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Chocolate Baileys Cupcakes

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Looking for a decadent and innovative dessert to impress your friends and family? Look no further than chocolate Baileys cupcakes! These cupcakes combine the richness of chocolate with the smooth creaminess of Baileys Irish Cream, creating a truly irresistible flavour combination.

With just a few simple ingredients and some basic baking skills, you can whip up a batch of these cupcakes that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

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Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking for a sweet treat to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon, chocolate Baileys cupcakes are the perfect indulgence.

So gather your ingredients and get ready to dive into a world of deliciousness!


You’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients and supplies before you start baking these delicious chocolate Baileys cupcakes.

First off,  you’ll need, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, vegetable oil, Baileys Irish Cream, and vanilla extract. Make sure to measure out all your ingredients accurately to ensure the cupcakes come out perfectly.

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When it comes to mixing the batter, be sure to mix all the dry ingredients together first before adding in the wet ingredients. This will help ensure that the batter is evenly mixed and that there are no clumps.

If you want to get creative with your cupcakes, you can try substituting some of the ingredients. For example, you can use almond milk instead of regular milk or try adding in some chocolate chips for an extra chocolaty treat. Just be sure to adjust the measurements accordingly.

With these mixing tips and ingredient substitutions, you’ll be on your way to making the best chocolate Baileys cupcakes you’ve ever tasted.


Mixing together the dry ingredients with the butter and eggs creates a smooth and rich batter that’ll leave your taste buds begging for more.

To start, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Using a whisk or fork, make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

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In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Next, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Now it’s time to combine the wet and dry ingredients. Slowly pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Be careful not to overmix as this can lead to tough cupcakes.

If you want to get creative, try adding in some alternative ingredients like espresso powder or chopped-up bits of your favourite chocolate bar. The possibilities are endless!

Once your batter is ready, it’s time to move on to the next step of baking these delicious Chocolate Baileys Cupcakes.


Now it’s time to take your batter up a notch by incorporating a smooth and velvety addition that’ll add just the right amount of boozy flavour to your delectable treats.

Adding Baileys to your chocolate cake batter is a game-changer in the world of baking. It’s a simple mixology tip that elevates your cupcakes from ordinary to extraordinary.

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You can also experiment with different Bailey’s alternatives to change up the flavour profile of your cupcakes. For example, try using Baileys Salted Caramel or Baileys Espresso Creme instead of the classic Baileys Irish Cream.

These alternatives will give your cupcakes a unique twist and make them stand out from the crowd. So go ahead and pour in the Baileys, and get ready to taste the difference it makes in your chocolate cupcakes.


As you slide your cupcake tray into the oven, make sure that the oven temperature is set to 350°F. This is the ideal temperature for baking cupcakes, as it ensures that the cupcakes cook evenly and don’t dry out.

If the oven temperature is too low, the cupcakes will take longer to cook, while if it’s too high, the cupcakes will burn. Additionally, you should always check the cupcakes after 15 minutes of baking to make sure they’re not overcooking.

When using cupcake liners, make sure that they’re placed in the muffin pan properly. The cupcake liners should be inserted into the muffin pan in a way that they’re straight and not crooked. This ensures that the cupcakes bake evenly and don’t spill over the edges of the liner.

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Baking time can vary depending on the size of the cupcakes, but generally, cupcakes should be baked for 18-20 minutes. Once the cupcakes are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool down completely before frosting them.

With these tips, your chocolate Baileys cupcakes will turn out perfectly moist and fluffy.


Let’s whip up a rich and creamy frosting that’ll complement the decadent flavour of our moist cupcakes. Start by melting some chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave until they’re smooth and shiny.

In a separate bowl, whip some heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Add a splash of Baileys Irish Cream and the melted chocolate to the whipped cream, and continue to beat until everything is well combined.

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For those looking for alternative liquors or frosting variations, feel free to get creative! Swap out the Baileys for Kahlua, Amaretto, or even a fruity liqueur like Chambord. You can also try adding in some espresso powder, cinnamon, or a pinch of salt for added depth of flavour.

Whatever you choose, remember to taste as you go and adjust the consistency with extra cream or powdered sugar as needed.

With a little bit of experimentation, you’ll have a unique and delicious frosting that’ll take your chocolate Baileys cupcakes to the next level.


Get ready to add some pizzazz to your sweet treats with creative and eye-catching decorations that’ll make your taste buds dance with joy.

Once your cupcakes are cooled and frosted with the delicious Baileys chocolate frosting, it’s time to make them stand out with frosting techniques and edible decorations.

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One simple way to add some flair to your cupcakes is to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in a fun and unique way. You can use a piping bag and tip to create swirls, rosettes, or even stars.

Another way to make your cupcakes look more appealing is to add edible decorations on top of the frosting, such as chocolate shavings, sprinkles, or even fresh fruits like raspberries or strawberries. The possibilities are endless, and you can let your creativity run wild to create the perfect decorations for your chocolate Baileys cupcakes.


There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a moist, flavorful cupcake that’s been decorated to perfection, and now it’s time to indulge in the delightful treats you’ve created.

But don’t just stop at the first bite! Take a moment to explore the different flavour combinations that come through with each mouthful. Notice how the rich, chocolatey goodness of the cupcake is perfectly balanced by the smooth, creamy frosting. And with a hint of Baileys in the mix, each bite is sure to leave you wanting more.

