Black-and-White Irish Cream Cupcakes

Say what?!? These cupcakes just SCREAM St. Patrick’s Day – at least to me. They are like black-and-white cookies but cupcakes!! YUM!

Black-and-White Irish Cream Cupcakes 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk substitute
    • 1 1/2 cups coconut or rice milk
    • 1/2 or 2/3 cup sugar
    • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 recipe Irish Cream Ganache – In a small saucepan bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in liqueur until smooth. Cool about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
    • 1/2 cup rice whipping cream
    • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 recipe Irish Cream Icing – In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, liqueur, and vanilla.
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Irish cream liqueur
    • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Cupcakes:

  1. Allow vegan butter and egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and flour twenty-eight 2-1/2-inch muffin cups (or line with paper bake cups).
  2. In a medium bowl stir together gluten free flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Add sugar, liqueur, and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk substitute, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
  5. Transfer 2-1/2 cups batter (about half) to a medium bowl; stir in melted chocolate. Fill each prepared muffin cup about two-thirds full, spooning chocolate batter into one side of cup and white batter into other side of cup.
  6. Bake about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on racks.
  7. Spread Irish Cream Ganache onto tops of cupcakes. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour (or chill in the refrigerator about 15 minutes) or until ganache is set. Spoon Irish Cream Icing onto centers of cupcakes. Let stand until icing sets.

YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY! 😀

ENJOY!

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Butterfinger Brownies

Nobody lays a finger on my Butterfinger BROWNIES! Once again I’m in a chocolatey craving and brownies are sure to fix that quickly. Candy packed brownies are always delicious.

Butterfinger Brownies

Not a Butterfinger fan, substitute your favorite candy!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted vegan butter, cut into chunks
  • 4 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 4 regular-sized Butterfinger bars, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8″ square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease with vegan butter.
  2. Microwave chocolate chips and butter in microwave for about 45 seconds. If not mostly melted, microwave for 20 more seconds. Stir until smooth. Whisk in the cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, peanut butter and salt until combined.  Whisk the warm chocolate  mixture into the egg mixture. Stir in the flour until just combined.  Fold chopped Butterfinger bars into batter.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan, spread evenly and level the surface with a rubber spatula.
  5. Bake approximately 35-40 minutes. Brownies will be slightly puffed and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out mostly clean.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature for about 2 hours. Cut into 1″ squares.
  7. Store in a tightly sealed container; preferably in the refrigerator.

MMMmm chocolatey, peanut buttery, chewy and delicious! (Just like it should be! :D)

ENJOY!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.