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I is for Irish Cake Bombs – #AtoZChallenge #Recipe

cakbomb-buttonIrish Cake Bombs! More commonly known as Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes because they are based on the fancy bar shots and considering that I have a bit of Irish blood in me, these are a favorite for a big treat in the house. They take a bit of work but are not difficult. I love ganache and Geoff is in love with the cake itself. I usually end up with only 16 or so to finish because the man insists on eating the hot Guinness chocolate cake. Stout is a lovely thing to cook with and like Bacon it can be used in sweet and savory dishes, dessert and meaty main dishes! I hope you enjoy my COOKING portion of my theme today. This particular recipe was shared to me from Amy Del Rosso of Lady Reader’s Book Stuff, because she loves me lots!

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Irish Cake Bombs
original recipe for Irish Carbomb Cupcakes can be found here
Serves: 24 Cupcakes
  • For the Guinness chocolate cupcakes:
  • 1 cup stout (Guinness)
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter (wanna make it real? Irish Butter!)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • --
  • For the ganache filling:
  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. Jameson Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • (you can use 2 tsp. of one or the other but I like the mix! best!)
  • --
  • For the Bailey's buttercream frosting:
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 4-8 tbsp. Bailey's Irish cream
  • (if the frosting is to thick add a bit of half-n-half without adding more booze.. save that for your coffee in the morning)
  1. Cupcakes - Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners. Combine the stout and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and sour cream to blend. Add the stout-butter mixture and beat just to combine. Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed just until incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling them about ⅔ to ¾ full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Ganache Filling - place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until simmering, then pour it over the chocolate. Let sit for one minute and then whisk until smooth. If the chocolate is not completely melted, place the bowl over a double boiler or give it a very short burst in the microwave (15-20 seconds). Add the butter, Bailey's & Jameson and stir until combined.
  4. Set aside to let the ganache cool until it is thick enough to be piped. (You can use the refrigerator to speed the cooling process, but be sure to stir every 10 minutes or so to ensure even cooling.) Meanwhile, cut out a portion using the cone method from the center of the cupcake (a small paring knife works best for this). Once the ganache has reached the correct consistency, transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a wide tip and pipe it into the cupcakes.
  5. Frosting - Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated. Mix in the Bailey's until smooth. Add more if necessary until the frosting has reached a good consistency for piping or spreading (or use half-n-half to keep the alcohol down). Frost the cupcakes as desired.



  1. that looks AMAZING. Will. Bake. Thanks for the link love!

  2. YUM! I think it’s time to make some. Maybe this time I’ll drink less of the ingredients. 😉

    Love you, hotass. xx


  3. oh my goodness this needs to get in my belly!

  4. Yummy cake I will definitely try it.
    I am blogging at The Other Side for A to Z challenge

  5. Added this to my baking to-do list! Looks absolutely yummy!

  6. They look and sound delicious. I’ve got a friends birthday coming up and I might need to bake some of these for her. Great post!

  7. Those look yummy.

  8. Oh my stars and garters. Talk about decadent! I’ve got to try these. Happy A to Z! I’m doing it too!

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