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happy st. patrick’s day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! I am a wee bit Irish; therefore, I wanted to throw together a St. Patrick’s Day inspired post. Last night I had a little time on my hands, so I thought I would whip together some Irish Soda Bread and some festive cupcakes. I have never made Irish Soda Bread before, but after browsing allrecipes, I realized this type of bread is super easy. The dough was mixed and in the pan within ten minutes; the top browned up beautifully and the aroma was intoxicating. Now let me keep it real here for minute by saying I have never tasted Irish Soda Bread before, so I cannot claim that this recipe or taste is authentic. What I can claim, is that this is one easy and delicious loaf of bread! So if you’re feeling festive…raid your pantry and get to baking! Click here for the recipe! Now onto dessert…These cupcakes are the chocolate cake recipe I have used many times, but this time I added a bit chocolate ganache to center to jazz it up! I am starting to think I should get paid for singing the praises of this chocolate cake recipe, but I have no idea who in the hell would pay the bill. I topped the cupcakes with dyed Buttercream Dream frosting and tossed on some sprinkles! These are really truly amazing for how simplistic they are.
Buttercream Dream Icing
Ingredients
1 stick salted butter – room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
1 cup shortening
1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar, 10x)
4-6 tablespoons very cold milk
Directions

Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the clear vanilla extract and combine well. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk… one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.

I hope these recipes make your day deliciously addictive and of course… a little more Irish! My TwD post will be coming up later this week!

I have received several emails asking where I get my bright cupcake liners…they are from confectionaryhouse.com. I first saw these featured on Bakerella’s blog and quickly fell in love!

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Susan

Wednesday 7th of March 2012

I’m planning the St. Patrick’s Day party for my daughter’s class. I can’t wait to make these..they will be a hit with the kids! I found some cello candy bags from Box and Wrap that have shamrocks on the bags….so cute. It’s the extra special touches that make the party great. Thanks so much for the recipe.

camelia

Thursday 26th of March 2009

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camelia

Thursday 26th of March 2009

Hello,

We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM!!! YUM!!!.We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,enjoy your recipes.

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n.o.e

Saturday 21st of March 2009

Jamie, the cupcakes are adorable and seasonal - and delicious looking too - but I'm so intrigued by your bread. I wanted so badly to make Irish Soda bread this week but just could not squeeze it in. I'm glad to vicariously enjoy yours!Nancy

Elyse

Thursday 19th of March 2009

Eek, I'm so behind in my posting. Sorry, sorry...it's been a hectic week! But I must say that your bread and your cupcakes both look fabulous. I love that you added ganache to the cupcakes...what a great way to jazz up an already chocolately treat. And, of course, I'm a huge frosting fan, so your buttercream totally floats my boat!

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