I’m a web nerd who knows just enough html to be dangerous and when an intern showed me the retail website for Crumbs bakery, I nearly flipped for the cupcake-shaped pop-up. Go on, you know you want to: www.crumbs.com It’s AWESOME. Such a perfect call to action. Then I noticed the gorgeous cupcakes. I swear, one of these days I’m going on a cross-country cupcake tour and try all the ones I drool over. But for now, I’m merely inspired to copycat. A drunken version of this little beauty for St. Patrick’s Day? Yes please. It combines the flavors of the Nutty Irishman coffee cocktail I enjoyed in Santa Fe: coffee, Frangelico and Irish Cream. Yum. As the luck of the Irish would have it, JoAnn’s had the perfect sprinkles and little candied clovers for the decorations. These were simple to prepare, but took a while to decorate. But worth the effort. Luck maith and bon appetite! I used different colored sprinkles and even tried some Andes baking chips! Delicious.
Nutty Irishman Cupcakes
Yield: 3 dozen
- Duncan Hines Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix
- 2/3 cup flour and powdered sugar
- 1 package of Via instant coffee
- Frangelico liquor, Irish cream whiskey and chocolate syrup to make one cup
- 1/4 cups sour cream
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/4 cup water
LeCake House Buttercream (1 cup butter, 8 ounces cream cheese, 2 pounds powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla) spiked with Frangelico. Add the liquor a tablespoon at a time until the frosting is creamy and thin enough to pipe.