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Expresso Cupcakes, Caramel Ganache, and Irish Cream Frosting!

Today is my good friend, Josh’s birthday.  He had taken some really great pictures of my creations for the blog.  To celebrate his birthday I made him some cupcakes!

Expresso Cupcakes

The cake recipe came from: Confessions of A Faux Gourmet

  • I used at chocolate fudge cake mix
  • I used 3/4 cup espresso and then a little under 1/4 cup water

The filling recipe came from: The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts on Pg. 23

The frosting recipe came from: Brown Eyed Baker

  • I have made her Irish Car Bomb cupcakes before, and knew the frosting was exactly what I wanted for these cupcakes.

St. Patrick’s Day – Fun Foods

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow!  I love this holiday for all the fun foods!  I have been browsing pinterest and food blogs for fun green food ideas as well as other festive ideas.  Here are some of my favorites; click the picture to go to the recipe!

1. Crab Stuffed Baked Avocado – Domestic Fits

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2.Cucumber Cups Stuffed with Spicy Crab – Domestic Fits

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3. Lucky Leprechaun Hats – Betty Crocker

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4. Ligurian Pesto with Spaghetti – Bon Appétit

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5. Cheddar Biscuits – Kraft Foods

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6. Irish Cheesecake – Kraft Foods

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7. Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes – Brown Eyed Baker

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8. Grilled Corned Beef and Fontina Sandwiches – Bon Appétit

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9.Green Eggs and Ham – Martha Stewart

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10.Vegetarian Split Pea Soup – The Curvy Carrot

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11. Monster Veggie Burger – Shape Magazine: Healthy Eating

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12. No Bake Mini Grasshopper Pies – A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

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13. Mrs. O’Callaghan’s Soda Bread – Bon Appétit

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Hope these pictures and recipes gave you some ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day food festivities!

Irish Cream Iced Coffee

I have really been enjoying iced coffee this summer! It’s so tasty, and I wanted to try to make my own.  The first recipe I was on Ree Drummond’s blog.  Her recipe was a little to massive on scale for me, but I really like her method.  The next recipe I was on Averie Cooks Blog.  Her recipe was more my style.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp Whole Espresso Beans

6-8 C. Water

Bailey’s Irish Cream

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Coffee Grinder

Coffee Machine

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Directions:

1. Put whole espresso beans into the coffee grinder.  Grind beans until they are fine pieces.

2. Brew 6 or 8 cups of coffee in machine.

3. Chill hot coffee in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. I like to chill mine for about an hour.

  • For colder iced coffee chill Irish cream and mug along with coffee.
  • I also like to make a few coffee cubes instead of ice cubes.  This helps keep the coffee from become watered down.

4. Pour coffee into mug.  Pour Bailey’s Irish Cream into mug. I only pour the cream until I can see is starting to swirl in the coffee.

5. Add coffee or ice cubes if desired and Enjoy!

**Variation:  I also have used milk and some butterscotch schnapps instead of the Irish cream and that works well too!