Look Out! These Are Called B52 Cupcakes!!

I got a new cookbook...read about it on the web...it's called Cooking With Booze by Ryan Jennings, David Steele, Geoffrey Ross...and it has this recipe for B52 cupcakes in it...I was entranced by this idea! The cupcakes contain Kahlúa. The whipped cream frosting contains Bailey's. The orange zest contains Grand Marnier! Whoa Baby! All the recipes in the book use some sort of alcohol...and they have different drink recipes to go with the meals. There are even a few entire menus for special occasions. I'm in charge of our dinner club (we call it "We like to eat") this month and this is where I'm getting my recipes for the group...Everyone will have to take a cab home!

This was going to be a challenge, I knew. Three different recipes. And, one of the things it calls for is making candied orange zest (with Grand Marnier)...which I'd never done before. All I have to say is: Yummmm...The cupcakes have espresso in them and mayonnaise (REAL mayo) so they are very moist...but light. I did have a problem with the whipped cream frosting...I made it three times...the first two times it separated when I added the Bailey's. Very frustrating....But I will definitely make this cupcake again. It was both challenging and fun! The funny thing is this...the best part was learning how to make the candied orange zest!

Here's the recipe:

B-52 Cupcakes

With full bottles of Kahlúa, Bailey’s and Grand Marnier on hand, the Cooking with Booze guys say the baking is as fun as the eating.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup mayonnaise (full-fat is best)
1/2 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee, cooled
1/4 cup Kahlúa
1 1/2 cups heavy cream (38% if available)
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. unflavoured gelatin
Candied orange zest
1 medium orange
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. Grand Marnier

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.

2. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder in large bowl and form a well in the centre. Add mayonnaise, 1/2 cup water, espresso and 2 tsp. Kahlúa and mix with wooden spoon until smooth. Fill baking cups two-thirds full with batter and bake until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean (about 15 minutes for mini-muffins and 25 minutes for regular muffins).

3. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes, remove from pan and allow to cool completely on rack. Brush remaining Kahlúa over cupcakes.

4. Meanwhile, combine heavy cream, Bailey’s and sugar in medium bowl and beat with mixer until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle gelatin over 2 Tbsp. of water in small saucepan and place over low heat and let cool slightly. Drizzle gelatin into cream mixture and beat on low speed until combined.

5. Fit pastry bag with round tip and fill with whipped cream. Pipe swirls of cream onto each cupcake and garnish with candied orange zest or pieces of grated fruit zest.

6. To make the zest, peel orange very thinly with vegetable peeler, making sure to get only zest and no bitter pith. Slice into thin strips. Place zest in small saucepan and cover with cold water. Place over medium-high heat and boil until zest is slightly translucent, about 15 minutes.

7. Add sugar, Grand Marnier and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until zest becomes completely translucent, about 1 hour. Remove zest from syrup, separate strands and place on wax paper to cool. Makes 48 mini or 12 regular cupcakes.

— Recipes from Cooking with Booze (Whitecap Books)


  1. Oooohhhhh! Cupcakes. I love cupcakes! I can't believe I hadn't stumbled upon your blog until now. I just had to say hello! Have a wonderful day!

  2. hey CQ,

    I've recently had 2 frustrating experiences with separating creams... what did you learn or do differently the third time to make it work?

    my mum (who's a great, experienced cook) couldn't give me any ideas on why they separated because we were considerate of temperature and such. we're just a bit confused as to what has happened (one time it was a white choc mousse that was quite cream-based, the other time was a coffee flavoured cream).

    looks pretty tasty though! i know what cupcakes i want to make next :P
    - stu

  3. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Whoa, nellie. Is it okay to operate heavy equipment after eating one of those?

  4. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Hey, CQ! I just read about cast iron cupcake pans from Williams-Sonoma. Have you seen 'em? If not, they're right on the front page of their site.

  5. Anonymous2:14 PM

    I forgot one detail --they make the cupcakes look like icecream cones. Very cute.

  6. Okay, I made these! I ate the frosting right out of the bag! I will say that the cake part of the cupcake was a bit dry, but the whipped cream and bailey's more than made up for it. OMGTHEYWEREGOOD! when all put together. BTW, I changed my blog from Keeshateneyck.com to prissycook.blogspot.com, check it out.

  7. Anonymous3:58 AM

    I am absolutely no expert but the mayonaise sounds scary...

    looks beautifull tho'!

  8. I love these cakes for a dessert wedding reception.