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March 14, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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If you’ve visited the BettyCupcakes Facebook page recently, you’ve seen my stellar leprechaun trap.

I used these delightful Irish Coffee Cupcakes to lure the wee lads to me…

Irish Coffee Cupcake Recipe

Irish Coffee Cupcake Recipe

And I caught one! Unfortunately, boozy Irish Coffee Cakes + babies don’t mix.  How about a raisin, Sammy?

Irish Coffee Cupcake Recipe

Before bed, I went to package up the last Irish Coffee Cupcake and spotted this…

Irish Coffee Cupcake Recipe

This little leprechaun got a bit too excited…hope he can handle his whiskey.

Originally posted March 17, 2010: Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Irish Coffee Cupcakes adapted from The Pioneer Woman’s Coffee Cake recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lb butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup coffee
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 1 oz. whiskey
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line a cupcake tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl,  whisk the flour, sugars, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. Melt butter over low heat.  Once it’s melted, add the coffee, Kahlua, & whiskey.  Stir to combine.
  4. In a glass measuring cup, whisk the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.
  5. Add the coffee/butter mixture to the flour and gently stir to cool the butter.  Then, add the buttermilk mixture to the bowl and stir gently until it’s completely combined.
  6. Using a 1/3 cup measure, fill each cupcake liner with batter until it’s almost full.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and top springs back when pressed.
  8. While still warm, brush the tops with 1 tablespoon whiskey and 1 tablespoon Kahlua.

Boozy Buttercream Frosting


  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoon Kahlua


  1. In a Kitchen Aid mixer, dump all ingredients.  Start the mixer on low until the butter is incorporated and then ramp it up to medium high.  Mix until fluffy.

  • Your little nugget is adorable! My son would be reaching for the cupcakes too! I think I’m going to have to make these for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner! Yum!

    • BettyCupcakes says:

      I hope you enjoy them! I’ll be making another batch to take to a party this weekend- cupcake overload!

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  • Andrea says:

    My daughter wanted Irish Coffee Cupcakes so I tried out your recipe last night – amazing! Will definitely make these again – thanks so much for the recipe!

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