Chocolate cupcakes with Irish cream frosting

Hey bloggies ๐Ÿ˜€ Howโ€™s your night going?? Mine is bueno because Iโ€™m chilling here on the couch with the pilot ๐Ÿ˜€ Life is back to the way I like it ๐Ÿ™‚

I do have to say that the Irish cream cupcakes were a success


More on that in a second ๐Ÿ˜‰

So this morning, I met up with Jeni at the gym to pump some crazy iron

Hereโ€™s what we did:

Warm up Elliptical 5 minutes
Dumbbell upward rows 8 lbs each 3 sets of 12
Supine triceps extension 5 lbs each 3 sets of 12
Stability ball push up Body weight 3 sets of 10
Double arm dumbbell raise 10 lbs 3 sets of 12
Cable OH tricep extension 35 lbs 3 sets of 12
Vertical chest press machine 35 lbs 3 sets of 12
Elliptical 10 mins  
Total time: 1 hr    

After the gym, I hit up Publizzle for cupcake supplies and the liquor store for the rest of the goods. Not gonna lie, I felt like an alchy strolling around in there at noon. But you gotta do what you gotta do ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cupcake supplies:


(Not including the industrial sized bottle of Baileysโ€ฆ muahaha)

Yes, I used box mix. Usually Iโ€™m a little Betty Crocker and make everything from scratch, but today was a little frantic and I truly think boxed cake mix tastes wonderful. So instead of being Betty Crocker, I was Mrs. Pillsbury today ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

To the mix I added:

-Guinness instead of water

-Sour cream instead of oil

-3 organic eggs


They came out pretty nicely:


12 glorious Guinness cupcakes and a thin mini cake with the extra batter (Iโ€™ll cut it into fourths later and make a big โ€œcake pieceโ€ out of it for the pilot)

While those were cooling, I got to work on the Baileys frosting.


In the mixer, I whipped up 2 sticks of room temperature unsalted organic butter. Then I added organic powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time, then drizzled in 1/4 C of Baileys (creamy beige). (I love how I use chemical laden boxed mixed with all organic frosting ingredients. Balance, right?? Haha)

Then it was decorating time!



Donโ€™t you just want to dive in???



The pilot was a happy kid ๐Ÿ˜€ So was Iโ€”I definitely had a few bites ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE me some Baileys.

Lunch was three parts:

1. ezekandbuttah



After I finished the cupcakes, it was time for Zumba, which was such a blasty tonight!

Hereโ€™s the playlist I used:


Iโ€™m really stoked for Decemberโ€™s Zumba workshopโ€”I need some new music in my life. And some cute Zumba pants ๐Ÿ™‚

Something exciting: I got asked to teach a Zumba class in Nashville. (Not sure of the details yet, but when I find out, Iโ€™ll definitely let the Nashville bloggies know!) Heaby, I might finally get to visit and take yoga with you!

By the time we got home from the gym, it was already late and we realized that dinner wouldnโ€™t be done until around 9:30. So the pilot is eating take-out because he was starving and my dinner is in the oven. Romantic dinner will have to wait until tomorrow :/

Well Iโ€™m off to make a salad beast ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful night!

Much love,


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  1. boomette1 on November 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    wow these cupcakes look amazing. I want one ๐Ÿ™‚ Great list of music. I love Selena. I have almost all her CD’s

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    They look delish!!!! Yum! Love your beautiful frosting, girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. VeggieGirl on November 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Awesome decorating job with the frosting!!

    Congratulations on the teaching offer!! Rock it out in Nashville ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on November 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I love your car bomb subs! And, agree, cake mix is wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you got yo Mrs. Pillsbury on!

  5. Jenna on November 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    You are definitely Mrs. Pillsbury with your mad frosting skills. I don’t think I could be trusted around those!

  6. Erica on November 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    The cupcakes look so good girl! How fun. Josh would eat that frosting by the cup full (LOVES baileys). AW! So cool that you may teach in Nashville. Enjoy the restof your night

  7. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Those cupcakes look amazing! That is a fabulous idea!!

  8. Stephanie on November 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Those cupcakes look great! I have seen the Guiness cake recipe before and always thought it would be so good – thanks for confirming ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you have your man back home and are enjoying your time together yay!

  9. laura dishes on November 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Yay, I can’t wait to find out when you might teach in Nashville. My bf lives there, so I make the trip pretty often!

