Irish Triple Threat Mini Shot Cakes!

March 21, 2012

Last week I read an article on how much sleep you really need. I mean, I know that we all need a good nights rest; eight being that magic number, but this article gave me renewed inspiration. There were lots of great points in the article, and I vowed I was really going to try to get to bed early.

It always starts with good intentions. Night one, I was in bed by 10:30pm.

Next night, a little later.

By the third night, I was going to bed LATER than I normally do. Still tired from the night before, that next night I decided to make these beauties.

They sounded SO GOOD, I just couldn’t pass it up! Beer cake, and boosey accompaniments… It’s been awhile (okay, two months) since I made cupcakes, and since St. Patty’s day is such a beloved American drinking holiday, I had to go for it.

They turned out pretty darn fantastic! If I could do anything differently, I would have hollowed them out a little more to allow more of that beautiful filling to nestle down in that spectacular cake. I’ve had disasters with filling cupcakes in the past, but the cake really stands up to the ganache in this application. The Bailey’s frosting is the most noticeable flavor, and you can recognize hints of the smoky porter in the cake. Had I filled the cakes with more of the ganache, there’s no doubt that whiskey would come through too. I know St. Patrick’s day is over now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make this cake! They’re good for a celebration of any kind!


Irish Triple Threat Mini Shot Cakes (adapted from Will Cook For Friends and Smitten Kitchen)

Irish Triple Threat Mini Shot Cakes
By Natalie Wiser-Orozco
Published: March 21, 2012
The perfect way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day or any other special occasion – a shot in a cake!


For the cake:
1 cup Rogue Mocha Porter
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, melted
3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 cups Cake Flour, sifted
2 cups Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoons Salt
2 Eggs
2/3 cup Sour Cream

For the filling:
8 ounces Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Bar, roughly chopped
2/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
3 Tablespoons Jameson’s Irish Whiskey

For the frosting:
3 cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
7 Drops Green Food Coloring (optional)


Preheat oven to 350ºF, and line 48 mini muffin tins with mini muffin liners. Combine the porter, melted butter, and cocoa powder in a mixer bowl, and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in another bowl, whisking to combine and remove any lumps. Add flour mixture in with the cocoa mixture, and mix until combined. Add the eggs and sour cream together in a small bowl, then combine with the other ingredients, mixing until well incorporated. Fill the mini muffin tins ¾ from the top, and place in the oven. Once in the oven, reduce the temperature to 325ºF, and bake for 12 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking process. Once out, let cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. If doing multiple trays, bring the temperature back up before starting the cooking process of the next batch.

For the ganache filling, place the chopped chocolate bar in a bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a small pot until just simmering, and pour over chocolate. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and all the chocolate is melted, then add in the Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. Let sit for about 10 minutes to cool.

While the ganache is cooling, hollow out the center of the mini cakes with a sharp knife. Fill the hollowed out cakes with the ganache.

For the frosting, combine the powdered sugar and softened butter in a stand mixture, and beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Slowly add in the baileys until you reach your desired frosting consistency. Add green food coloring if desired, and pipe onto the tops of the mini cakes.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 45 min

Yield: 54 mini cakes

Serving size: 1 cake
Calories per serving: 169
Fat per serving: 9.4g
Saturated Fat per serving: 5.8g
Cholesterol per serving: 29.5mg
Sodium per serving: 66.4mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 20.6g
Fiber per serving: .5g
Sugars per serving: 15.5g
Protein per serving: 1.2g

Irish Triple Threat Printable Recipe

Inspired by:
The Beeroness – Irish Beer Brownies w/ Mint Sour Cream Frosting & Will Cook For Friends – Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes


  1. Momo
    March 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Love you, Natty! I’m ALL over this.

  2. myfudo
    March 23, 2012 at 12:26 am (3 years ago)

    I love mix of booze in this cupcake treats…My friends will love these too!

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