Saturday, March 10, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

These are actually called something else, which gives a negative connontation with car bombs.  Due to the offense of that name, abbreviated ICB, I've updated this post to reflect a new title.

While I dont personally like either the drink or the name of it, I couldn't resist taking a go at making these, after Sarah forwarded me a link to the recipe.   So, I've made some chances and, the verdicts from neighbors, my MIL, Peter, and the kiddos is in... These are a new keeper.  A big thanks to our neighbors, C and D, who gave us the Guinness substitute we used!  Normally, I'm not an Irish gal who'd substitute her Guinness for anything, but in these delicious cupcakes, the chocolate stoudt is to die for!  Dont even bother looking at the calories... I didnt because, really, I dont want to know.

The ganache makes extra (enough to layer a 9" cake) and the icing makes enough extra to ice said cake.  On top of the 24 cupcakes.

For the cupcakes:
1 cup Brooklyn Brewing Co. Black Chocolate Stoudt
1 cup salted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 dark unsweetened cocoa
1 1/3 cup A.P. flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup Greek yogurt

For the ganache:
7.5oz 56% Icelandic chocolate (Sirus, bittersweet)
2/3 cup half and half
2 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
1tbsp Red Breast 12 year Irish whiskey (Middleton's is my fave but my stepdad would have a FIT if he even thought that I cooked with that!  Don't worry, Dad!!!)

For the frosting:
2 cups salted butter, room temp
5 cups powdered sugar
6 tbsp (1/4 plus 1/8 cup) Bailey's Irish cream

1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line 24 cupcake cups with liners.  Bring the stoudt and butter to a simmer over medium heat.  Add the cocoa and whisk until smooth.  Remove from heat.  Whisk the flours, sugars, baking soda, and salt together and set aside.  Beat the eggs and yogurt on medium to combine; add in the chocolate mixture.  Reduce to low and add the dry ingredients a tbsp at a time until incorporated.  Divide the batter into the cupcakes.  Bake for 17min or until done.  Cool completely.

2.  Finely chop the chocolate for the ganache and place it in a heatproof bowl.  Heat the half and half until simmering and pour it over the chocolate.  After 1min, begin to whisk.  Add the butter and whiskey.  Place in the fridge for an hour, until it becomes thick and cooled.  Place on the counter for another hour.  You'll be piping this into the cupcakes.

3.  Using the whisk attachment, whisk the butter for the frosting until fluffy.  A half cup at a time, beat in the sugar.  Finally, beat in the Irish cream and continue until fully incorporated.

4.  Piping in the ganache: use a cupcake filler and cut out the center of the cupcake, filling it with the ganache and then placing the cake back over the hole.

5.  Frost the cupcake.  I like to fill a ziplock with the frosting, cut off the tip, and pipe it around the top.  Sprinkle some green sugar on top to complete the perfect St. Patrick's Day look!

6.  EAT.  EAT.  EAT.  And try to remember to share. :)


Anonymous said...

Do me a favor, as an Irishman who served in the armed services in Northern Ireland I was one of the many that picked up children's body parts after the IRA detonated car bombs. Perhaps you would like to rename them 9/11 cupcakes???!!

Michele said...

As I said in the start, I dont particularly care for the name of them; however, this is what they are mainstreamly called.

I personally think the name is offensive (of the drink as well). And, I'm sorry if the post offended you.