St Patrick's Day Cupcakes

St Patrick's Day Cupcakes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: St Patrick's Day, chocolate cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Laureen King
St Patrick's Day Cupcakes start with a sensational "made from scratch" chocolate cupcake recipe, then are decorated with a Baileys Irish cream frosting topped with a white chocolate shamrock.
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  • 2/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 7 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream
  • For Shamrock Decorations
  • 8 oz good quality white chocolate
  • green gel food colouring


  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Line cupcake pan with paper liners for 18 cupcakes
  • Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy.
  • In separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add alternately flour mix and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating just until smooth.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan/cupcakes.
  • Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.
  • Baileys Irish Cream Frosting
  • Beat butter and icing sugar together until fluffy.
  • Add 7 tablespoons of Baileys Irish Cream, beat until well combined.
  • If necessary add more Irish Cream until desired consistency.
  • Shamrock White Chocolate Wafers
  • Melt 1 cup white chocolate in double boiler or microwave (50% power). Spread evenly onto parchment paper.
  • Before Chocolate cools, dip tip of toothpick into green food colouring gel. Then using tip of toothpick make swirls into the chocolate
  • Let cool, then cut out shape with Shamrock cookie cutter.
  • You may have to cool in fridge for short time to harden enough to cut shapes.


Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1.2mg