Well isn't this the cutest little leprechaun out there!! Ok ok I love dogs...animals in general....
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and us Irish Folk do not need to drink green beer to prove we are Irish either.
I'm actually Scottish and Irish and grew up in Newfoundland....So I got the best of all the sayings, beer and whisky drinking, food lovin memories out there.
Speaking of food....Do you have specific meals you enjoy for St. Patrick's Day?
We actually didn't really "have" to celebrate this great Irish Holiday. Growing up in Newfoundland, we typically had Irish inspired food just about every day! And it is only another reason to get together with friends and party....but we do that back home weekly anyway.
Really...I don;t like beer, let alone trying to swallow a Guinness Beer...ugh
I would much rather a Bailey's...and being vegan, now they have Almond Baileys!! Yup you heard that right!
So I could NOT pass up the chance to use this in my Chocolate Almond Bailey's Cupcakes! Ah hellooooo....
Chocolate Almond Baileys Cupcakes
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1 1/4 cups Coconut Sugar or cane sugar (I use coconut sugar)
1/2 cup Earth Balance Stick "butter" (vegan)
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup melted Dark chocolate
1/2 cup Hot water
4 Flax Eggs*
2/3 cups Almond Bailey's
* 1 flax egg = 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water (for this recipe x by 4)
Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners
The mixing is a little different. I learned this method from Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss.
Mix flours, sugar, earth balance, cocao, baking powder in a bowl with stand mixer or hand mixer. Mix until ingredients are blended, then up the speed a bit and blend until smooth, about a minute.
Stop mixer, pour in melted chocolate, mix for a minute. Stop and pour in hot water. Mix again for a minute. Then stop and add in flax eggs (should be thick). Mix really well, stopping to scrape down bowl. All this mixing will help the sugar dissolve and give that velvety smooth feel when you eat the cupcake.
With mixer on low, slowly add in the Almond Bailey's. Mix for a minute until all smooth.
Put batter in prepared cupcake tins, and bake for 25-35 min. Or until wooden toothpick comes out clean.
Once cool. You can now pipe some Almond Baileys Icing on those babies!
Almond Bailey's Icing Recipe
3 cups Icing Sugar,
1/4 to 1/2 cup Earth Balance "Butter" sticks
Almond Bailey's, about 3 to 4 tbsp
Beat the "butter" and sugar until well mix....I beat mine almost 5 min! Then add in 1 tbsp at a time, the Almond Bailey's. Mix for a min after each addition. Keep adding until Icing is very light and fluffy!
Pipe on the cool cupcakes. Top with a Vegan Caramel ( I like this one from Ashley over at Blissful Basil) and a couple of candy shamrocks
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