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But why stop at just the cupcake? The perfect pairing for these chocolate Baileys cupcakes is a glass of Baileys Irish Cream. As you take a sip, notice how the flavours of the cupcake and the Baileys complement each other, creating a truly indulgent experience. The sweetness of the Baileys brings out the richness of the chocolate, while the creaminess of the drink perfectly complements the frosting.

So go ahead, take another bite and sip, and savour the deliciousness of this perfect pairing.


How many calories are in each cupcake?

If you’re conscious about your health, you’re probably always on the lookout for nutritional information and the health benefits of the foods you eat. Knowing the calorie count of a particular item can guide you towards making informed choices for your meals.

From macronutrients to micronutrients, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to food. For instance, you might want to know the number of calories in a particular cupcake before indulging in it. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all calories are created equal.

Some foods may have more calories than others, but they also offer a lot of nutritional benefits that your body needs.

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Can I substitute Baileys with another type of alcohol?

As the saying goes, “variety is the spice of life.” So, if you’re looking to switch things up with your cupcakes, you may be wondering if you can substitute Baileys with another type of alcohol. The answer is yes!

Instead of Baileys, you could try using rum to give your cupcakes a different flavour profile. But what about the frosting? If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option, consider using a cream cheese or whipped cream frosting instead. These options will still provide a delicious complement to your cupcakes without the added alcohol.

So go ahead and get creative with your baking – who knows what delicious combinations you’ll come up with next!

How long can I store the cupcakes for?

When it comes to long-term storage of baked goods, it’s important to take optimal storage conditions into consideration. You want to make sure that you’re storing your cupcakes in a cool, dry place that is free from direct sunlight.

This will help to prevent any moisture from building up, which can cause your cupcakes to become stale or mouldy over time. It’s also a good idea to store your cupcakes in an airtight container, as this will help to keep them fresh for longer.

If you’re looking to store your cupcakes for an extended period of time, you may want to consider freezing them. This can help to preserve their freshness for up to several months, as long as they are properly wrapped and sealed.

With the right storage techniques, you can enjoy your cupcakes long after they’ve been baked!

Can I make these cupcakes without a mixer?

Mixing by hand can seem daunting, but did you know that before electric mixers were invented, bakers had to mix everything by hand? It’s true!

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While using a mixer may be more efficient, mixing by hand can still yield delicious results. If you don’t have a mixer on hand, fear not! There are a few tips for success that can make the process easier.

First, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. This will make them easier to mix together by hand. You can also use a whisk or a fork to help break up any lumps. Lastly, be patient! Mixing by hand may take a bit longer, but the end result will be worth it.

With these tips in mind, you can confidently mix up a batch of cupcakes without a mixer.

Can I use a different type of frosting instead of Bailey’s chocolate frosting?

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to switch up the frosting on your cupcakes, there are plenty of alternative frosting options you can try. Instead of Bailey’s chocolate frosting, why not experiment with a cream cheese frosting or a classic buttercream?

You could even add a twist by incorporating different flavors, like raspberry or espresso. If you’re looking to substitute the Baileys altogether, consider using a different liqueur or even a non-alcoholic option like coffee or hot cocoa.

The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new. Who knows, you might just discover a new favorite frosting recipe!

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Whether you're hosting a dinner party or just looking for a sweet treat to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon, chocolate Baileys cupcakes are the perfect indulgence. So gather your ingredients and get ready to dive into a world of deliciousness!



  • 1/2 cup  (112g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup  (207g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) water
  • 6 tbsp (43g) Hershey’s Dark Cocoa Blend
  • 1 cup (130g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) milk


  • 1/2 cup (112g) salted butter
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 2 tbsp (14g) cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4–5 tbsp (60-75ml) Baileys
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  • 8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 tbsp (75ml) Baileys Irish Cream
  • 5 tbsp (75ml )heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Beat butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended.
  • Add vanilla, water and cocoa powder to another bowl and whisk until smooth. Mixture will be thick.
  • Add chocolate mixture to batter and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  • Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk to the batter. Begin by adding half of the dry mix, then mix well. Add the milk and mix well, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until smooth.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 way. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool about 2-3 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • To make the frosting, combine the butter and shortening in a large bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Add the cocoa, vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of Baileys and mix until smooth.
  • Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Add remaining Baileys as needed and mix until smooth, keeping an eye on the consistency of the frosting so it doesn’t get too thin. Set aside.
  • When the cupcakes are cooled, make the chocolate ganache. Put the chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl.
  • Combine the Baileys and heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup and heat in the microwave until it just begins to boil.
  • Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and whisk until smooth.
  • Cut out the centers of the cupcakes. You can use a cupcake corer or a knife.
  • Fill the centers of the cupcakes with chocolate ganache.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. I used Ateco tip 808, a large round tip.
  • Use the remaining chocolate ganache to pipe onto the cupcakes for decoration, then add sprinkles if using.
  • Refrigerate cupcakes until ready to serve. Serve at room temperature. Cupcakes are best for 2-3 days.

WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You’ve made it to the end of this delicious recipe! Now it’s time to indulge in the rich, chocolaty goodness of your very own homemade chocolate Baileys cupcakes. Take a deep breath and savour the aroma of your hard work as you sink your teeth into the moist, decadent cake.

As the saying goes, “a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach,” and with these cupcakes, you’re sure to win over any heart.

Share them with your loved ones or keep them all to yourself – we won’t judge! Just be sure to have a glass of milk or a cup of coffee nearby to complement the sweet, boozy flavors of these delectable treats.

So go ahead, take a bite and let the velvety chocolate and indulgent Baileys frosting dance on your taste buds. You deserve it!

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