So you might be wondering what cupcakes have to do with St. Patrick's Day.
I wanted to make something to celebrate the day but what? Corned beef or stew was out of the question given our whole vegetarian thing, soda bread didn't seem that exciting and minty green was too predictable.
Then I found these over at the Smitten Kitchen and had to taste them for myself.
The Irish Car Bomb is a drink involving a shot of Bailey's and Jameson whisky dropped into a pint of Guinness and chugged before the foaming mess erupts everywhere.
The Irish Cake Bomb is a chocolate Guinness cupcake with a chocolate whisky ganache centre topped with Bailey's buttercream.
Oh my heavens, I think St. Patrick would approve.
The stout adds an earthy dimension to the almost fudgy chocolate cake. The ganache is smooth and intense. And the Bailey's buttercream made my toes curl in a very good way.