Everyone who knows me will say without any hesitation that I am a coffee addict.  I cannot function without at least 5 cups during the day and please don’t even say good morning until I have had my morning cuppa Lol.  I’m first in line at my local Starbucks or Costa when any new flavour coffee drinks are released. I especially love all the Christmas Flavours.

So, when the lovely people at gave me some bottles of their gorgeous Irish Cream Liqueurs to play with  –  in my case bake.  I knew I was going to bake something with coffee.  Lets be honest, Irish cream Liqueur and coffee are a perfect combination.  So I had five gorgeous flavours to choose from Strawberry, Salted Caramel, White Chocolate, Toffee Buttermint and Original.

Merrys Irish Cream Liqueurs are mostly exported all over the world, but can be bought in Dublin in The Celtic Irish Whiskey Shop.  I think online purchases are available too.





Now of course these gorgeous  cream liqueurs make delicious drinks.  My daughter and I had great fun “taste testing” all of them. We made an “Adult” Strawberry Milkshake with fresh strawberries and a couple of  flavored iced coffees.  It was getting to the point where I’d be lucky to have any Irish cream liqueurs left to bake with.  After a heated discussion it came down to two flavors the strawberry or the salted caramel.

While out shopping i came across a box of the finest Irish Strawberries, hey presto, I knew immediately what I was going to use the Strawberry Irish Cream Liqueur  to make. Say hello to my delicious  STRAWBERRY MOCHA CUPCAKES.



These Strawberry Mocha Cupcakes are the perfect partnership of chocolate & coffee, and the addition of the Merrys Strawberry Irish Cream Liqueur takes it too another level especially in the amazing whipped cream frosting.




The cake is moist, chocolatey, and made with freshly brewed coffee.  So decadent, these cupcakes are a chocolate and coffee lover’s dream come true.    I promise you that the combination of strawberries & chocolate is to die for.


strawberry mocha cupcakes


I thought about making a fresh strawberry puree for the centre of the cupcakes, but in the end decided to go with adding chopped fresh strawberries directly into the batter along with some strawberry cream liqueur





strawberry mocha cupcakes




I love this recipe because it’s so easy to put together.  Thanks to my trusty Kitchen Aid Mixer (called Henry Lol).  I had these gorgeous cupcakes  in the oven in less than 30 minutes. All you need to do is whisk your dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl, then add your liquid ingredients into the dry ones.  It’s a  simple as that.

Now on to the Crowning Glory of these delicious coffee infused Strawberry Mocha Cupcakes – the Strawberry Whipped Cream frosting


strawberry mocha cupcakes


I decided to use strawberry jam in the frosting instead of fresh strawberries because it’s easier and sometimes fresh fruit can cause the cream to split .  I also added a few drops of red food colouring to make the colour of the frosting a little pinker, but it’s totally optional and  you can certainly leave it out if you wish.  Of Course, last but not least – I added 80ml of Strawberry Cream Liqueur into the mix. I whipped it till it was nice and thick – about 3-5 mins.  What I got was an “Adult Version “of a childhood favourite of mine Angel Delight.


strawberry mocha cupcakes


When the frosting was thick enough to pipe, I used an assortment of piping tips to decorate the cupcakes – that was the fun bit, that and trying very hard not to eat the frosting with a spoon.  I swear it is seriously addictive


strawberry mocha cupcakes


Deliciously decadent, this Strawberry Mocha, coffee infused chocolate cupcake is sure to be a big hit!  I promise you its a chocolate/coffee lover’s dream with a heavenly Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting.





  • Use the best ingredients available and make sure your flour and baking powder is fresh especially if you haven’t baked in a while
  • Bring ingredients to room temperature –  such as the eggs, butter, milk etc
  • Don’t over mix the batter – you want a nice light cupcake.
  • Use an ice-cream scoop to fill the cupcake cases about 2/3 full
  • Bake in the centre of the oven
  • Don’t leave the cupcakes in the tin, otherwise they will keep on baking in the hot tin – After 5 mins cooling time place them on a wire rack.
  • Make sure they are completely cool before you frost them



It goes without saying because of the alcohol that this cupcake is one for the Adults only 😉


5 from 6 votes


Deliciously decadent, these Strawberry Mocha, coffee infused chocolate cupcakes are sure to be a big hit! I promise you they are a chocolate/coffee lover’s dream with a heavenly Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting.
Course Cake
Cuisine American, european
KEYWORDS cupcake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 -15
Calories 300 kcal
Author Karyn Ryan- Irish Baking Adventures


  • 250 g plain flour - 2 cups
  • 25 g cocoa powder - 3 tbsp
  • 2 tsp baking powder - 2 tsp
  • 150 g softened butter - 2/3 cup
  • 150 g caster sugar 2/3 cup
  • 2 eggs
  • 25 ml full fat milk
  • 150 ml strong coffee
  • 50 ml Merrys Strawberry Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100 g strawberries chopped small approx 3/4 cup


  • 500 ml cream 2 cups
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 80 ml Merrys strawberry liqueur
  • 1 tbsp strawberry jam
  • A few drops of pink food colouring optional


  1. Preheat oven to 180c/350f. Line muffin tins with cupcake cases and set to one side.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well between additions.
  4. Mix together the cold coffee ,liqueur and milk. Set aside.
  5. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa together in a medium bowl.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the flour/egg mix and gently whisk together
  7. Stir in the chopped strawberries. (Coat them in a little flour this prevents them from sinking
  8. Pour batter , into the cupcake cases until 2/3 full. ( don't worry it's not a thick batter)
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean
  10. Leave to cool in tin for 5mins and then transfer to a wire rack to cool


  1. Place cream, sugar, liqueur, jam into your mixer and whip until stiff enough to pipe.
  2. Stir in a few drops of red colouring to get a nice pink colour ( this is totally optional).
  3. Pipe swirls of cream onto each cupcake
  4. Serve immediately. Cupcakes that are not eaten within a few hours should be refrigerated.

