ganache, I realized that my problem was that I didn’t let it firm up again after I whipped it.

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Now that I’ve figured it out, I might not ever need to make another frosting. It is light and fluffy, and so chocolatey. And you can use whatever kind of chocolate you like, dark or white also work here. If you would like a smoother frosting, you can skip the whipping step and just spread the thickened ganache over your cupcakes.

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These cupcakes are so simple to make and are so elegant. I found these chocolate straws in a gourmet shop, they are so pretty and are the perfect finishing touch to these cupcakes.

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Milk Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Milk Chocolate Ganache

Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 33 minutes

A rich chocolate cupcake with whipped milk chocolate ganache frosting.

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • 1 small box chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whipped Milk Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1 (12-oz) bag milk chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. heavy cream
  • chocolate straws (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two muffin tins with 18 paper liners.
  2. Add cake mix ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat well, about 3 minutes, scrapping the bowl occasionally.
  3. Divide batter evenly between muffin tin. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: add chocolate chips and cream to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 one minute. Stir. Cook for another minute. Stir until completely smooth. (Microwave times vary, repeat in 20-30 intervals if needed to completely melt the chips.)
  5. Press plastic wrap onto the surfact of the chocolate. Let stand for 1-2 hours to thicken, Add chocolate mixture to an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until whipped, about 3-4 minutes. Cover again and let firm up, about an hour. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe onto cupcakes and add chocolate straws for decoration.

 

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Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake filled with creamy chocolate ganache topped with decadent peanut butter Butterfinger buttercream and a chocolate Butterfinger candy make these Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes a Butterfinger lovers dream!

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Inspiration for new cupcakes flavors and combinations comes from unexpected places.  These Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes were born when my daughter’s music teacher reached out and asked if I’d make something for his wife’s birthday.  He told me that his wife absolutely loves Butterfinger candy bars and asked if I could make something like the Butterfinger ice cream cake he saw on my blog.

An ice cream cake might be a bit difficult for my daughter to transport to school with her, so we agreed on a cupcake version!

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These deluxe Butterfinger cupcakes started with my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe that I use every time I make chocolate cake or cupcakes.  It bakes up perfectly every time I use it.

Filling these cupcakes are a creamy, rich chocolate ganache that just oozes out of the center of the cupcake when you take a bite into it.

Topping the cupcake is my perfect peanut butter buttercream with the addition of chopped Butterfinger candy bars and a mini Butterfinger on top.

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Butterfinger cupcake perfection.

Enjoy!

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cucpakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Ganache Filling

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 200g heavy cream

Peanut Butter Butterfinger Frosting

  • 3 regular size Butterfinger bars
  • 24 mini Butterfingers (these come in a bag unwrapped)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (I use JIF)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ganache Filling

  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces and place in a small glass bowl.
  2. Heat the heavy cream in a small sauce pan until just simmering.
  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir slowly until all the chocolate has melted.
  5. Allow the ganache to almost cool completely to room temperature before piping into the cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Butterfinger Buttercream

  1. In your food processor set to high, crush the 3 Butterfinger bars until they are in very fine pieces.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and butter for 2-3 minutes. You want the color to lighten by a few shades.
  3. Add the powdered sugar, scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl again.
  5. Mix in the salt.
  6. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until the buttercream has become light and fluffy.
  7. Add the crushed Butterfingers and mix until combined.

Assembly

  1. Fit a piping bag with a Wilton #230 bismarck piping tip and fill with ganache.
  2. Press the piping tip into the center of each cupcake and fill the cupcake with ganache.
  3. Using a large round piping tip fitted on a piping bag filled with buttercream, pipe large swirls of frosting on the top of each cupcake.
  4. Garnish with a mini Butterfinger candy bar.

 

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Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes

Happy Birthday Kimmie!  Today I’m helping celebrate the birthday of my sweet blog friend Kimmie of Bake Love Give with these Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes!

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What better way to celebrate the birthday of a friend than with cupcakes… and alcohol.  These Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes are made with a chocolate liquor that adds a rich flavor to the cupcake and the chocolate buttercream.  The ultimate party cupcake!

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I’ve been online friends with Kimmie since almost the beginning of my blogging days.  To be honest, I can’t even remember what brought us together but I do know that she has been super supportive of my blogging career and has become a great friend.  It’s been fun to watch her grow in her blog over the last years.  I’m so thrilled to be helping celebrate her birthday today!

