Before I could appreciate alcohol, St. Patrick’s Day was just another day for me. But since I usually like to get into the spirit of things, in high school I would always wear at least a hint of green (just in case any of the boys went on a pinching spree). I never went out for this holiday, even when I could finally appreciate alcohol (before I transitioned from sweet mixed cocktails to beer and whiskey). Eventually, I felt how to grasp the enjoyment of drinking beer on my Dublin trip in 2010. I started with cider then gradually transitioned to beer. On my Dublin trip, we went on a tour of the Guinness brewery and I’m sorry to say that I am not a fan of dark beer. HOWEVER, if you added dark beer to chocolate… now we’re talking. I came across this Irish Car Bomb cupcakes recipe, and despite not having ever tried a real Irish Car Bomb (Guinness, Jameson, & Baileys), I decided to prep myself for the 17th, and get into the Irish spirit.
The recipe is very simple and delicious. In my opinion, the most difficult part of this process was finding a 40 of Guinness. I thought it’d be a waste to spend 8 bucks on a 6 pack when I only needed a cup, especially since I don’t really enjoy drinking Guinness by itself. I went to two gas stations and one supermarket before finding the 40 at a liquor store (who knows why I didn’t go there first). The cake turned out moist and delicious, although most friends could have done without the Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting. I would definitely make these again, especially when I’m craving chocolate. Maybe on the 17th, I’ll pregame with these cupcakes before heading out to my beloved pub for some whiskey on the rocks.