Baileys Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

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Do you fancy some indulgent baking? Then check out these Baileys Chocolate Ganache cupcakes. Fluffy chocolate cake filled a decadent Baileys ganache and topped with an Irish Cream buttercream. An utterly fabulous cupcake, to celebrate any occasion.

Baileys Chocolate Ganache cupcake with buttercream frosting

Sometimes only cake will do…

This past week has been chaotic, up and down the country for business and pleasure, then topped off with the latest Windows update totally killing my laptop.

Cue frantic backups and emergency purchases of an external hard drive to back everything up. If you take anything from this post, the main thing is to make sure you have a backup plan!

So to celebrate the laptop being on the mend, its time to get the recipe for these decadent Baileys cupcakes out there.

Bring out the Baileys Irish Cream

Baileys cupcakes have always been one of my ultimate Christmas bakes! But, there’s nothing to say that you can’t make them all year round.

In fact, they’d be absolutely perfect for St. Patricks Day, switch out the sprinkles for little shamrocks and you’re good to go.

For as long as I can remember though, Baileys has always meant Christmas in our house. Stocking up for cosy evenings in front of the fire with Christmas movies.

If there wasn’t a bottle of Baileys, then were we even doing Christmas right?

Cupcake on a plate, cut in half so you can see the chocolate ganache inside

Over the years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Irish Cream, until I learnt that actually it was pretty spectacular in cakes.

During Christmas in my old bakeshop, the chocolate Christmas Tree topped Baileys cupcakes filled with chocolate ganache always sold out in minutes flat.

Right then, do I need to sell these beauties to you, or are you already there and writing up your shopping list?

Three cupcakes with a swirl of pale buttercream frosting and chocolate wafer decoration

What makes the perfect Baileys Chocolate Ganache Cupcake

If you need an extra little bit of persuasion, then let me tell you that not only do these Baileys cupcakes look fabulous and ready for festive parties, they are also insanely delicious.

The Cupcake

Imagine a moist and fluffy chocolate cupcake perfectly balanced with a Baileys chocolate ganache in the centre, topped off with a creamy buttercream frosting, giving you Baileys in every bite.

The Decoration

To decorate for Christmas, go for some festive green, red and white sprinkles, and Baileys chocolate. I found Baileys Wafer Rolls on a grocery shop trip.

A simple buttercream swirl gives the cupcakes a Christmas Tree feel too. And lastly a sprinkle of cocoa powder to finish them off.

The Flavour

I can’t tell you enough, that these Baileys Chocolate Ganache cupcakes taste simply divine!

There is just the right balance of Baileys to chocolate, and the ganache adds an indulgent touch.

If you wanted to make them a little less boozy, switch out the ganache and add in some extra buttercream frosting.

Whichever way you go, I promise you, you’ll be adding them to your Christmas baking every year!

Three cupcakes with a swirl of pale buttercream frosting and chocolate wafer decoration

Tips for perfect Baileys Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 70% Dark Chocolate – Using a good quality dark chocolate is always the best place to start when making chocolate cupcakes. In my shop, I used to use, and I still use, Callebaut 70% Belgium Dark Chocolate – it’s perfect for melting and baking, without a bitter aftertaste
  • Wide piping nozzles – Make sure you use a wide enough nozzle, I like to use either the Wilton 1M or 2D nozzles for swirling my buttercream. I find the 2D is wider so you get a higher swirl than the 1M.
  • Decoration Sprinkles – Keep an eye on your local bake supplies store or online for St Patricks Day sprinkles to jazz up your Baileys cupcakes

Looking for more recipe inspiration?

If you’re looking for some other Baileys and chocolate inspired recipes, then why not give these a try…

Baileys Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Baileys Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

5 from 8 votes
Serves : 16 cupcakes
Fluffy chocolate cake, rich Baileys chocolate ganache and a smooth Baileys frosting, these These Baileys Cupcakes are perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


For the Ganache

For the Cupcakes

For the Frosting



  • To make the ganache: Add the chocolate to a heatproof bowl.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the cream until it is just about to boil, but don't boil it!
  • Remove the cream from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Gently stir together until the heat of the cream has melted the chocolate. Add the Baileys and stir through.
  • Set aside to slightly cool.
  • To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 180C and line a deep muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases.
  • Add the chocolate to a small heatproof bowl, place over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure that the bowl does not touch the water. Heat until all the chocolate has melted. Alternatively melt in the microwave in 30 second blasts. Set aside to cool.
  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until softened. Alternatively, you can make the cake batter, in a large mixing bowl, by hand or with an electric hand whisk.
  • Add the sugar to the softened butter and cream until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the creamed mixture. Beat well between adding each egg.
  • Add the cooled espresso coffee and melted chocolate, and mix until well combined.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together, and add to the mixture. Gently mix together until the cake batter is soft and smooth.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter between the cupcake cases, approximately 1 scoop per case.
  • Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • To make the frosting: In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and the Baileys. Beat until smooth.
  • Add the remaining icing sugar and Baileys. Beat until smooth. Be careful not to overbeat the frosting as it will slacken and maybe runny when piping.
  • To fill and decorate the cupcakes: With an apple corer or melon baller, hollow the top of cupcakes and fill with the Baileys chocolate ganache.
  • Fit a piping bag fitted with a 1cm star nozzle, and fill with the buttercream frosting. Hold the piping bag above the cupcake and pipe the buttercream in a swirl.
  • Decorate with sprinkles and decorations.


  • Why not warm up a little of the left over chocolate ganache and drizzle over the top of the cupcakes? Or add 1 tsp of cocoa powder into the frosting mixture to add a little extra chocolatey taste.
  • The cupcakes will keep up to 3 days in a sealed container, and the ganache will keep up to a week in the fridge. You might need to gently warm it before using.


Serving: 1cupcakeCalories: 605kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 6gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 247mgPotassium: 240mgFiber: 3gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 937IUCalcium: 45mgIron: 3mg


The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.

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Hi I’m Lou

… Dessert obsessed baker, busy 9-to-5er, and the recipe developer and photographer behind Crumbs and Corkscrews. Based in the UK, I live in the beautiful Cotswolds. I’m so glad to have you here with me and I can’t wait for you to start trying some of my recipes.

5 thoughts on “Baileys Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes”

  1. 5 stars
    Can’t believe you’re daring to mention Christmas in September haha! The cupcake look awesome and I love Baileys so I’ll let you off! 😀

    • Haha! Updated post and I’ve completey set the date wrong :::facepalm::: LOL! But they are so good whatever time of the year, although they really do have a Christmas vibe going on.

  2. 5 stars
    bailleys flavour??? adding this to my want to make list

  3. 5 stars
    I made Mini Bailey’s Cheesecakes last year and they were a huge hit and they were also incredibly easy to make. Although I think I will certainly be giving these a try this year.

  4. 5 stars
    I bake baileys EVERYTHING at Christmas time lol my fave is Chocolate Orange Baileys Brownies mmmm

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