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It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and everyone has their favorite way of getting their green on! If given the choice between the traditional corned beef and cabbage chased down with an ice-cold green beer, or something sweet and creamy, I would take the latter every time. Between searching for the perfect four leaf-clover and chasing that elusive pot of gold this weekend, why not bake up a batch of these and save some extra frosting for your cup of Irish Coffee.
For the Cupcakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons instant-espresso powder
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 stick unsalted butter,
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
For the Frosting
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon whiskey
- Instant-espresso powder, for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cupcakes: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour water over espresso powder; let cool. Combine espresso with milk. Beat butter and granulated and brown sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with espresso-milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour (batter may look broken).
- Fill 15 cups (of two 12-cup muffin tins) three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool; turn out cupcakes from tins.
- Make the frosting: Whisk together cream and confectioners’ sugar until medium peaks form. Add whiskey; whisk until slightly stiff peaks form.
- Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons frosting; dust with espresso powder.
Martha Stewart Living, March 2010
As Santa wishes he said “No” to those last few cookies, tightens his belt, and gets ready to slide down chimney’s far and wide, we’re taking an easier approach and simply opening our front doors to welcome in friends and family this holiday season. Here we offer some of our favorites decorated for the holidays. Welcome in and enjoy!