Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, March 14, 2011

An Irish Treat for Tea

We're not Irish (or at least not much) but I do embrace St. Patrick's Day -- I love the corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread. It is as much a tradition at Linderhof as turkey is at Thanksgiving!!!!

But sometimes I rush the day as I did this weekend when I had a new recipe that I wanted to try -- cupcakes full of Irish "flavor"!

And so on Sunday afternoon, I baked them . . . . and on Sunday afternoon, both of us stopped for tea at half past three.

Alas, the only green on the table are the stems of the orange tulips! (But orange is one of the colors of the Irish flag!)

And the tea things aren't Irish but they are British -- the Spode Blue Room and Blue Italian. A lace cloth because when eating Irish, a lace covered cloth seems appropriate! The lamb molds on the table -- they'll be there until Easter.

And the tea treat . . .

Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Irish Whisky Frosting! Husband Jim pronounced them yummy. (and actually begged for another!) The frosting replicated the "head" on a pint of Guinness.

They would definitely make a good St. Patrick's Day treat for grown-ups!


1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 cup Guinness
1/2 c. canola oil
2 T. vinegar
1 T. vanilla

Irish Whisky Frosting

1 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 to 5 T. milk
3 to 4 t. Irish whisky

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 cup cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.

Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the Guinness, oil, vinegar and vanilla until smooth. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until well combined. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake liners. The cups should be filled about 3/4 full, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 to 22 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool completely.


Beat the butter on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat to incorporate. With the mixer running, add 1 T. of milk at a time until it reaches the desired buttercream consistency. Add whisky, 1 t. at a time, until desired taste. Beat on high for 2 more minutes until very fluffy.

It's Tuesday which means that it's Tea Time . . . . Let's join these parties!!!

Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


From the Kitchen said...

I hope Jim got his second cupcake. Even I would have liked a second. After all, it is (almost) St. Patrick's Day. They look and sound delicious.



How delicious! I'm your biggest fan of teas at Linderhof. I just copied the recipe so I can make it...what the heck if we're not Irish, but embrace the St. been a Catholic! I'll be posting at Kathleen's tomorrow my St. Pat's tablescape. Hope you do too.

Wanda Lee said...

Oh my!..,

What a fabulously yummy way indeed to celebrate St Patrick's day; with tea and grown up brownies!..,Yum!

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Love your tablescape, blue and white tea set, orange tulips and dishes especially..,

Thanks so much for joining Pam and I for TTTT and also for my 74th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'..,

Have a marvelous week and St. Paddy's day!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Babs said...

Your tea table is so pretty with the blue and white Spode and the orange tulips...but Oh my goodness do those Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Irish Whisky Frosting look divine! I'm definitely copying the recipe to try. Hope you have a lovely St. Patrick's Day.

Betty said...

A beautiful tea party you have set. I will have to try your recipe out, they look so good. Thank you for sharing.

acorn hollow said...

sounds yummy the ice cream store next to where I work has guiness ice cream. I tried it not bad. I is vanilla with frozen guiness through it. happy st patty's day.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Gorgeous. It looks wonderful. The cupcakes are fabulous. You always set the most beautiful tables. Love it. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Pamela Gordon said...

I could eat 2 or 3 of those cupcakes along with a good cup of tea in your lovely china cups! Lovely post! Pamela

xinex said...

That looks really yummy. I don't blame Jim for wanting another one.Happy Saint Patrick's Day!...Christine

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Your table setting is beautiful. I cannot resist anything blue and white. Wonderful old lamb molds. I have not seen any like it. The cupcakes look delicious. I will have to try them. ~~Sherry~~

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your tea table looks very inviting, not everyone has china with shamrocks.
The cupcake looks yummy,no wonder your husband wanted a second.

Karen said...

What a scrumptious looking cupcake! I'll have to give this recipe a try.
Ladybug Creek

Pondside said...

I'd definitely be cleaning the beaters after making that icing! What a treat!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Those are the most amazing looking cupcakes!
And I love your Spode, love the flowers too!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I love your Spode! Your tea table looks wonderful and so do your muffins! Happy St. Patricks Day and thanks for joining me for tea.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

mmmmm sounds good! love getting tulips for the house but I will be so glad when they are up in my yard!

Mary Bergfeld said...

They do look delicious. Sinfully so :-). The table looks really grand and ready for the feast. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha.....Goegeous blue and white tea set. Thanks for sharing your recipe and I wish could join you for one of your tea parties.
have a great day!!!!!

Joyce said...

WE love St. Patrick's Day at our house...but we are Irish.
WE have a huge party every year which we just held on Sunday. I want to have some guests over for Tea tomorrow but may not be able to due to some tests I am having done later today. Blah!! Athough I took the day off to watch's all Irish on the 17 of March every year. HA!
Is your Tea pot and cups and saucers "Spode?" That will be the next set I think I am the Blue and White.
Be BLESSED....Joyce

On Crooked Creek said...

Linderhof looks lovely with your blue spode ware, dear! Your Irish Treat for Tea would make any Irishman (or woman) drop to their knees and , like hubby Jim, beg for more! Yummy! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful tea table with your gorgeous Blue and White dishes.

Lynn said...

Oh I have to copy the cupcake frosting recipe. My hubby would love them. Such a lovely table with the Spode china and orange tulips. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tablescape and way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the comfort of home with hubby and some delicious 'Irish' cupcakes. Everything looks wonderful! x

Entertaining Women said...

I think that it's the cupcakes that will keep you from being pinched, and your gorgeous blue and white collection will leave many 'green with envy. ' Thanks for the recipe and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

paperbutterfly said...

Just a brief note but packed full of appreciation, for your post that you shared with us this week. The cupcakes sound wonderful and maybe not just on St Paddy's day.Beautiful Spode. I am eager to see you and what you design next week.
Until then, blessings, Pam