Dive into deep chocolate cupcakes bursting with Irish cream! Moist and rich, they’re topped with a dreamy, buttery Irish cream frosting that takes them over the top. Perfect for any occasion, these decadent Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting are guaranteed to be a hit.

Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

We celebrate NATIONAL Cupcake Lover’s Day on June 13! It is the celebration of one of my favorite desserts! Do you love cupcakes as much as we do?

What you will love about these Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

  • Double Dose of Irish Cream: The cupcakes themselves are infused with Irish cream for a subtle boozy flavor, while the frosting delivers another layer of that deliciousness.
  • Rich Chocolate Cake: Deep chocolate flavor in the cupcakes is perfect for chocolate lovers.
  • Moist and Decadent: These cupcakes are anything but dry, promising a delightful textural experience.
  • Buttery Frosting: The frosting is creamy and packed with buttery goodness, complementing the richness of the cupcakes.
  • Perfect Match: The frosting and cupcake flavors are designed to perfectly elevate each other.
  • Showstopper Dessert: These cupcakes are decadent and impressive, ideal for any event.
Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

I brought these to a BBQ last summer and they literally disappeared before most of the food was touched. While I didn’t expect that, I wasn’t surprised.

The flavors meld so incredibly together and you just have a rich, deep chocolate cupcake with a hint of Irish Cream flavor. Then you top that cupcake off with a silky smooth, irish cream flavored butter cream frosting. Perfection in a tiny wrapper.

Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

When I made these, I almost always have enough batter to go past 1 dozen cupcakes. Usually I get about 3-4 extras but sometimes can stretch to 6. 

It’s all really dependent on how you fill your cupcake liners. If you measure out each scoop perfectly, you will know each time how much you will end up with.

We double the recipe most of the time because they are a highly requested dessert item amongst our friends and family.

Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

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Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

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Making The Recipe

Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

Nicole Cook
Rich, moist chocolate cupcakes with a sweet Irish Cream flavor topped with the most incredible, buttery Irish Cream Frosting. A decadent cupcake that's a big hit at any event! These Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting are a favorite!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 258 kcal


For Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes

  • 1 ½ cups cake flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder DIVIDED
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup strongly brewed coffee room temperature
  • ¼ cup Irish cream liqueur

For Irish Cream Frosting

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese softened
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Irish cream liqueur more if needed to get consistency of frosting


For Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  • In a medium size bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and salt. Whisk together until blended and set aside.
  • Using a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter together with an electric mixer or stand mixer about 1 minute on medium speed.
  • In a small bowl, blend the oil, water and 2 teaspoons of baking powder until well mixed.
  • Add the oil mixture and vanilla to the sugar butter mixture and beat until combined.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture on low just until fully incorporated.
  • In a small bowl, combine coffee and Irish Cream. Add in slowly and beat on low until all is added. Increase to medium speed for about 1 minute, scraping down the sides as needed.
  • Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees F or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool 5 minutes before removing to wire rack and cooling completely before frosting.

For Irish Cream Frosting

  • In a large bowl, add the butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt and beat together until fluffy.
  • Add the powdered sugar about a half cup at a time and beat until everything is combined.
  • Slowly pour in the Irish cream and blend until smooth and desired consistency.


For frosting: Add tiny amounts of Irish Cream or Powdered Sugar if needed until Frosting is desired consistency.


Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 191mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 267IUCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy chocolate recipes, easy cupcake recipes, easy homemade recipes
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  1. My husband is not usually a chocolate fan but these were a big hit! We both loved them and will definitely be keeping this recipe on hand for our next party or event! Yum!

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