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Baileys Frosting

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Baileys Frosting is absolute perfection with the right balance of boozy sweetness! Enjoy this fantastic, creamy frosting on cupcakes, cookies and your favorite cake! One bite and you don’t want the experience to end! Baileys Irish Cream Frosting is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day with my Guinness Cupcakes. Experiment with different Baileys flavors that include Strawberries & Creams, Espresso Creme, Chocolate Cherry among many other flavors! Read on for our recipe that includes 6 Tips and step by step instructions

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6 Tips for Baileys Frosting

  1. If piping the frosting, start with a small amount to determine if the frosting is the correct thickness.
  2. If the Baileys Frosting is too thick, add more vanilla, Baileys Irish Cream, or Milk. Start with ½ teaspoon since the consistency can change with just a little extra liquid. 
  3. If the frosting is too thin, then add more Powdered Sugar.  
  4. Store any unused Baileys Frosting in an airtight container with a lid.
  5. Bring to room temperature once refrigerated to make frosting the cupcakes easier.
  6. If you want to try different Baileys flavors in the frosting recipes, try their sample size bottles! An economical way to introduce different flavor profiles! 

Instructions for Making Baileys Frosting

  1. Room temperature: About 30-minutes ahead of time, bring the cream cheese and Kerrygold Butter to room temperature.
  2. Cream butter: Using a hand mixer, cream the Kerrygold Butter in a medium size bowl.
  3. Add cream cheese: Using the hand mixer, blend in the cream cheese until mixed with the butter.
  4. Add Baileys and Vanilla: Slowly mix in or stir in the Baileys Irish Cream and vanilla. 
  5. Stir in powdered sugar: Stir in the powdered sugar before mixing with the hand mixer to reduce powdered sugar flying out of the bowl!
  6. Decorate: Once frosting is smooth and at the proper consistency, decorate your cupcakes, cookies or cake.
  7. Refrigerate: Store any extra frosting in the refrigerator. Because the frosting does harden in the refrigerator, bring back to room temperature when ready to use.

How to Frost Cupcakes Without a Piping Bag

When frosting cupcakes, I do not use a piping bag. For me that is just one more item to clean! But of course we want them to look nice. I start with a thinner frosting by using 1 ½ cups of Powdered Sugar.

  1. Drop a generous spoonful of Baileys Frosting into the center of the cupcake.
  2. Using the back side of the spoon, smooth the frosting starting from the center to the outer edges.
  3. Add some fun decorate sprinkles!
  4. Place finished cupcake into a decorative liner. 
  5. Store in an airtight container.

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Side view of frosting in a clear bowl with a green napkin and Baileys Irish Cream Small Bottles

Baileys Frosting

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Baileys Frosting is absolute perfection with the right balance of boozy sweetness! Enjoy this fantastic, creamy frosting on cupcakes, cookies and your favorite cake!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baileys Frosting, Baileys Irish Cream Frosting
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Bring ingredients to room temperature: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 Cupcakes
Cupcakes
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Bernice

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl and mixer (ie., stand up mixer or hand mixer)

Ingredients

Baileys Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 3 tbsp Kerrygold Butter room temperature
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla

Instructions

Ingredients Preparation

  • Bring Kerrygold Butter and Cream Cheese to room temperature.
  • Baileys Frosting Instructions
  • Using a hand mixer, cream the Kerrygold Butter in a medium size bowl.
  • Blend in the cream cheese until mixed with the butter.
  • Slowly mix in or stir in the Baileys Irish Cream and vanilla.
  • Stir in the powdered sugar before mixing with the hand mixer to reduce powdered sugar flying out of the bowl!
  • Once frosting is smooth and at the proper consistency, decorate your cupcakes.
  • Store any extra frosting in the refrigerator. Because the frosting does harden in the refrigerator, bring back to room temperature when ready to use.

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate based upon the number of cupcakes and ingredients used.
Tips
  1. If piping the frosting, start with a small amount to determine if the frosting is the correct thickness.
  2. If the frosting is too thick, add more vanilla, Baileys Irish Cream, or Milk. Start with ½ teaspoon since the consistency can change with just a little extra liquid.
  3. If the frosting is too thin, then add more Powdered Sugar.
  4. Store any unused Baileys Frosting in an airtight container with a lid.
  5. Bring to room temperature once refrigerated to make frosting the cupcakes easier.
Nutrition Facts
Baileys Frosting
Amount Per Serving (24 g)
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 171IU3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4 comments

    1. It is fantastic! And a pleasant surprise if you do not know Baileys is in the frosting. Plus they have so many fun flavors. 🍀🍀🍀

    1. The Baileys added a really nice touch to the cupcakes. A nice surprise if someone is not expecting it. Guinness, Baileys and chocolate – not much more I can say!

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