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Make sure to check out these other posts celebrating Kimmie’s birthday!
Happy Birthday to Me by Bake Love Give
Big’ n’ Soft Baked Dark Chocolate Donuts by Cupcake Rehab
Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes by JavaCupcake
Peanut Butter Oreo Truffles by Sarah’s Bake Studio
Raspberries & Cream Pie by Stetted
Brown Butter Crispy Rice Treats by A Less Processed Life
No Bake S’mores Cheesecake by The Seaside Baker

Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes

Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

Ingredients

Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup chocolate liquor
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

Drunken Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate, melted & slightly cooled
  • 1/4+ cup chocolate liquor
  • sprinkles, jimmies, anything you want for garnish!
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the liquor, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Drunken Chocolate Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the dark chocolate cocoa powder and mix on medium-high until combined.
  3. Pour in the melted, cool chocolate and mix until combined.
  4. Add the sugar and salt and mix until incorporated. The frosting will be very thick.
  5. Mix in the vanilla extract and chocolate liquor and mix until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again for 20 seconds. Add more liquor if you want a thinner, softer, loser frosting.
  6. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes, scrape the sides of the bowl and beat again for 1 more minute.

Assembly

  1. Using a large round piping tip on a piping bag, pipe a large dollop/mound of frosting onto the top of the cupcake.
  2. Press the cupcake and frosting upside down into a bowl of sprinkles until all of the frosting is covered. Use your hands to shape a dome.

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Guinness Bailey’s Biscoff Chocolate Cupcakes – The Most Epic Cupcakes Ever!

There’s really no other way to describe these Guinness Bailey’s Biscoff Chocolate Cupcakes than by just calling them what they are… The Most Epic Cupcakes Ever!

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My friends Christy and Stefan live a few hours from away from us here in Germany.  Stefan and Dave went to basic training together 10 years ago and have been friends ever since.  Christy and I met in 2007 and have been Army family every since too!  They two of them came over for a Friday night BBQ and Christy insisted I make her cupcakes!  She’s been watching me make them for the last 6 years but hasn’t had a chance to try them since we haven’t lived close enough.

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To mark this special occasion, I knew I needed to make something epic.  Seriously amazingly epic and fit for a couple of soldiers and indulgent enough to satisfy the wives.  So what did I decide on?

Beer.  Liquor. Chocolate.  Cookie Butter. Caramel.

Yeah… it really can’t get much more indulgent and epic than that.

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I started with my chocolate cupcake recipe but instead of coffee, I used a dark Guinness stout beer.  The beer flavor adds a richness and flavor that is so strong and decadent.  Chocolate and beer just go so perfectly together.  Topping these cupcakes is a swirl of Biscoff cookie butter frosting and a dollop of Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting and a hunk of a chocolate dipped Biscoff cookie.

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Most. Epic. Cupcakes. Ever.

I’m not lying.  Seriously.  If you need a cupcake that will WOW, IMPRESS and KNOCK THE SOCKS OFF your guests… make these cupcakes!

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Guinness Biscoff Bailey's Cupcakes

Guinness Biscoff Bailey's Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Guinness beer
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Biscoff Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 heaping cup creamy Biscoff cookie butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt

Bailey's Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 small (airline size) bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • Chocolate dipped Biscoff cookies
  • Caramel sauce (I used store bought)

Instructions

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the Guinness, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Biscoff Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the Biscoff and butter for 2-3 minutes. You want the color to lighten by a few shades.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Pour in the heavy cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl again.
  4. Mix in the salt.
  5. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until the buttercream has become light and fluffy.

Bailey's Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter for 30 seconds until smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Pour in the Bailey's and heavy cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl again.
  4. Mix in the salt.
  5. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until the buttercream has become light and fluffy.

Assembly

  1. Using a large round tip fitting on a piping bag full of the Biscoff buttercream, pipe a single swirl of frosting on top of the cupcake.
  2. Using a Wilton 1M star tip fitted on a piping bag full of the Bailey's buttercream, pipe a small swirl of frosting on top of the Biscoff buttercream.
  3. Drizzle the top of each cupcake with caramel syrup then garnish with a piece of a chocolate dipped Biscoff cookie tgh

 

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