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Spiked Irish Cream Latte Buttercream Frosting

I should start by saying that this recipe is not for children. Or anyone under 21. (I accidentally typed “18” the first time I wrote that…where am I living?)

It also isn’t going to get you drunk.

Although getting drunk on frosting does have a certain appeal to it.

Huh? What? Who said that? Give me back my keyboard!

In case you were wondering–I am aware that there’s a wonderful day next week called Thanksgiving and I haven’t featured any festive recipes here.

Go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here for yummy looking Thanksgiving recipes, and then make this frosting, eat it….and just try to be mad at me. Let me know how that works out for you.

(Also, I’m working on Thanksgiving, so maybe I’m a little bitter?)

This frosting would be perfect on a cupcake, a sugar cookie (pictured), or eaten straight off a very large spoon. I made cookie sandwiches too…because adding another cookie is NEVER a bad thing. I topped these with chocolate covered espresso beans. If you did want to make these non-alcoholic, you could use an Irish cream extract (does that exist?) or Irish cream syrup made for coffee.

Spiked Irish Cream Latte Buttercream

1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons Irish cream
2 tablespoons espresso powder
3-4 cups powdered sugar

1. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, Irish cream, and espresso powder.
2. One cup at a time, add in powdered sugar until you achieve desired consistency. You’ll want it a little stiffer/thicker for piping (mine was a little soft to hold its shape after piping).

Verdict: So yummy. Sweet, delicious andย addicting.
Husband’s take: He liked these butย preferredย the other type of buttercream that I made on the same day. That recipe will surface soon enough! I had a friend over and she liked this type better than the other flavor I made.
Changes I would make:ย Eat more next time? I actually threw some of these out after my friend left! Because they were too delicious and tempting.
Difficulty: Easy!

Yum. I wish I had one now.

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48 Responses to “Spiked Irish Cream Latte Buttercream Frosting”

  1. Kathryn — November 18, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I made some bourbon frosting once that I swear made me go all giggly.

    This looks wonderful though, I’d have a hard time not eating it with a spoon!

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

      Bourbon frosting? Love that! Searched your blog–nothing! Please share ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — November 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

    ooooh this is dreamy!

  3. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook — November 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

    What? You threw them out? What a shame! Let me give you my address so you can mail them to me next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

    You’re working on Thanksgiving?! That’s so un-American! ๐Ÿ™ This looks fantastic. Maybe if you bribe your boss with some yummies you can get off of work ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

      Ha! I know, but I get paid time and a half…so…it’s kind of worth it. And the hospital is nice and quiet on holidays usually.

  5. Tina@flourtrader — November 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Fantastic flavor! I will be keeping this one for St Patty’s day or any other day when I get the notion for eating and baking something with wee bit of Irish cream.

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

      Yeah–I’m not the best with my timing ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. Mal @ The Chic Geek — November 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I think getting drunk from frosting is the best way!

    This looks fantastic

  7. vianney — November 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Oh dreamy,creamy and spiked a little, love it!! sorry you have to work on T Day.

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

      It’s okay, five words: Time and a half pay!

  8. Laurie@TheBakingBookworm — November 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Your wonderful pictures have me drooling! Huge Irish cream fan here but mix that with cookies and icing and I’m in heaven!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

    OH my this looks amazing. I want 7. Seriously. And working on Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™ boo

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

      You might want to have 8. 7 is a weird awkward number :-P. Also, I volunteered to work Thanksgiving so I really shouldn’t complain ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — November 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Oohh those look dreamy!! hahah I love how you said 18 first! hahahah

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

      I know. Maybe too many cookies?

  11. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — November 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Must. Try.! I have always had a love affair with Irish Cream – especially since I remember od’ing on my mother’s friend’s fabulous Irish Cream Puffs as a child (who knew a child could get *tipsy* off of food *LOL*)

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

      Ha! Sounds fun!

  12. Asmita — November 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    who wouldn’t like that. Amazing.

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:31 pm


  13. Cassie — November 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I could eat it with a spoon. I love buttercream, especially when inspired by coffee drinks! And alcohol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Bev Weidner — November 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Okay I kind of need this to be in my belly this INSTAAAAAANT.

  15. Geni — November 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    OMG! Do you have any idea what kind of trouble I could get into with this buttercream. You mean girl…this looks so fantastic! Great idea. Fabulous idea…bad,bad idea.

  16. Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeno — November 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    OMG I can’t even close my mouth. These look amazing! I seriously have to make this on something right now!!!!

  17. Leslie Means @ Her View From Home — November 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    This looks wonderful! I love the idea of putting a little extra in my cookies. But you’re right – I better keep them away from my girls! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

      Leslie! Got the books today, THANK YOU! Love them and your sweet notes to E. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  18. Karriann Graf — November 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Wow these look amazing ….please deliver, I’m over 21!

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

      Will do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Claire @ Claire K Creations — November 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Haha I can’t say I wouldn’t like to get drunk on frosting. But imagine the hangover – a regular one combined with a sugar hangover would be rather painful.

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

      Eww, you’re right. That would be rough.

  20. Meghan — November 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    How do you make buttercream better? You add booze! I really would only need a spoon, but it looks really good on the cookies with the espresso beans too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rachel — November 18th, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

      That’s right! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. mjskit — November 19, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I’d definitely go for eating this right out of a big spoon! Fantastic cream!

  22. Robin — November 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Love the photos! Working on some Thanksgiving treats, this buttercream may be just what I’ve been looking for….

  23. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — November 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Buttercream with Baileys? I’m in!

  24. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Oh my lordy. This looks amazing. I love love love Baileys. I have to restrain from posting about it too much. Have you tried to Baileys coffee creamer? It’s amazing. So close to alcoholic Baileys but it’s non-alcholic and for coffee, sooo good if you have to go to work ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would never throw away desserts. Ever. And getting tipsy on desserts can be great. I just made dark rum oatmeal raisin cookies and was hoping I would ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rachel — November 21st, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      Hahaha! I loved this comment Averie. Sounds like we’re two peas in a pod! I drink my coffee black–but if I was going to put something in it, I think it would be Bailey’s coffee creamer!

  25. brandi — November 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    um, yes please! i could eat this off the spoon – no cookie needed.

  26. Cookin' Cowgirl — November 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Let me get this straight……you threw some AWAY?! Are you crazy?!!! Girl, my address is 4056…..next time you have extra cookies, or frosting, or cookies with frosting….send them this way please! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Those sound AH-mazing!

  27. Rachel Howdle — November 30, 2011 at 10:26 am

    ’18’ you must be here in the UK then! Can’t drive till we’re 17 but hey we can get blotto much sooner.

    I’ll definately be trying this out at the weekend – I’m thinking on top of some chocolate biscuits.

    • Rachel — November 30th, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

      Oh it will be delicious on chocolate biscuits!

  28. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — December 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Um….that picture with the two cookies and the buttercream piled high in between, yeah…I’ll take 2 please!! Great buttercream combo!

  29. Lori — February 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Lorann Oils makes an Irish cream flavoring!


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