These Beer Mug Cupcakes with Baileys Filling are a fun treat for any party. They're so good, your guests will toast to their deliciousness!
Drinkers and teetotalers alike can enjoy these Beer Mug Cupcakes. Each triple chocolate cake is filled with decadent Baileys Irish Cream chocolate ganache, then wrapped in white modeling chocolate decorated to look like a beer mug, and then topped with a frothy whipped cream foam. These festive cakes can be served for many occasions including: St. Patrick's Day, 21st birthday parties, sports parties and even backyard barbecues.
I used triple chocolate cake mix and half-pint Mason jars to bake the cupcakes. The Mason jars make taller cupcakes that mimic a beer mug shape. Before you do anything though, grab some non-stick cooking spray (preferably the kind with flour) and give each of your jars a really good spray. Do not skip this step or your cakes will stick – and that would be a bummer. Cake crumbs don't make good beer mugs.
Once you get the jars sprayed, make your cake mix and spoon a little over 1/2 cup into each jar.
Place all the jars on a baking sheet and stick them in the oven for 20 minutes.
Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes, then turn the jars upside down, allowing the cakes to fall out. If they stick, run a knife around the edges. Let them cool completely.
Meanwhile, make some Baileys Irish Cream ganache and let it hang out to cool for a while.
You want all of your beer mugs to be the same size, so cut each cake to be three inches tall. Use a cupcake plunger/corer, apple corer or a knife to remove some of the center of each cupcake. I used a cupcake corer first, then a knife to cut out some more from each cake. Pour some of the ganache into each cake. You'll have lots of scraps leftover, so enjoy a little snack before making your modeling chocolate wrappers.
Color one batch of white modeling chocolate a golden yellow color.
Roll it out on a non-stick baking mat (or on a cutting board lightly dusted with powdered sugar.) Cut 10 rectangles that are 3 1/4 inches wide by about 8 inches long.
Use a wooden dowel or straw to press indentations about 1/2 inch apart all across the yellow strip. Leave about a 1/2 border all along one edge. That will become the bottom of your beer mug.
Wrap one yellow strip around each chocolate cake, cutting off excess modeling chocolate so the two seams match up. Rub some water along both ends and press the two seams together. You can also use melted white chocolate to attach the pieces.
Pinch off pieces of the remaining white modeling chocolate, roll into logs and bend to form handles. Use some water or melted white chocolate to attach the handles to the mugs.
Just before serving, add some whipped cream foam.