Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey's Creme Frosting


Perfect for that St. Patrick's Day party or if you want something chocolatey and delicious!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
2 dozen cupcakes


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (Optional)

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ⅔ cups white sugar

  • cup butter, softened

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups chocolate chips (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (Optional)

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup Irish cream liqueur (such as Baileys®)

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 drops green food coloring (Optional)

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, or more as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  3. Whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed.

  4. Beat in white sugar, 2/3 cup butter, water, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and eggs to make a smooth batter.

  5. Place chocolate chips into a bowl and mix with 2 tablespoons flour until the chips are coated; fold chocolate chips into the batter.

  6. Divide batter between the prepared muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

  8. While cupcakes are cooling, beat 1 cup butter, Irish cream liqueur, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and green food coloring with an electric mixer in a large bowl until mixture is smooth, thick, and evenly colored.

  9. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting is desired consistency. Beat in more confectioners' sugar to make a stiffer frosting.

  10. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes.

Cook's Note:

There are many possible ways to frost cupcakes, so have fun with it. Garnishes can be from a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips to sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
18g Fat
51g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 3g
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 113mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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