This week I made two flavors of cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The first is a Green Velvet Cupcake with Irish Cream Cheese Frosting.
I adapted a recipe from Stefani at Cupcake Project. Thanks, Stefani for compiling this great list of credits:
Stefani got the recipe from Sarah of Daily Nibbles. Sarah tried three different red velvet recipes and decided that this one was the best.
Sarah got the recipe from The Way The Cookie Crumbles,
Who got it from Apple A Day,
Who adapted from Saveur,
Who got it from Cake Man Raven.
I changed this recipe only slightly, substituting Arrowhead Mills All-Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix for the flour. I would use a different gluten-free flour blend if I made these again, but everyone that tried them enjoyed them, perhaps because of St. Patrick’s Day imbibing. The all-purpose baking mix made these cupcakes slightly gritty. I changed the frosting by using Bailey’s Irish Cream instead of whiskey. Otherwise, they were made according to the much-credited recipe. Thanks to all of your for passing this recipe along!
The second cupcake I made this week was an Irish Coffee Cupcake. I got the recipe from Simply Gluten Free. These turned out so well that I would put them in my top 5 favorite cupcakes ever, gluten-free or otherwise. I made one tiny change to the cake recipe, which was using a fork to poke a series of holes in the top of the cake to allow more of the coffee, sugar and whiskey mixture to soak into the cake. I did not use the accompanying frosting recipe, instead I used a basic buttercream frosting and added 2 tablespoons of Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey. I topped the frosting with a coffee bean. I would love to make these again!
This week’s Sweet Friend is Eileen. I see Eileen once a year, on St. Patrick’s Day. Her entire family gathers at a restaurant owned by one of her siblings, a family reunion of sorts every year, for Irish revelry. This year I met members of her family from both coasts and just about everywhere in between. There had to be more than 100 members of her family squeezed into one spot, sharing drinks, delicious food and catching up on the past year. I don’t know if her family is always so agreeable, but for at least one day out of the year, everyone plays nice together and has more fun than I knew was possible with your family.
Eileen is always well-prepared for St. Patrick’s Day, complete with a large flask of whiskey and shot glasses for her friends. And by friend, I mean anyone she comes across that looks like they could use a drink. This year she got yummy cupcakes to go with her whiskey. I’ll never tell her I used Bushmill’s instead of Jameson…she might not share from her flask next year if she knew.