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February 20, 2013

Irish Cream Rainbow Cupcakes

Irish Cream Rainbow Cupcakes for St Patrick's Day

This is the same recipe I used for my Easter Egg Cupcakes but with one difference - this one has Irish Cream in - doubly so, in the batter as well as in the frosting!

I have to admit the Irish Cream gave this cupcake a very unique taste, and the smell whilst baking ... total delight {even more delighting when eating three in a row one}

Irish Cream Rainbow Cupcakes

{12 standard size cupcakes}

1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter, room temperature
2 Extra-Large Eggs
2 t Vanilla Essence
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 TB Baking Powder
1/3 cup Milk
2 TB Irish Cream Liqueur {Baileys is a nice one to use}
Red / Blue / Yellow / Green Food coloring

250g Cream Cheese, plain, room temperature
4 TB Butter, room temperature
1 t Vanilla Essence
2 TB Irish Cream Liqueur
4 - 6 cups Icing Sugar
Green Sugar Crystals {***see below how to make your own}

Toothpicks {optional}
Cupcake Toppers, see link to printable below {optional}

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Spray and line a muffin pan.
2.) Beat the Sugar and Butter together until creamy - add the Eggs and Vanilla - beat until well combined.
3.) Sift together the Flour and Baking Powder - add to the Sugar mixture and beat on low - add the Milk and Irish Cream, beat on low until combined.
4.) Divide the batter into 4 smaller bowls - add a few drops of each Food color {add as much or as little as you like, but rather start with less and then increase}
5.) Spoon into the prepared muffin pan - add teaspoonfuls of each color per hole, repeat until all the batter has been used - use a toothpick and roughly give each batter filled hole a swirl or two.
6.) Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until done when a tester comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

7.) Meanwhile make the frosting: Beat together the Cream Cheese, Butter, Vanilla and Irish Cream until smooth - add the Icing Sugar by the cup, whilst beating continuously, until you are satisfied with the consistency.

Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes, sprinkle with green Sugar Crystals and add a cupcake topper, glued onto a toothpick, to each cupcake.

***Green Sugar Crystals - use plain White Sugar - add a drop of green food coloring and stir - the more you stir, the quicker the Sugar will dry and not become clumpy ***

You can find the link to these printables HERE
These are the same toppers I used in my Irish Dirt Pudding - only difference, I left these square and with the Pudding I cut the round shapes


  1. very cute, i love how youre using all the free printables. I pin them then forget to use them.

  2. Baileys in a cupcake? I have got to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing :)

    Visiting from the Inspiration Gallery link party :)

  3. Your cupcakes look beautiful, and they sound absolutely delicious. I adore Bailey's!

  4. What fun Cupcakes! I found you on What'd You Do This Weekend!

  5. YUM!
    I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here:

  6. there is nothing better than a boozy cupcake, yummo!

  7. What lovely cupcakes! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}.

    Have a fabulous week,

    Hugs Mary Beth

  8. Linda these look delicious! Another fantastic recipe.

  9. These look fantastic!!!If I used a mini muffin pan how long do you think I need to bake them?

    I can't wait to take them to work!


  10. How cool! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Have a great week!
    Susie @bowdabra

  11. Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I've pinned it!

  12. These cupcakes are being featured today (Monday) at
    Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to see what to link up at Tuesday Trivia.
    I also featured your Pot-o-Gold. Thanks again.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  13. How fun is this? LOVE it! Thanks for sharing at March Madness

    1. We craft with ribbons and others craft with FOOD! Thank you for creating such a crafty recipe! We are featuring you and 15 of our other favorite Foodie Post today in our Crafty St. Patrick's Day Food Art projects from some of our favorite Bowdabra Friends!

      Congrats! Thanks for all of your St Patty food ideas!

      Susie @Bowdabra


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