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These here are my glorious cupcakes I made for St. Patricks Day! My boyfriends mother invited us over for dinner so I decided I wanted to make a dessert even though she said we didnt need to bring anything over. Im big on making foods and desserts that taste GOOD but are a lot healthier for you since I am an active Weight Watchers member. I had seen a recipe on Skinny Tastes website for homemade chocolate cupcakes with baileys frosting, so I decided to make the frosting but to make a different cupcake. The only reason I didnt go with the original recipe was because I didnt want to have to buy all the ingredients listed that werent in my kitchen almond milk and sour cream. Of course after I made them, I found my container of almond milk on the shelf so I COULD have made the original recipe but since I have extra beer leftover, I think I may end up giving it a try.
Anyway! For my cake I used 1 box of Pillsbury Dark Chocolate cake mix, 1 can of pumpkin, 1 package of sugar free chocolate fudge pudding, 1/2c chocolate stout, ½c & 1/3c water. I put my pumpkin into a bowl and added my water and beat it together with an electric mixer. I then added in my chocolate puffing and beat it, when almost combined I added in my stout and beat. I then opened the box of cake mix and added that in slowly beating and combining. The batter gets REALLY thick like fudgy. I had 2 muffin tins lined with non-stick cupcake tins and I filled each around 2/3s full. I then baked at 350 for 28-30 minutes until I could put a knife into the middle of them and it came out clean. Since I made these later at night, I ended up letting these cool overnight and made my frosting and put my frosting in the fridge.
The frosting was quite simple. Since I had a double batch it was 11 ounces of softened 1/3 less fat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar and 8 teaspoons of Baileys. I beat it with a blender and put it into a quart size storage bag, where I stuck a piping tool into the end and held it in place with an elastic band so it wouldnt move about overnight (if bumped, etc.).
When it came time to frost, it was more eyeballing; starting with small circles and seeing how much cream cheese frosting I had remaining. I actually ended up frosting them an hour before we were leaving since we didnt have a whole lot of room in the fridge to designate to 2 trays of cupcakes. When they were done, I wanted them to have a little more pizzazz and since I couldnt find green flakes/clovers, I used party colored jimmies/sprinkles and topped them with it. I have some cupcakes leftover in the refrigerator at our house that we didnt take with us and they are divine! You can taste the pudding in them; theyre nice and moist with a bit of density to them. The frosting? Oh my, its to die for!
The great part, my boyfriends aunt was talking to me during dessert and asked if I liked to cook I told her I did and I loved to bake as well. After she ate my cupcake, she said Oh, maybe we should have you make some things for the shower since we had been talking about her oldest daughters impending bridal shower. Well see! Her youngest daughter told me that it was the best cupcake shes had so Id say they were very good! Im just happy everyone enjoyed them so!
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