Monday, April 2, 2012

Irish Cream Vanilla Cupcake Recipe and Awards



I absolutely love Jelly Beans the original brand!
Pear flavor is what I am hooked on,  how about you?


 This inspiration to make these cupcakes came from a great blogging friend who recently was so gracious to give me an award. Thank you!  Becky for Baking and Cooking A Tale of Two Loves, for her wonderful kids version or adult, try her vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting,  hop over and visit her gorgeous photo's of her vanilla Easter Cupcakes!

I have a terrible story that started out my adventure today in decorating my cupcakes! My Jelly Bean holder (Becky has one too but see how cute hers is here). Was infested!

I made the cupcakes, then when I went to go decorate them with my favorite jelly beans, ( I have to put coins in mine since it's like a bank) hundreds of sugar ants came scattering out with the jelly beans. OH my!!!!!! did I ever cringe, scream and was totally disgusted! These jelly beans were from Christmas no telling how long they were in this glass holder, thank goodness I have never eaten any before using today, since I've been on a diet. I went outside took it apart and threw them all away. So, off I went out to buy new jelly beans! What a morning! I won't be storing any more of my jelly beans in any container living in Florida, those ants can get into anything!  Needless to say I went from making vanilla cupcakes to something just a little stronger .... that's what I needed after this ordeal!


So lucky for me no harm was done and no ants invaded my cupcakes. Although a strong drink was needed to proceed while I decorated my cupcakes.   Oh ok, I know I am late with this one,  it's not St. Patrick's Day but hey better late than never~
 

 Irish Cream Vanilla Cupcakes

2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1-1/2 cups white sugar
12  tablespoons butter, softened
2 whole eggs + 2 egg whites, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Irish Cream

 Irish Cream Frosting:
1 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoon Irish Cream
pastel sprinkles
jelly beans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.
In a large mixing bowl, place flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon set aside. In another bowl using an electric mixer, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
Add eggs and egg whites one at a time, beating on low between each addition. Add vanilla.
Mix in the flour mixture slowly with 3 additions, alternating with Irish Cream, starting end with flour.
Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full and bake 15-17 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely. 

Frosting:
Blend butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar a little at a  time, until completely mixed. Add the  the Irish Cream and beat until well combined. Mix around 1;4 cup of pastel colored sprinkles into the frosting.

Poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes and brush some more Irish Cream on each cupcake before  spreading on the frosting.


Tag your all it!  Becky I had to play since you are such a good sport and friend so here it goes! I never have the time to do these blogging chains and changed it a little by adding everyone!


Please visit Amazing Foodie Bloggers above link and take any one of those awards for all of you, my blogger readers visiting today. Thank you your all the best of the best.... I just couldn't pick a few!  If you like go ahead and play the game below and add to your blog as well!



   1.      Favorite color – pink I have always been a girly girl
2.      Favorite animal – kittens/cats
3.      Favorite number – 2
4.      Favorite non-alcoholic drink – peach tea
5.      Facebook or twitter – both
6.      My passion – my kids, husband and cooking in that order
7.      Prefer giving or receiving presents – always giving don't need anything
8.      Favorite pattern – eyelet or lace
9.      Favorite day of the week – everyday I wake up is a good day!
10.    Favorite flower – Gardenia


29 comments:

Federica said...

What lovely cupcakes! They are so so cheerful and spring. Bye, have a good week

Baker Street said...

I love the sound of irish cream cupcakes! What I like is that both the cupcake and the frosting are loaded up with it. Absolutely love the first picture.

Su said...

So beautifull :D I think these will be just perfect for my little boy first birthday ;)

alison said...

delicious and lovely cupcakes!

Becky said...

Claudia,
I like your version of the Jelly Belly cupcakes:) too bad, that you had to endure the sugar ants, though. I'm sure that the drink helped:) It was nice to learn a little more about my wonderful blogging friend.

Jay said...

love your ultimate version..;)
Tasty Appetite

Greg said...

The cupcakes aren't late, they have sprinkles and jellybeans that makes them Easter cupcakes.

Tina said...

Bravo to you for still using Jelly Beans, I would have had a hard time getting over the ant thing.
I really like irish cream desserts and these cupcakes I know I would enjoy-yum! I like the way you decorated these with the sprinkles and jelly beans.
Congrats on the award also!

Lizzy said...

Yeah, I might need a nip of Irish Cream after an infestation...ugh. Congrats on the blogger award, my friend...I'm blessed to know you!!!

PS...your cupcakes look amazing :)

Jennifer said...

LOL Drinking now to frost your cupcakes? ;)

They look so yummy and sound very unusual.

Have a lovely day!

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, That is horrible!! You must have been jumping on the chairs!!
I am glad that the cupcakes were saved. They do look perfect for the Easter week celebration. Blessings my dearest. Catherine xoxo

Malli said...

Fresh and bright colored cupcakes for easter season....irish cream flavor.......Mmmmmmm

Malli said...

Fresh and bright colored cupcakes for easter season....irish cream flavor.......Mmmmmmm

Jenn Kendall said...

these are so festive and delicious, love it!

Alida said...

These look so lovely and surely they must be delicious. Brava!

createwithmom said...

looks wonderful

jen @ Juanita's Cocina said...

The pear and the cinnamon are my two favorite flavors!!!

These look SO good. Wish I had one right now!

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

We sometimes get ants in our country house kitchen and those buggers are just evil. They invaded a container of Brian's favorite cookies and he was livid :) As far as I'm concerned, Irish Cream can be consumed at any time of the year :) And pear is also my favorite jelly bean flavor.

Elisabeth said...

I would have been exactly the same way finding sugar ant infestation, and certainly they would love the jelly beans. I just can't get completely rid of the sugar ants and have to keep all my sugary stuff in the fridge.
TERRO works the best; a few drops on small piece of paper, and they're gone!
Your cupcakes are divine with the Irish Cream...St. Paddy's or not, I'll take that good stuff any time:DDD
Buzzed you!!!
xo

Kiri W. said...

Mmmm, delicious! Irish cream is always a plus, but throw in some jelly beans and I all yours ;)

Mary said...

Congratulations on your award. It really was fun to get to know you a little better. The cupcakes look delicious - the Irish cream doesn't hurt a bit :-). I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jane and Lorraine said...

Sounds and looks delicious!

Starr Nordgren said...

Oh, they're so cute... and such a great flavor combination!

Karen said...

These look so yummy that I printed it up. Thanks for a great blog.

Cucina49 said...

I am partial to the sour Jelly Bellies myself, but they wouldn't be so good with these cupcakes, which look delicious!

April at Ape's Eats said...

props to you, if I had been in that situation with the ants, I am not sure I would have survived...I am terrified of bugs...I prob would have skipped the cupcakes and went straight to the Irish Cream :)

Anyways it's never too late for a Irish Cream post, this sound delicious, and makes everything better ;)

I have a brownie Baileys post coming up soon!

and pear jelly bellies are my weakness too!

Shia said...

Those sneaky ants trying to get the jelly bellys for FREE! That had to be a horrifying moment! As always your cupcakes look so yummy!

♥ Shia

Shelby said...

Pear is Grumpy's favorite Jelly Belly too! I love the buttered popcorn, rootbeer and cinnamon.

Katherines Corner said...

Yummy!! Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for participating in the hop. xo