Although tempted, I did not create a dessert from potatoes and cabbage. Although, that intrigues...maybe next year I'll make an attempt. I have another special dessert waiting in the wings but will not be able to post it in time for the holiday. That will come after. However, let's start the celebration early with these beauties! For a very Irish friend's birthday last year, I wanted to tap into his heritage and love of the drink. Like I said, he's Irish. So I thought that there must be a Car Bomb inspired cupcake and lo, there was. There are several, actually, but this was very true to the drink with the stout, whiskey and Bailey's. As you will see in the recipe, the whiskey in the ganache is optional but if you wear your green heart on your sleeve, I highly suggest adding it. As for the cute little cookie cutter for the centers, I wish I owned one but I usually push down or core out the center with a paring knife. Such a professional, I know. These were definitely enjoyed but if you are looking to get a buzz off of a cupcake, you are probably not that interested in making these and may as well go pour yourself the liquid version instead.
Extra stout cupcakes frosted with Kahlua frosting (subbed for Bailey's):