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Guys, are you ready for St. Patty’s day? Can we be honest? And this may come as no surprise… St. Patty’s day stresses me out. Actually most holidays stress me out except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It’s silly I know. It’s those expectations of friends I guess. I mean, I’m a little person, I really can’t hang with the drinkers. But I really want to prove that I wear the big girl pants too, and we all know that won’t end well.
For the sake of not embarrassing my parents (or myself), I will not regale you with stories of St. Patty’s past. Suffice it to say, I try to stay faaaaar away from any major city or bar on St. Patty’s. No one needs to see that hot mess reprise itself. Truth. Also, it’s not pretty when a near-30-year-old is stumbling down the street. Get it together sistah.
So this is how I indulge on St. Patty’s now: Irish Coffee cake truffles – because I’m too much of a sissy to drink actual Irish coffee, and honestly this has exactly the right amount of sugar (i.e. approximately enough to give an elephant diabetes). Please let’s ignore the fact that the bottle in my photos isn’t actually Irish Whisky. Can I at least get bonus points for it being green?
So these were a brilliant stroke of genius if I do say so myself. I had all these leftover cupcakes from a baby shower I did, and they were all the ugly ones. Wrappers that wouldn’t stay on, weird sunken tops. They all tasted divine, but they were just butt ugly. So I decided, why not crumble them up and make cake pops? And then I thought oh I bet I could put liquor in there. AND THEN I remembered my St. Patty’s day anxiety and that you would all need a recipe to also help you calm down about the impending drink-a-thon. And somehow that made the leap to Irish Coffee. Because caffeine totally calms me down.
I may or may not have been drinking coffee when I came up with that idea. I can’t tell for sure.
Anyway, these have straight up liquor in them – not enough to get you drunk, but enough that people would question your morals if you gave them to a kid. Not to mention the caffeine. So basically, don’t make these for kids. Or do and leave out the coffee, and whisky, and amaretto – but then you’d have nothing left, so actually don’t. Do yah follow? Good. Onwards to the recipe!
- ½ recipe of any white or vanilla cake, baked, cooled, and crumbled
- Irish coffee frosting (recipe below)
- 1 package chocolate candy melts
- green sprinkles (optional, but let's be real)
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp Irish whisky
- 2 tbsp Amaretto
- 2 tsbp heavy cream
- 2 generous tsp instant espresso powder
- ½ tsp vanilla
- In a large mixing bowl cream the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Gently sift in 2 cups of powdered sugar until the mixture resembles shaggy sand.
- In a liquid measuring cup whisk together the whisky, amaretto, cream, and espresso powder until mostly dissolved.
- Add to the butter and sugar mixture and cream together.
- Continue sifting in powdered sugar until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.
- Taste and add vanilla if you feel the flavor needs to be mellowed. If you use too much powdered sugar you can thin with more cream (or amaretto or whisky if you're a hearty soul).
- Drop a massive, heaping dollop of frosting into the crumbled cake. Mix with your hands and continue adding frosting until you can form tablespoon sized balls of the mix without it falling apart.
- Continue forming cake balls and place on a piece of wax paper on a baking sheet.
- Place the truffles in the freezer to firm up - about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a deep microwave safe bowl melt the candy melts in 30 second increments until smooth.
- Using a fork or if you have them fancy dipping tools, roll the frozen truffles in the chocolate tapping to remove the excess and placing on the waxed paper to dry. Sprinkle with sprinkles before the chocolate has set. You can touch up any open areas with leftover chocolate when you're done.
- Can be kept in an airtight container for a week. I thought these tasted better the next day. And then I gobbled them all up. They are addictive, be careful. Don't say I didn't warn you.