St Patrick’s Day cupcakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 25 min
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    These St Patrick’s Day cupcakes are great if you’re planning to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, which is on the 17th March. These cute Irish-themed cupcakes are perfect for sharing and easy enough to whip up the morning of your party. The cakes are made with a flavoursome stout and the icing is mixed with cream liquor for a traditional Irish taste and adult twist…


    • 100g soft butter
    • 100ml stout
    • 40g cocoa powder
    • 150g plain flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 200g light soft brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 75ml sour cream
    • Irish cream frosting:
    • 200g soft butter
    • 450g icing sugar, sifted
    • 3-4 tbsps Irish cream liquor
    • Green sugar sprinkles to decorate (optional)
    • Green food colouring (optional)


    • Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cases. Place the butter, stout and cocoa powder in a saucepan and place over a gentle heat, stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

    • In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add the cooled stout mixture and beat for 1 minute using an electric whisk on a medium speed. Add the egg and sour cream and beat for a further 2 minutes.

    • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through and springy to the touch. Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

    • For the frosting, cream the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the icing sugar a little at a time then beat in the Irish cream liquor. Add the food colouring if using (start with a little and add more depending on the shade of green you want). Spoon or pipe the icing on the cooled cakes and sprinkle with green sugar to decorate.

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