Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Caramel Ganache Filling

Bailey's Irish Cream Cupcakes

Our last name is Kelley so come St. Patrick’s Day, we like to think we are Irish and celebrate.  My husband has researched the genealogy of our family, though, and there really isn’t very much Irish in our lineage.  But that has never stopped us before.  Last year he actually made us an Irish dinner.  It was such a fun surprise as he doesn’t cook. At all.  He did a great job, however, and everything tasted wonderful.

If you are Irish and legitimately have a reason to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, or are like us, and just want to have an excuse to join in, this cupcake recipe would be a great place to start.  I made these for a family get-together last summer, and everyone really liked them.  The Bailey’s Irish Cream taste is present, but subtle.  One of the things we liked most about them is that they were amazingly moist and chocolaty and the frosting was so creamy and delicious. If you like chocolate and caramel and rich desserts, you will love these.

I thought maybe my husband would want to continue with his tradition of cooking on St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday.  But he told me he thought he would like to go to an Irish Pub to celebrate this year.  As for me, I would rather just stay home and eat cupcakes!  We each have our own way of appreciating our Irish heritage.


For the Cupcake:

  • 1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 c melted butter (not margarine)
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1/3 c Bailey’s Irish Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add cake mix, eggs, butter, Bailey’s, and milk, and mix on low until combined.  Then mix on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into paper lined cupcake pans.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, testing to see if done with a toothpick.
  5. Cool completely.

For Chocolate-Caramel Ganache:

  • 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3.5 oz. caramels (about 10-12 candies unwrapped)
  • 1 c heavy whipping cream
  1. Place chopped chocolate in medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a medium sauce pan, heat whipping cream and caramels over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the caramels have melted completely.
  3. Pour caramel cream over chocolate and stir until melted.

For Bailey’s Buttercream:

  • 1 c shortening
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 c powdered sugar
  • 1/3-1/2 c Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1/4-1/3 c heavy Whipping Cream
  • Caramel Syrup for Garnish
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and vanilla for 2-4 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  3. Combine Bailey’s with cream in measuring cup and slowly add to sugar mixture, using more cream for a creamy consistency, and less milk for a stiff consistency.

To Assemble:

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut out a cone-shaped section of the cupcake and set it aside, setting next to each cupcake.
  2. Fill cupcake holes with ganache, and place cake back over hole.
  3. Top cupcakes with buttercream.
  4. Garnish with remaining ganache and caramel syrup.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Recipe courtesy of TidyMom

About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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4 Responses to Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Caramel Ganache Filling

  1. I never – and I mean NEVER – would have thought to use Bailey’s Irish Cream in baking. What a fabulous idea! Thank you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    hey. love your blog. iam not read english very well. i have achocolate blog to but it is write in hebrew – iam from israel 🙂

    • cookazido says:

      Thank you very much! I looked at your blog, and wasn’t able to read it, but the pictures of the chocolate looked wonderful! Chocolate is an international language don’t you think?:) I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog. Best wishes to you in your chocolate making!

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