St. Patrick’s Day (Cupcakes) and my new favorite kitchen gadget

LOVE St. Patrick’s Day!!  The hubby and I celebrate it every year by making a whole lot of Irish food. This year the hubs made Corned Beef Hash (one of my favorite things) and Guinness Stew.

nom nom nom

Guinness Stew we have several times a year, but the Corned Beef Hash we only have this one time every year, I don’t know why, it is pretty amazing. Maybe I’ll make hime guest blog about that (don’t hold your breath). 🙂

My contribution to the day was one of my favorite cupcakes, a cupcake by many names:
Irish Cupcakes
Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
Guinness, Jameson, Bailey’s Cupcakes
Chocolate whiskey and beer Cupcakes
or just plain amazing cupcakes
Tucker helped make sure I didn’t forget my grocery list.  He is such a helpful pup. 🙂
I’m pretty sure everyone at work is starting to think that the only cupcakes I make have some sort of alcohol theme, so I didn’t want to disappoint them by not making these.  They are:
Guinness Chocolate Cake
Jameson Ganache
AND
Bailey’s Frosting
I followed one of my favorite blogs when making these this year, Smitten Kitchen has a pretty awesome recipe for these.
The Guinness Chocolate cupcakes

 

I actually managed not to overfill the cups for once, I am still very proud!

 

The real reason I HAD to make the cupcakes – I splurged one day on this handy $5 tool.  The Cuisipro Cupcake Corer.  It seems like a silly kitchen gadget, but you have my word it is anything but silly.  It’s INCREDIBLE!!  I was taking the center out of cupcakes with a small round cutter before like in the Smitten Kitchen recipe, but then I had to scrape out the actual inside of the cupcake which became annoying.

Don’t worry I will demonstrate how it works :).

Insert cupcake corer while twisting

 

Remove cupcake corer and it TAKES THE CENTER WITH IT!!!  I don’t know how exactly it works, but it works and it pretty much made my day.  Then you just push the red plunger to take out the cake that’s inside.  TA DA!

 

Now for the ganache – I love that the recipe calls for putting the chocolate in a bowl and then adding the hot milk.  It really works well without needing a double boiler, which I don’t own, so yay!

 

Starting to mix

 

YUM!

 

Just about done!  Just need the Bailey’s frosting!
Final product
I completely forgot, I also made Irish Soda Bread – the recipe from one of our favorite blogs Simply Recipes.  So good and so simple!

 

A little of Irish butter…love it’s simplicity
Love our St. Paddy’s day traditions!  And with some good friends, can’t ask for much more than that!  What are some of your favorite St. P’s traditions?
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