Friday, March 16, 2012

Irish Candy Bar Cupcakes




When I first decided to do this Saint Patrick's Day series, the one product I knew I wanted to include was the Crunchie candy bar.  This Irish candy was one of my favorite childhood treats, and I couldn't wait to create a grown up dessert with it.  I picked up a few last week along with some Flake bars, another favorite of mine, and got to work.  What I came up with is a new cupcake that takes these candy bars to a whole new level.
To give you some info on a Crunchie, it is a milk chocolate candy bar with a honeycombed center.  It's pretty light and has a nice caramel flavor to it.  I wanted the flavor of the candy to shine, so I decided to crush up some candy bars and add them to my go to vanilla cupcakes.  To enhance the caramel flavor of the candy bar, I picked up some caramel flavored Baileys to add to the cupcake batter too. You had to know by this point that some type of liquor would be making an appearance!
The cupcakes were looking good at this point, but I needed to figure out how to incorporate the Flake bars.  While also a milk chocolate bar, a Flake is layers upon layers of very thin chocolate which creates a very delicate candy.  I really thought I would just be using them for a garnish, but then it hit me to make a ganache with them.  Using the flake bars to make a ganache worked out great, and that little chocolate filling was just what the cupcakes needed.  To finish off the cupcakes I made some whipped cream spiked with some more caramel flavored Baileys.  The whipped cream was the perfect topping,  light & not overly sweet.  Garnished with some more candy, these cupcakes are a fantastic treat for any Saint Patrick's Day celebration.
I hope these cupcakes along with the rest of the desserts in this series help you to think "outside the glass" this weekend!  It was a lot of fun getting to share some of my favorite Irish goods with you, and I hope you guys enjoyed the series as much as I did!  I also want to thank Raycom News and Joseph Neese for featuring me in a Saint Patrick's Day story today.  If you would like to check it out, you can do so here.  Have a great weekend and Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


Cupcakes

  • Use your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.  Once you fill the cupcake pan, break up a candy bar into small pieces, and drop them on top of the batter.  The pieces will sink in a little, but not much.
  • After the cupcakes have baked and completely cooled, freeze them.  Freezing them makes it easier to scoop out the centers when you're ready to fill them.

*Please note the amounts for the ganache and whipped cream frosting are for a batch of 12 cupcakes.

Flake Candy Bar Ganache
  • 3 ounces flake candy - You can use 3 ounces of any chocolate here
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Bring heavy cream to a low boil.
  2. Pour over chopped candy and stir to combine.
Caramel Baileys Whipped Cream
  • 2 cup heavy cream 
  • 2 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons caramel Baileys
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. Whip heavy cream in mixer till it starts to get frothy.  Add sugar and Baileys and continue to whip until peaks form. 
Assembly
  1. Scoop centers out of frozen cupcakes.
  2. Spoon a small amount of ganache in the cupcakes.
  3. Top with a generous spoon of Baileys whipped cream.
  4. Garnish with chopped candy bar pieces.

35 comments:

  1. These cupcakes are so festive! They look decadent. Absolutely stunning. Yummy!

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  2. So cute! I've never heard of those Irish candy bars, but they sound great. I'm glad you were able to incorporate them into these cupcakes!

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  3. Those look so amazing! I would gobble one of those up in no time flat! YUM!

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  4. These look amazing! Esp w/ the flake bars on top, love those!

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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  5. Flake AND Crunchie all in one bite? Yum! Love these gorgeous little cakes. Once again you have come up with a winner. Your presentation is beautiful too. Happy Paddy´s Day

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  6. I've never had that candy before, but it sounds yummy and these cupcakes look so good!

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  7. These look sooo good and I LOVE crunchie bars, I still have a few leftover from my trip abroad and I have been trying to figure out something to do with them. Happy St Pattys Day!

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    1. Thank you! Aren't they the best?! Hope you enjoy the cupcakes April!

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  8. These sound great! Perfect way to celebrate St Patty's!

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  9. I'm totally new to Crunchie, but as with everything you post, I want to make these right now. Great dessert for St. Patty's - I think this is the one for us! Happy Wearin' O the Green to you!

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  10. This candy bar sounds yummy! I want to try one. The cupcakes look ridiculously good. :)

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  11. Such adorable cupcakes and do they ever sound delish! Love the flavors you've added and the bit of crunch. Hope you're having fun celebrating St. Patty's Day!

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  12. What a yummy looking cupcake. I love the photo's, gorgeous!!!

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  13. OMG this cucpake looks amazing! I'm loving this Crunchies candy bar - sounds delicious! These are really gorgeous.

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  14. This was a great series Meghan and you ended it with a bang! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much Sandra! I'm so happy you liked it!

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  15. Yum!! I love Crunchie and Flake from a kid, haven't had them in years! Great cupcakes!

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  16. Yet another here to say I've never tried Crunchie but I sure want to now... on these cupcakes :-D I am pretty sure I would happily eat that whipped cream straight from the bowl hehe

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  17. They look just amazing!

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  18. omg! I LOVE Crunchies AND Flakes - delicious!!!

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  19. WOWSA! I love flakes! I always feel so naughty when I get them at the store though :) A good naughty. The next batch is destined to be cupcakized!

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    1. Thanks girl! Hope you enjoy them!

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  20. I can't believe I'm staring at these beautiful cupcakes on a Saturday morning. They look AMAZING! Now I have to see how I can get one for breakfast. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  21. Those look amazing! I want one for breakfast :)

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  22. The topping is killing me...! Delicious!

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  23. Love these! They look scrumptious with all of that delicious candy and piled high buttercream! Your cupcake liners are super cute as well! Hope you had a wonderful St. Patty's!

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  24. Wow! Just wow! These look so amazing! Such a wonderful treat!

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  25. Holy yum! I absolutely LOVE these.

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  26. Oh, boy, is this a triple winner...the cupcakes, filling and icing all look incredibly delicious!!! This is my kind of St. Patrick's Day treat :)

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  27. Wow, there's just so much goodness going on here. A vanilla cake with chopped up candy bars right in the batter?!! And that gets topped off with an alcoholic whipped cream frosting? You just might be a genius.

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  28. Absolutely Fabulous.

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  29. Your recipes always look so yummy. I’m nominating you for a Versatile Blogger Award on http://www.nanaclareskitchen.com
    Peace, Clare

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  30. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is all about favourite foods from childhood. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Have a great week.

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