Monday, 3 January 2011

Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys ganache filling and Baileys buttercream icing

Happy New Year 2011!! Hope everyone had a good time. Incidentally my blog is also 1 year old today so happy birthday to my blog :) Lots of reasons to celebrate.

I went to a fabulous New Years Eve party and made some boozy cupcakes for the occasion.  I decided on a slightly Irish theme - Guinness cupcakes with Baileys ganache filling topped with Baileys buttercream icing! I had lots of ganache left over so I rolled those into little truffle balls.  I have to admit that I didn't follow the recipe exactly when measuring the Baileys. I just kept pouring until it looked about right! The Baileys is quite strong in the ganache and icing but I don't think anyone got drunk on my cakes! The guinness cake was quite dense and you can't really taste the Guinness in it.  I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes today to go with the leftover Baileys frosting which works better as the frosting by itself is delicious.
Here's to another year of fabulous baking. Thank you everyone for reading, commenting and/or stopping by. I hope 2011 brings you everything you wish for and more.


 guinness and butter 

 ready to go in the oven -the batter is quite liquid but cooks well 

 adding Baileys to the chocolate ganache - i used a 'glug' method! 

 make a hole in the centre of the cake 

 fill with ganache and replace the cover

 cakes and truffles at the party 

Makes ~ 20
For the Guinness cake 
250mls Guinness
225g butter
85g cocoa powder
220g flour
250g caster sugar
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
157mls sour cream

For the Baileys ganache filling
225g bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
157mls heavy cream
28g butter
2 teaspoon Baileys Irish cream (I just poured - see pic!)

For the Baileys buttercream frosting
113g unsalted butter, at room temperature
330-440g icing sugar, sifted
4-8 tablespoon Baileys Irish cream (again I just poured it in!)

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Combine Guinness and butter in a medium pan over medium heat. 
  • Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool slighlty. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and sour cream to blend. 
  • Add the guinness-butter mixture and beat just to combine.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed until just incorporated.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  • Bake until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 17 minutes.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • To make the ganache filling, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. 
  • Heat the cream in a small saucepan until simmering, then pour it over the melted chocolate.
  • Let sit for one minute and then whisk until smooth. 
  • Add the butter and Baileys and stir until combined. 
  • Set aside to let the ganache cool until it is thick enough to be piped. 
  • Meanwhile, cut out a portion from the centre of the cupcake.  Once the ganache has reached the correct consistency, transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a wide tip and pipe it into the cupcakes. (I was in a hurry so mine were a little liquid but it still worked fine)
  • To make the frosting, place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  • Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the icing sugar until it is all incorporated. 
  • Mix in the Baileys until smooth. 


  1. OMG those sound amazing! I wish I had one right now - YUM:) Cheers to a Happy & Delicious New Year - looking forward to more of your fabulous posts!

  2. What an incredible combination. I think adults would gobble these cupcakes up! Happy blog Birthday to you

  3. Happy New Year and Happy 1st Birthday to your blog too! I'm going to have to try that frosting recipe out, sounds too good to
    me ;0)

  4. Happy new year and happy birthday - here's to the next year of delicious bakes!

    I love that, at a time of year when people are cutting back on booze, you make a cupcake using two different kinds. Hurrah for you!

  5. Happy Blog Birthday and Happy New Year! You're right, there is plenty to celebrate including these lovely cupcakes! :D

  6. Happy Blogiversary! Wishing you another fabulous year!

  7. Very decadent, perfect for a celebration!
    Happy 1st birthday to your blog, its been a pleasure checking out all the fabulous things you've made so far.
    *kisses* HH


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