Festive Irish Cream Glazed Cupcakes

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March brings the beginning of spring, Easter 2013 and of course St. Patty’s Day. I never really understood it until we lived in Chicago for 2 years. It’s such a big deal not only for the partiers but more as a celebration of the history of America. St. Patrick’s Day is actually a religious feast day celebrated by wearing of green in honor of Ireland’s colors and a brief retreat from the restrictions of Lent. However in the US, it’s seen more as a day to drink beer and wear “Kiss me, I’m Irish” buttons. Although if you’ve never been to Chicago when they dye the river green and I mean neon green, you are definitely missing out!

My family is like many Americans with a hodgepodge of different nationalities in my background, Irish being one of them. So let the party begin with these Dr. Pepper cupcakes topped with a little buttercream (the DP makes ‘em sweet) and some Bailey’s Irish Crème Glaze!

Bailey cupcake 1

 

Ingredients:

1 German Chocolate Cake mix

12 oz. of Dr. Pepper or Diet Dr. Pepper

3 eggs

¼ cup of olive oil

Buttercream Recipe (used some leftover from another project)

2 – 3 tbsp. Bailey’s Irish Crème Liquor

½ cup of powdered sugar

Assorted chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc. to Decorate

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and place cute cupcake liners in pan.
  2. In a large bowl put cake mix and Dr. Pepper. Wait until the foam subsides a little before stirring with a wooden spoon or hand mixer.drp cupcakes
  3. Add egg and oil and stir/beat until fully incorporated.
  4. Fill cupcake liners to ¾ full adding chocolate chips to some for a fun ‘surprise’ and bake for 18 – 20 minutes.baileys prebake
  5. Let cupcakes cool fully before decorating.
  6. Put frosting (Recipe) in a piping bag with a large round tip or put in a sandwich bag and cut a ¼ inch hole.
  7. Make glaze by mixing liquor and powdered sugar until completely incorporated. Should not have any lumps and flow freely.
  8. Frost and then drizzle glaze and apply sprinkles.baileys cupcake finish 2

 

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