Irish drinks inspire cupcake flavors

Click here to read article and watch video News 14 Carolina WILMINGTON -- This St. Patrick's Day, a bakery is using well-known Irish alcoholic drinks as an inspiration for cupcake flavors. Coastal Cupcakes in Wilmington hopes their unique treats get customers into the spirit of the holiday. "We've had the chocolate Guinness for, this is the third year and this year we're adding two more flavors," described Coastal Cupcakes co-owner Kristen Beckmeyer. "Just something fun. A way to celebrate the holiday. I mean, playing around in the kitchen with new flavors and a different way to celebrate the holiday during the day." Only a small amount of alcohol, about three tablespoons, actually goes into the cupcake frosting for a batch of cupcakes, but customers like Ryan Murphy said it doesn't take much for the flavor to shine through. "I've never really tasted anything like it," described Murphy. "It's a good way to kick start the St. Patrick's day." Bakers burn the alcohol off the cake to keep it from drying out. "We burn off the alcohol and the result is a nice, luxuriously moist cupcake," explained baker and manager Allan Bunch. Coastal Cupcakes plans to bake about 500 St. Patrick's inspired cupcakes for the holiday. For the past two years, the chocolate Guinness has been a big hit. This is the first time customers will get to try the Baileys and Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. Coastal Cupcakes will sell the special flavors this Thursday and Saturday.