Happy Valentine’s Day! Three weeks ago, I bought a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream for my friend’s birthday to make these Bailey’s cupcakes and just gave up. Honestly, sometimes baking sucks because I have so many random weird ingredients that I never use. One of those things that I’ve been avoiding buying is chocolate powder. My whole theory with baking/cooking is to only learn how to make things I like and nothing else. I controversially don’t like chocolate cake, so I’ve never bought chocolate powder.
If you look at my champagne cupcakes, I used a box mix because baking with alcohol is hard, and I want to minimize things I can mess up. Similarly, I used a box mix for this cake as well. I highly recommend using Devil Food cake or any moist cake mix. Alternatively, I think this recipe would be great for brownies as well.
Just a little background, I love baking, so, naturally, all my friends bought me baking books and gear for my birthday. My lovely best friend Erin bought me the cutest little molds that make fun shapes, including hearts and roses. Although super cute, I don’t recommend making chocolate cake in these molds because they are a b**** to clean and the shape is a lot more defined with a white cake. If you want to be fun and cute with your shape, make brownies and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
48 Cupcake liners
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp instant coffee
1 box chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup Baileys
2 tbsp Bailey’s
1-3 cups powdered sugar
2 packages of cream cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 or whatever is recommended on the box. Line cupcake tin with liners.
- Warm up water for 1 minute in the microwave and mix in instant coffee till dissolved. Place in the freezer until cooled.
- Mix box cake mix, coffee, eggs and vegetable oil till smooth.
- Slowly add to Bailey’s till you reach the desired texture taste. If it tastes too alcoholic, add milk.
- Fill up cupcakes till 3/4 full.
- Bake for the time suggest on box, 18-24 minutes.
- Top with frosting or powdered sugar.
- Beat room temperature cream cheese till smooth and soft.
- Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp Bailey and combine.
- Adjust and add powdered sugar and Bailey’s to taste and desired consistency.