Martini Cupcakes – Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting

Learn how to make adorable and festive martini cupcakes. These alcohol infused cupcakes are in martini glasses, making them look like the real thing, sugar rim and all!

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How the Martini Cupcake Came to Be

Years ago I had this idea to make martini cupcakes after going on a stint of making alcohol infused food crafts and desserts. I figured why not make the cupcakes in the shape of an actual martini glass, similar to the martini glass Oreo cake pops.

Since baking the cupcakes in martini glasses directly would likely involve a mess of shattered glass and cupcake batter, I considered a better alternative. There must be a martini shaped cupcake tin, or at least a cone shaped one. Nope. So for these you’re going to want to make your own molds out of aluminum foil.

The Dirty Girl Scout Cupcake

The flavor of this cocktail cupcake recipe comes from the Dirty Girl Scout shot. The drink has various recipes, but one I’m familiar with is peppermint schnapps and chocolate syrup. Therefore what you’re ultimately making is a thin mint shot. Another recipe calls for Bailey’s, Kahlua, Vodka, and Creme de Menthe so I’ve combined the two variations into a chocolate mint cupcake with Bailey’s frosting to make a Dirty Girl Scout Cupcake.

You can also either make this cocktail cupcake 100% from scratch or the semi-homemade way using a box mix as a base.

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Ingredients and Materials to Make Dirty Girl Scout Cupcakes

Materials to Make the Martini Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcake

  • Either your favorite chocolate cake recipe or a chocolate cake box mix
  • 2 Tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract

Ingredients for Bailey's Frosting

  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2+ Tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquor (or another Irish Cream Liquor)
  • Green Food Coloring (optional)

Instructions to Make the Alcohol Infused Cupcakes

You first want to make the cupcake mold. Since cone or martini cupcake molds don’t exist, you’ll want to make your own out of tin foil.

To do so, shape the tin foil into a cone and place them into a cupcake tray for stability. Spray the custom molds with cooking spray and set them aside.

cones made of tin foil inside a cupcake tin

Then mix up your chocolate cake batter. If you’re making it from a box mix, simply follow the box instructions and add in the Kahlua and peppermint extract with the wet ingredients.

Divide the cake better evenly into the molds – typically this will be 24 cupcakes.

chocolate batter inside cones made of tin foil in a cupcake tin

Bake as directed, minus a few minutes to ensure the bottoms don’t burn.

Once baked, leave them to cool.

baked chocolate cupcakes in cone shaped tinfoil inside a cupcake tin

If you don’t want a sugared rim to the glasses, go ahead and place the cooled cupcakes into the martini glasses. The ones I used happened to be plastic for a party, but of course go fancy with real glass ones!

You can also take it a step further and truly infuse the cupcakes by poking them a few times on top and brushing some additional Kahlua.

chocolate cupcake in a martini glass

Instructions to Make the Bailey's Frosting

Use an electric or hand mixer to beat the butter until smooth. Then gradually add the powdered sugar. Use a spatula to wipe down the sides to ensure everything is combined.

Once mixed, add in the salt, vanilla extract, and Bailey’s. For the Bailey’s, I recommend starting with 2 Tablespoons and then gradually adding more, 1 Tablespoon at a time. You want to make sure the flavor comes out, but adding too much will make the frosting too liquidy.

Then if you want to signal that it’s mint flavored, add a few drops of green food coloring.

 

electric beater with green bailey's frosting on it

Finishing the Martini Cupcakes

If you want rimmed martini glasses, prepare a plate with the crystal sprinkles. Then dip the glass into a plate of water or corn syrup and then dip it into the sprinkles. This allows them to stick, just like with actual glasses.

Then pipe the frosting onto the cupcake into whichever pattern you’d like.

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I love how the layers look from the side, but looking from the top really does make it look like a cocktail.

hand holding a martini glass with sugar on the rim and green bailey's buttercream frosting on a cupcake inside the martini glass

Cheers! Enjoy your martini cupcake!

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Martini Cupcakes – Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting

Learn how to make adorable and festive martini cupcakes inspired by the Dirty Girl Scout Shot. These alcohol infused cupcakes are in martini glasses, making them look like the real thing, sugar rim and all!
Yield 24 Martini Cupcakes
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 2 Tbsp Kahlua
  • ¼ Tsp Peppermint Extract
  • Tin Foil
  • Cupcake Tin

Bailey's Frosting

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2+ Tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream Liquor
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Sugar Crystal

Equipment

  • Piping Bag and Tip
  • Martini Glasses
  • Electric Mixer or Hand Mixer
  • Cupcake Tin
  • Oven

Instructions
 

Martini Cupcake Mold

  • Shape the tin foil into cones and place into a cupcake tin
  • Spray the molds with cooking spray

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

  • Follow the box instructions and add in the Kahlua and peppermint extract with the wet ingredients.
  • Divide the cake better evenly into the molds – typically this will be 12 cupcakes.
  • Bake according to package instructions, minus a few minutes so the bottoms don't burn.

Bailey's Frosting

  • Use an electric or hand mixer to beat the butter until smooth. Then gradually add the powdered sugar.
  • Once mixed, add in the salt, vanilla extract, and Bailey’s. For the Bailey’s, I recommend starting with 2 Tablespoons and then gradually adding more, 1 Tablespoon at a time. You want to make sure the flavor comes out, but adding too much will make the frosting too liquidy.
  • If you want to signal that it’s mint flavored, add a few drops of green food coloring.

Form the Martini Cupcakes

  • Prepare a plate with the crystal sprinkles. Then dip the glass into a plate of water or corn syrup and then dip it into the sprinkles. This allows them to stick, just like with actual glasses.
  • Then pipe the frosting onto the cupcake into whichever pattern you’d like.
Keyword Bailey's, Chocolate, Cocktail, Cupcake, Dirty Girl Scout, Kahlua, Martini Glass, Mint, Thin Mint

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