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Irish Coffee Cupcakes


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a front view of a irish coffee cupcake in a green checkered cupcake holder
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Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cool Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Calories: 355kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ½ cup plus 2 teaspoons granulated sugar , divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder , divided
  • 2 tablespoons good Irish Whiskey , or more
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 2 large eggs , at room temperature
  • ½ cup half-and-half or light cream , at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a small saucepan, stir together ½ cup granulated sugar and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Take off the heat and whisk in 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder. Stir in the whiskey and let cool. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder.
  • Cream the butter and brown sugar together on medium high speed until fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add half the flour mixture, then the half-and-half and finally the rest of the flour mixture. Blend until almost all the flour is mixed in. Add the vanilla and mix. With a large spatula, finish mixing the batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then spoon the coffee whiskey mixture evenly and slowly over the cupcakes. Let cool for 30 minutes in the pan then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, whip the cream with the 2 teaspoons of sugar and swirl on top of the cupcakes.


Nutrition Facts
Irish Coffee Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 278mg12%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 867IU17%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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