Baileys and Chocolate Cupcakes

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I thought I’d have a go at making my usual chocolate cupcakes but with a splash of Baileys to get you all in the Christmas spirit.

There’s something about Baileys Irish cream that makes me feel very festive. I’m not sure why, but maybe because I only ever drink it in December…usually after dinner having eaten far too much or snuggled up in front of the fire after a long, wintry walk.

So if you need something to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, why not try and make these creamy, chocolatey cupcakes; after all ’tis the season to over-indulge and make-merry.

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Here’s how (makes 12):

  • 100g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 40g butter
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g dark chocolate chunks (I usually use Bourneville)
  • 2 tbsp Baileys Irish cream

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Baileys buttercream icing:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100ml Baileys
  • 80g soft butter

Method:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 170C (150C fan) and line a cupcake tray with paper cases
  2. Sift flour and mix sugar, baking powder, salt and butter together
  3. Pour half the milk until well combined
  4. Whisk the egg, vanilla, Baileys and remaining milk in a separate bowl and pour into flour mixture
  5. Blend until smooth and spoon into cupcake cases until two thirds full
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until skewer comes out clean then place on cooling rack

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For the Bailey buttercream icing:

  1. Sift icing sugar and mix in butter until well blended
  2. Slowly pour the Baileys into the mixture until light and fluffy
  3. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe onto the chocolate cupcakes
  4. Grate over dark chocolate to finish

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Have yourselves a Merry little Christmas…

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