Chocolate Cupcakes with Baileys Butter Cream

Cannot believe that I have been baking for over 6 years and I haven’t yet written up a recipe using Baileys!Baileys

This recipe has been dedicated to my Wonderful Auntie who passed away recently at the age of 49. She finally lost her battle with Cancer and one of her dying wish was to enjoy a bottle of Baileys with her family. So a few nights before she passed away we cracked open a bottle and celebrated her life!

Here is my recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Baileys Butter Cream:


  • 140g Plain Flour
  • 200g Butter (at room temperature)
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Free Range Organic Eggs
  • 60g Cocoa Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder

Baileys Butter Cream:

  • 500g Icing Sugar
  • 250g Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
  • 8 tbsp Baileys


  • Set your oven to 180C and line a cupcake baking tray with paper cupcake liners.
  • In a clean, dry bowl, add your butter and beat continuously for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes you will notice that thebaileyscupcakes colour will change from a yellow colour to a pale cream colour.
  • Once this colour change appears, add in your sugar and beat again until the texture becomes light and fluffy.
  • Add in your eggs one at a time, ensuring that each egg has been well mixed in before the next addition of egg.
  • Now, in a separate bowl, add your dry ingredients, this will include; flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and mix well with a spoon.
  • Next, add your flour mixture to your egg mixture 1/3 at a time, ensuring that all of the dry ingredients has been taken up by the egg mixture before the next addition of flour mix.
  • Once all of the ingredients have been added together, spoon your cupcake mix into the paper cupcake liners until they are 2/3 full. This will leave enough room for the cupcakes to rise in the oven without over-spill.
  • Place your cupcake batter into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Once your cupcakes are ready, they should spring back to the touch or you will be able to insert a skewer into the centre of your cupcakes and be able to remove it without any batter coming off onto to skewer.
  • Once the cupcakes are ready, remove them from the oven and leave to stand in the cupcake baking tray for 10 minutes.
  • Once this 10 minutes is up, remove them from the baking tin and leave to stand on a wire cooling rack, until they are completely cold.
  • This will leave enough time for your to whip up your Baileys Butter Cream
  • In a clean, dry bowl add your butter and beat until there appears to be a colour change from yellow to pale cream.
  • After 5 minutes of beating the butter, add in your icing sugar a spoon at a time. DO NOT use an electric mixer as the icibaileys3ng sugar will end up everywhere else other than in your butter cream.
  • Once all of the icing sugar has been incorporated into the butter, you will find that the butter cream will be extremely thick. Take your Baileys and add in spoonful by spoonful, until the texture becomes smooth.
  • Pipe your butter cream onto your cupcakes and EAT!

Your cupcakes will last for up to 5 days in the fridge unless they get eaten immediately (which is more likely)

Hope you have enjoyed this recipe and please feel free to share this!

Lots of love!

7 Responses to “Chocolate Cupcakes with Baileys Butter Cream”

    • jennifer

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! For such a hard experience it was pretty beautiful at the same time! Baileys is an amazing addition to chocolate cakes. Let me know if you get a chance to try out the recipe! Have a great day, Jen x

  1. Kelly moss

    Hello there ? I love this recipe. I was wondering if you could recommend a liquor to put in the cupcake mix as an addition xx

    • jennifer

      Hi Kelly,
      Well, you can actually add some baileys to the chocolate cake mixture, however stay tuned as I have a cake batter that contains liquor, coming your way soon. Thank you so much for your comment. Jen xx

  2. Ash-Leigh

    Hi, How many cupcakes does this make? Would you double it to make a 1 cake or would this recipe be enough?

  3. Claire

    Could i use self raising flour and not using baking powder? Trying to use what I already have. Many thanks

    • jennifer

      Hi Claire,
      Yes you can use self raising flour, still use 1/2 tsp of baking powder. Enjoy!



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