Do Irish Potatoes Count As A Vegetable?

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.  That means it’s time for green beer, four leaf clovers and Irish Potatoes!  I don’t drink beer, green or otherwise, and I’m completely lacking in the luck department, but holiday candy?  I’m all over it!

IRISH POTATOeS
IRISH POTATOES (Photo credit: Melody Kramer)

Cream cheese, coconut, confectioners sugar, cinnamon…  I was thinking the other day that these flavors would make a good drink.  I found a bunch of recipes and plan on trying a few (has anyone ever had an Irish Potato cocktail???).  After I did some research on drinkable versions of this little treat I go to thinking that I should also make an Irish Potato cupcake.

irish potato cupcakes

For the most part I am not yet brave enough to completely make up a recipe on my own, so for these cupcakes I combined two different recipes that I found online.  I made the cinnamon cupcake recipe from Duncan Hines’ Snickerdoodle Cupcakes and topped the cupcakes with a Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting recipe from Allrecipes.com.

irish potato cupcakes

These were good, but they didn’t quite capture the flavor of the Irish Potato candy.  Even though I added extra cinnamon to the cupcake batter, they were nowhere near cinnamon-y enough.  The frosting was good, but the cream cheese flavor was definitely the most prevalent.  If I were to attempt these cupcakes a second time I would cut the cream cheese down just a bit, add more confectioners sugar and definitely add more coconut extract.

irish potato cupcakes

Or maybe I would try this recipe that I just found…. It has an Irish Potato stuffed in the cupcake!  My only problem would be trying not to eat all the Irish Potatoes before I got around to sticking them into the cupcakes.  🙂

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9 thoughts on “Do Irish Potatoes Count As A Vegetable?

  1. Damn – I’m Irish, and all your Paddy’s day bakes and tails are definitely too good to compete with! These look absolutely gorgeous, I’ll have to try Irish Potato Candy some time (we don’t get it over here!)

    1. Do you live in Ireland? I’ve always wanted to take a trip there!

      I’m learning that these Irish Potato candies might just be a New Jersey thing! I always thought everyone knew what they were.

      They are actually very easy to make (and SO tasty!). Here’s a recipe if you want to try them out. There’s nothing Irish about them I suppose, but they do look like little potatoes. 🙂

      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Irish-Potato-Candy/Detail.aspx

      1. Oh wow, thankyou, you’re so kind to get me the recipe! I must try 🙂 yep, Irish and never heard of them. Cupcakes and candy to experiment with now – I am spoiled…baking Sunday here, I’m honouring paddy’s day in advance a little sideways by adding booze to all my cupcake batches. The green food colour is calling to me though…

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