Recipe Notes

Serve immediately. Cupcakes that are not eaten within a few hours should be refrigerated.



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  • Lauren June 11, 2018 at 11:51 am

    It’s like this recipe was made just for me! SO good! I am going to be looking for these liquors…every single one sounds amazing! Irish Cream is my go-to, but I’m definitely intrigued by the white chocolate too!

    • Karyn June 12, 2018 at 9:26 am

      They all taste delicious and lovely to bake with.. I might try the salted caramel next 😉

  • Pavani June 11, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Oh my, strawberry mocha cupcakes look so moist and so inviting. That frosting looks sooo fluffy and delicious.

    • Karyn June 12, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Its was the crowning glory Pavani lol.. you could eat with a spoon

  • Claudia Lamascolo June 11, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    These are so pretty I love how delicate the frosting looks and fluffy I am sure they must be over the top delicious!

    • Karyn June 12, 2018 at 9:27 am

      I brought them to a family birthday Claudia and they were a huge hit

  • Adriana Lopez Martin June 12, 2018 at 4:23 am

    I have never tried a strawberry Irish cream but sounds amazing not to mention those cupcakes. And loved the decoration and all the nice details too pretty to eat =)

    • Karyn June 12, 2018 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Adriana .. they were a lovely treat and so easy to decorate

  • Veena Azmanov June 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Are you saying there is a strawberry flavor Irish cream? Damn… I have still not seen that! Oh, that sounds so wonderful. I need to look for it. These cupcakes sound delish. Such a pretty color on the frosting too.

    • Karyn June 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Absolutely Veena ..It’s mainly exported to the USA so you should be able to find it

  • Marisa Franca June 12, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Your cupcakes are adorable. So dainty and that icing on top looks fantastic and finger licking good. And let me say I’m very partial to Irish Cream — I didn’t know it came in flavors. YUM!! These cupcakes would be great for a baby or wedding shower.

    • Karyn June 15, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Gosh Marisa.. It comes in a few yummy flavors even a pumpkin one

  • Ruchi June 13, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Stunning colors and beautiful presentation. I am sure strawberry liqueur gives this cupcakes lots of flavor.

    • Karyn June 15, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Ruchi. they were a joy to bake and decorate

  • Mirlene June 13, 2018 at 10:39 am

    These cupcakes look so cute. Would love to make these!!!!pinning for later.

    • Karyn June 15, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you Mirlene

  • Heather June 13, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Irish Cream Liqueur?? Sign me up!! First, super jealous of your frosting skills .. I frost like a 4 year old. Second, spectacular recipe. Great flavor combination!

    • Karyn June 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks a mill Heather.. I promise you it took a lot of practice to get the piping right and the strawberry liqueur is delicious

  • Gloria June 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    ALL the flavours of Irish Cream are DELICIOUS. These tasty cupcakes would be great as a celebration dessert, for the BBQ parties this summer.

    • Karyn June 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you Gloria.. Yes they would be perfect for a BBQ

  • Nicole June 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    How cute those cupcakes look! So pretty! I wish we could get flavoured Irish cream liqueur, would love to taste the strawberry one.

    • Karyn July 4, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      It can be purchased online Nicole.. great to bake with

  • valmg @ From Val's Kitchen June 16, 2018 at 1:41 am

    These cupcakes look terrific. I love chocolate and strawberries so I’d definitely be up for trying these.

    • Karyn July 4, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Chocolate & strawberries best combo in the world xx

  • Karyl Henry June 17, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Oh yum, these cupcakes look so delicious! I’ve never thought of using coffee in a dessert like this. What a unique idea.

    • Karyn July 4, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks Karyl.. They were a great hit with everybody

  • Veena Azmanov June 17, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I keep seeing these cupcakes everywhere and can’t wait to try it. The color of that frosting is just perfect. I love the sound of strawberry Liqueur.

    • Karyn June 20, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Thanks Veena.. They were a joy to bake and eat 😉

  • Catherine June 18, 2018 at 12:46 am

    What a fabulous line of Irish Creams…I would love to try them! These cupcakes are so beautiful and I can only imagine how delicious they are too!

    • Karyn June 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Keep an eye out for them Catherine.. They are mainly exported overseas!!

  • swathi June 18, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Boozed cupcake and whipped cream with Irish cream delicious and perfect treat for grown up parties. I haven’t tried strawberry Liquor, I think I need to try it.

    • Karyn June 20, 2018 at 11:37 am

      You absolutely do Swathi.. It’s absolutely delicious


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