Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes – {Vegan}

by Destini on March 12, 2012

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine as you will see over the next couple day’s was full of Irish flair and lot’s of Irish booze. I didn’t consume much (other than the required quality control testing) but I sure cooked/baked with it a lot.

My “I get to bake with alcohol” face

I am so excited to share these recipes with you all. Let’s jump right into the desert. Skip dinner and get to the good stuff!  I’ll admit what is below isn’t the most healthy cupcake around. In fact it’s full of alcohol. But the truth is that I wish I could just take the day off work and eat them all…of course I won’t.They are probably the most elaborate cupcake I have made to date….but completely worth it. Has anyone ever heard of an Irish Car Bomb before? If you haven’t, according to Wikipedia : “An Irish Car Bomb is a beer cocktail that is drunk as a bomb shot, similar to a boilermaker. It is made with Irish stout, Irish cream, and Irish whiskey.” St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete till you have an Irish Car Bomb, let’s just eat it instead of drinking it.

Adapted from Baked Perfection

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Guinness stout (please see note at bottom)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark coca powder
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 1 cup vegan butter (I used earth balance)
  • 1 t apple cider
  • 3/4 cup of coconut milk

Note: 3/17/2014 when I originally did this recipe, Guinness was listed as vegan friendly in North American, it is now listed as no longer being vegan friendly. Please use a different dark ale that is vegan friendly in replacement of the Guinness Stout. Thanks guys 🙂

Whiskey Ganache Filling:

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 T vegan butter (I used earth balance), at room temperature
  • 2 t Irish whiskey

‘Bailey’s’ Buttercream Frosting:

  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter (I used earth balance)
  • 4-6 T of Bailey’s (I found this vegan recipe online that I used and recreated it)

Cupcake Directions: Preheat oven to 350, line cupcake pan. Bring butter and Guinness to a low simmer over medium heat in a saucepan. Add coca powder and whisk till smooth. Let it cool slightly. Whisk  flour, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar and salt. Add the Guinness Coca mixture slowly.  Mix in all remaining ingredients and mix till smooth. Fill each cupcake liner till 3/4 full. Bake 15-17min or till toothpick comes out clear. Yield’s between 20-24.

Whiskey Ganache Filling Directions: Chop chocolate and put it into a heatproof bowl. Heat coconut milk  to a simmer (if the milk starts to boil it can splash so be careful). Pour milk over chocolate and let sit for one minute. Taking a spatula stir from the center outward till smooth. Add butter and whiskey and continue to stir till completely mixed and smooth.  Let it sit till cool and thick enough for pipping.

To fill the cupcakes I found this trick online, I took a large decorating tip and pushed it into the middle of my cupcake till 3/4 down and cut the center of the cupcake out. Fill each cupcake with Ganache filling,  let it cool and scrape the top off if any leaked out. I actually had trouble using a piping tube as I don’t think I let it cool enough(notice above my boldness to help all of you out), I ended up just filling each with a spoon. And that worked fine.

‘Bailey’s Buttercream Icing Directions: Whisk icing sugar and butter till smooth, add desired amount of Bailey’s to taste. Pipe each cupcake. I used a Wilton 4B.

These are a sure hit at any St. Patrick’s Day party you may have or be attending.  And not a single person will know they are vegan…unless you of course tell them.

Tonight is my fit test for Insanity. It has been a whole two weeks! So far so good. I am loving the sweaty mess I am after a workout. I did Cardio Abs this weekend and it made me burn!

Questions: Have you ever heard of an Irish Car Bomb? Have you had one? Did you like it? Any plans for St. Patrick’s Day? I will be in the States doing some monthly shopping. Target here I come!

P.S Mandatory Tia photo…she has made me promise at least once a week she will be a superstar. She had a rough weekend, it was vet appointment time. Poor girl has to go back on Wednesday and stay for awhile for some tests. She may have allergies or asthma. I am heart broken about it. 🙁

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Your BFF March 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Those look far too complicated for me! But I’ll Definitely be whipping up a batch of that vegan bailey come christmas 😉 Save me one?


Destini March 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Love you!!!


Courtney Jones March 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Yummmy! These look awesome. It’s great that you found a vegan Bailey’s recipe.
Your photo is adorable! Love your “baking with alcohol” portrait! *hah*


Destini March 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Well it’s not everyday that I bake with alcohol. Probably because I will get drunk from eating it all…. 🙂


Lindsey March 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Those cupcakes almost look too good 😉 Thanks for filling me in on what an Irish car bomb is! I had no idea. I am going have to figure out some way to celebrate Saturday, I am thinking a spinach shamrock shake…
Hope your kitty is feeling better soon and have lots of fun in Target!


Destini March 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I love target. Sooo much! We are getting some soon. But it wont be the same…I am sure the prices will be more expensive here.


Janessa March 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Wow! Those look SO GOOD!!


Destini March 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Thank you! They were. I had to get them out of the house quickly before I stuffed my face with them all 🙂


Laura | A Healthy Jalapeño March 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

These look awesome. I have absolutely done a car bomb before but it was way back in my younger days. No more for me, instead I substitute for cuppies like these delicious ones!


liz March 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm

These look delicious! But as a hardcore vegan I am surprised you have butter on the ingredient list. Also, Guinness, like many dark stouts, is made using fish bladders. So unfortunately Guinness is not vegan either 🙁 For a full list of vegan and non vegan beer you can check out


Destini March 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Please see my above reply to Melissa R, and if you read the type of butter that I used in the cupcake recipe (earth balance), it is the exact same butter that is being used in the buttercream icing. Sorry for the confusion.

Thanks for the comment 🙂


Melissa R March 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Very cool but Guinness is neither vegan not vegetarian, so you are going to want to use another type of dark beer. Traditional beers, especially stouts, contain a compound called isinglass which comes from fish swim bladders. Sorry to rain on the parade =/


Destini March 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Hello, thank you for your comment, and I have been meaning to do a update for this. According to this post ( several I have read, if it’s North American Extra Stout Guinness, it does not contain isinglass. If you’re still uncomfortable with this description, you can use another dark ale that is vegan friendly. Hope this helps


Destini March 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I have noticed they have updated this list since I made this post and have now removed it. At the time of this post, it was listed in North America as vegan friendly


Veg4life August 26, 2014 at 11:04 am

When you say coconut milk, are you meaning the kind from a can, or will any non-dairy milk work?


Destini August 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

You want it to be thicker, cream like. So coconut from a can is the best! Good question.


Veg4life August 28, 2014 at 7:05 am

Makes sense! Should I separate the coconut “cream” from the liquid in the can? Or is that taking it too far?


Destini August 28, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I think it would change the consistency. I have had some coconut milk in the can that when you separate the liquid, its very dry.

Let me know how they turn out! I love love this recipe 🙂


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