These Irish Coffee Cupcakes are the Perfect Sweet Treat for Grown-Ups

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone claims to be Irish, which makes for a fun holiday to celebrate with friends. This year, try indulging with a spiked cupcake instead of a drink for a fun twist on the classic Irish Coffee!

The trick to making these spiked cupcakes taste sweet, but not too strong is to use a quality whiskey for both the cupcake batter, and whipped cream frosting. A little will go a long way. Sprinkle a bit of espresso powder for an extra jolt, and festive presentation.

These Irish Coffee Cupcakes are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day sweet treat for grown-ups – enjoy!

Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (your favorite brand)
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • ? cup oil (vegetable or olive oil)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp Irish whiskey
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp Irish whiskey
  • Instant espresso powder, for dusting (optional)



1. Heat oven to 350 F. Place paper baking liners to a muffin pan.

2. To a bowl, mix together boxed cake mix, oil, water, eggs, and whiskey; gently stir in 1 tablespoon of espresso powder just until blended. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (will make two batches). Bake and cool as directed on box for cupcakes (about 13-17 minutes).

3. Make the frosting: Whisk together cream and confectioners’ sugar until medium peaks form. Add whiskey; whisk until slightly stiff peaks form.

4. Remove muffin pan from oven, and allow to cool completely, at least 10 minutes, before frosting.

5. Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons frosting; dust with espresso powder.



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