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Irish Cream Cupcakes

If you're looking for a grown-up cupcake, give these a try. You'll have a hard time limiting yourself to one! —Jenny Leighty, West Salem, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in applesauce and vanilla (mixture may appear curdled). Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with liqueur, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in liqueur. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Pipe over tops of cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 273 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Remenec
    Mar 29, 2020

    Delicious cupcakes! I made these for St. Patrick's Day, and they were a hit!

  • rmbarr059
    Mar 19, 2015

    Oh my gosh these were so yummy--worth every bit of the $20 I spent on a bottle of Bailey's. My first time using reduced fat cream cheese for frosting--I was shocked it tasted so good. I did notice they are quite a bit dry the next day so try to eat them when they are fresh!!!

  • Snackcks2
    Mar 8, 2015

    These were an all-time favorite for family, co-workers & friends. I don't need to add or subtract from the recipe. I will definitely make this again. It was a great recipe to welcome "Spring" for 2015! I give it a 10 star instead of 5!

  • paul3303
    Mar 7, 2015

    I tried this recipe to see if I would like it for our VFW St Patrick's Day dinner. They were great and will definitely be on the menu. Thank you for a great recipe.

  • Ban123
    Mar 1, 2015

    Could these be made as a layer cake?? Sounds very yummy

  • recliningwoman
    Apr 9, 2014

    I made these for my office and my co-workers loved them.The cupcakes are moist and the flavors are nice and fresh. I substituted mocha in the frosting for the irish cream as they blended very nicely. Popcorn salt added to the frosting gets rid of the extra sweetness in the sugar.

  • tnml0513
    Mar 18, 2014

    I made this for a party and everyone loved them. They are so moist and just the right amount of liquor.

  • Kellygamer
    Mar 12, 2014

    Very Good!

  • mrs_sledge
    Jun 15, 2013

    No comment left

  • jujubead1313
    Mar 16, 2013

    Cake is excellent, moist and sweet and a crispy edge. Frosting has the perfect balance of Baily's.