Nutty Irishman Cupcakes

nutty irishman cupcake recipe

I really want to be Irish. Like, real bad. I am not Irish at all, but I am still hopeful. I think that maybe if I pretend that I am Irish long enough, I can be an honorary Irishman. In the spirit of being Irish, I always make some St. Patrick’s Day treats. I love how excited the kids get about St. Patrick’s Day. Leprechauns seem to visit the classroom at school and cause some serious chaos. They make a mess, and leave glitter everywhere! And sometimes they even come to the house and make mischief. Green milk in your cereal? Weird.

One of my favorite after dinner drinks is a Nutty Irishman. There are a few different ways to make it, but I just make it half Frangelico and half Bailey’s on rocks. It is also a really good after dinner coffee. I thought that it would be a fabulous idea to make a cupcake inspired by a Nutty Irishman. It totally was. I intended to make the cake from scratch, but realized that I was out of cocoa, and did not feel like running to the store for one ingredient. Instead, I used a box of Devil’s Food cake mix, and substituted part of the water with Frangelico. I thought that if I used all of the liqueur, that it might be too strong. This ratio ended up being perfect. These cupcakes were far better than I expected them to be. And come to think of it, using a yellow cake mix instead of chocolate would be wonderful too.

nutty irishman cupcake recipe

Frangelico cupcakes:

1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
3/4 cup Frangelico
1/2 cup water
1/2 vegetable oil
3 eggs

Bailey’s Frosting:

2 sticks room temperature butter
3 cups confectioners sugar
6 Tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch sea salt

chocolate shavings (optional)

nutty irishman cupcake recipe

I forgot to take pictures of making the cupcakes, sorry. I made the cake batter according to the box directions, but I substituted some of the water for Frangelico. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes.

nutty irishman cupcake recipe

Cream together the butter and sugar.

nutty irishman cupcake recipe

Add the Bailey’s, vanilla, and salt.

nutty irishman cupcake recipe

Beat until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.

nutty irishman cupcake recipe

Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes, and top with chocolate shavings.

nutty irishman cupcake recipe

Nutty Irishman Cupcakes

Nutty Irishman Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Nutty Irishman Cupcakes - Frangelico chocolate cupcakes and topped with Bailey's Irish Cream frosting and chocolate shaving.

Ingredients

Frangelico cupcakes:

  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 3/4 cup Frangelico
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

Bailey’s Frosting:

  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch sea salt
  • chocolate shavings (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the cake batter according to the box directions, but I substituted some of the water for Frangelico. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the Bailey’s, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Beat until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.
  5. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes, and top with chocolate shavings.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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36 Comments

  • With all of the Guinness based desserts that show up this time of year I forget there are other Irish drinks. These sound great.

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    • How can you forget about the other drinks? You are doing yourself a disservice.

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  • Your cupcakes make me want to grab a guinness, a peice of shepherd’s pie and sit down to watch Boon Dock Saints…followed by your cupcakes for dessert. They look awesome and no one will judge if you just say you’re Irish 😉

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  • These look so yummy, I wanna eat the screen! I happen to BE Irish so I’m super excited about the upcoming holiday!

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  • These look delicious, perfect for st patricks day!

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    • thank you Hillary! I like St. Patrick’s Day! I spent the day making treats for the kids to take to school tomorrow.

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  • These look soooo Good! I love the photography! Anything with baileys and or chocolate has my heart. I’m planning on making something somewhat similar to add to my “7 days of Irish Inspired Food” for St. Patty’s. I’ll be making mine into doughnuts with a bit of a twist and a little green!

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  • Gorgeous cupcakes. I really have to buy some Frangelico. I see it all the time in the liquor store but it’s expensive. I think it’ll be worth the investment!

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    • It is, but sometimes you can find it is smaller bottles. Not mini bottles, but more like a flask size.

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  • These cupcakes look beautiful! Just a note, your home page is taking a long time to load… I don’t know if it is just my laptop or all the images, just figured you might like to know!

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    • Thank you Brandon for letting me know. I am not sure what is going on. I am changing hosts (yet again) in the next few weeks, so hopefully it should be fixed soon.

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  • A perfect combination. Baileys and Frangelico – can’t really go wrong can you 🙂

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  • Gosh they look so delicious! I will look for it around here in San Diego!

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  • These look great! Can i use my regular had mixer? I don’t have the fancy bowl mixer!

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  • YUM! I will HAVE to make these for the weekend! And by the way, I drink my nutty Irishman pretty much the same as you – half Bailey’s, half Frangelico, on the rocks. I do like to add a splash of milk or half-and-half to it as well just to make it a little more “smooth” as I rarely drink alcohol.

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    • Yum! I had a Nutty Irishman latte the other that was wonderful!

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  • It turned out perfect as the recipe . You have got a new fan all the way in the caribbean . Thanks a lot .

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  • Making these now…. :). Did you use sweet cream salted or unsalted butter??

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  • I just got finished making these cupcakes for my birthday. They are wonderful!

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  • Hi Bree,

    I just stumbled (no pun intended) upon your blog looking for boozy cupcakes. 🙂 Have you ever made this recipe with just the Baileys? Would you the amounts change? You have a lovely blog! Jill

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    • I haven’t, but you can just add all Bailey’s, it should be fine.

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  • So I love the thought of this recipe so much that it may have just become a staple in my house without even having been tested yet! (So much so that I thought I would share even tho I never leave comments lol.) I am Irish (and Hispanic) and just so happened to deliver my son on saint Patrick’s day of this year. I’m so very excited to make these cupcakes that I’m bursting with ideas. Thank you for sharing this recipe and if it helps, I dub you an honorary Irishman in my book!

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    • Thank you! My husband actually did my ancestry for me and I am IRISH! It was the best news ever. I’m glad that you like the cupcakes.

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