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Irish Coffee Cupcakes in green cupcake liners on a plate with a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream in the background.
Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
38 mins
"These Irish Coffee Cupcakes are divine", said my neighbor. I agree! They start with a simple box of dark chocolate cake mix, have all the ingredients for an Irish coffee stirred in and then are topped with an Irish Cream Frosting.
Course: Desserts/Sweets
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: Holiday Favorites, Quick and Easy, St. Patrick's Day Recipes
Servings: 24
Calories: 390 kcal
  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • cup melted butter
  • ½ cup strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey optional
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • green sugar sprinkles optional
Irish Cream Frosting:
  • cups  unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 6 cups sifted powdered sugar
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºLine two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine the cake mix, eggs, melted butter, coffee and whiskey in a large bowl. Whisk until the batter is smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the cake batter into the muffin pans so the muffin cups are filled about two thirds full.
  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 350ºTest the cupcakes for doneness by inserting a wooden skewer into the center of one – it should come out clean with no uncooked batter left on the skewer. Transfer the pans to a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and let them cool completely on a cooling rack.
  4. Make the frosting. Whip the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add the Irish cream liquor and powdered sugar and beat for another 2 minutes, until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. Set aside.
  5. Ice the cupcakes. You can spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes with a spatula making swirls on top, or pipe the frosting on with a piping bag and star tip. Sprinkle some green sugar sprinkles on top of the frosting if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 189mg8%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.