  10. Amelia on November 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Those cupcakes look/sound AMAZING! I’ve heard of Guinness cupcakes, but I especially like the sound of added Bailey’s! Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Marshall on November 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I would LOVE to make those cupcakes for my hubs when he returns from his deployment next month! I don’t have a mixer though ๐Ÿ™

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm

      do you have a hand mixer?? that would totally work.. or you could do it by hand and get a really good arm workout out of it ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Donna on November 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Yum! Those look so good! Perfect for St. Pat’s – I hate all the green crap, but this would go great w/ my menu. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Jackie on November 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    OMGoodness! I think I need a cold shower after reading about those cupcakes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will have to make those as soon as I get the opportunity! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Light Delight with TouTou on November 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Gina, I really hope you can come to maryland and teach Zumba!!! we are in need of a great zumba instructor!

    that cup cake looks fabulous – I love that swirl frostings!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm

      that would be AWESOME- i’ve never been to maryland!

  15. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on November 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Holy cupcake goodness!!!! I’m drooling over here! Nice job on the frosting!

  16. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Bailey’s Frosting? Now we’re talking!!!! Looks sooooo good!

  17. chrysta on November 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    woohoo! cant go wrong with guinness cupcakes!!! Yum Yum!!! Looks so great=)

  18. Mandy A on November 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm


    I live in Nashville… and am quite obsessed with my Zumba classes! ๐Ÿ™‚ My hubby goes, too!

    I’ve actually been trying to get HEAB’s to go with me to a class!! Maybe this will finally get her to one??? ๐Ÿ™‚

    If it’s okay…I’d love to hear more details when you have them ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Liz on November 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Mmmm, those cupcakes look delicious!!

  20. Jenna on November 9, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    wow! those cupcakes looks soo amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. BethT on November 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Those cupcakes look awesome!

  22. Haylee on November 9, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Yum, those cupcakes look amazing!
    Zumba sounds so fun, I need to try it someday.

  23. Roro (AmazonChick) on November 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Zumba was Great tonight!! its been helping with my weight-loss

  24. Katie on November 10, 2009 at 12:09 am

    i LOVE your blog! thanks for all of your great workouts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jill on November 10, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I am going to HAVE to try those cupcakes. My boyfriend will faint!

  26. Mama Pea on November 10, 2009 at 1:32 am

    I’m a moron. I thought you were going to drink the Guinness while you baked the cupcakes. Oops. Yeah, your version sounds much better.

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2009 at 7:47 am

      hahah i wouldn’t be surprised ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Diana on November 10, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Those cupcakes look soooo delicious!

  28. Jaclyn on November 10, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I’m curious whats on you ezek…lemme guess: mesquite and cinnamon?! Still haven’t tried that combo, need to get on it! ๐Ÿ˜€ …is that soup??

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2009 at 7:46 am

      earth balance, mesquite and cinnamon are on the ezek
      and that’s amy’s split pea soup ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Shelby on November 10, 2009 at 6:22 am

    B.e.a.utiful Cupcakes!

  30. Katie on November 10, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Hungry proceeds decorum ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL Gorgeous cupcakes. Great piping! Eh one night of box won’t kill ya ๐Ÿ˜‰ And you do have a beautiful balance going.

  31. Anne on November 10, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Nice cupcakes! Your lunch looks good, but what is the 2nd picture ?

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2009 at 9:33 am

      amy’s split pea soup ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on November 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. Don’t know whether I’m more excited about you coming to teach Zumba in Nashville or about the Baileys frosting. Hehe. I rarely drink, but oh how I love me some Baileys!

    I hope it works out that you get to come up here. I need to see your cute face soon!

  33. Danielle on November 10, 2009 at 9:50 am

    The cupcakes look great and it’s good to know that the dough boy is always there when you need ‘im ;). Oh fun fact: my best friend made a Guinness cake for her birthday, it was divine! Hope that your afternoon was wonderful!

  34. HealthySDLiving on November 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Car Bomb Cupcakes!?! SWEET! They look so delicious!

  35. Beth on November 10, 2009 at 10:47 am

    oh yay! I live in Nashville. I’m not coordinated enough for zumba but would definitely love to get together!

  36. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on November 10, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Yeah, you didn’t hear it from me, but boxed cake mix is pretty freaktastic. There’s a reason it exists! And if it made your life a little easier yesterday, well then mission accomplished. The car bombs look splendid!

  37. rhodeygirl on November 10, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful cupcakes Gina, and I am not even a cupcake lover!!!!!

    Are you going to the workshop to keep up your credits? I would love to go to a Zumba workshop, but maybe I should actually go to a gym and try to get a job teaching classes first hahaha!

  38. Gabriela on November 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Glad the cupcakes were such a success! No shame in the box mix ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day love!

  39. stephanie @ Foodie McFood on November 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I really have to try that recipe! That sounds like an awesome zumba playlist! I just started taking Zumba not to long ago and I am OBSESSED. It’s such a great workout and so much fun!

  40. Curt on November 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Love me some muffin tops!

  41. Nikka @ neekadeek on November 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    The Pilot is a lucky man…cupcakes and liquor all in one mouthful, birthdays are the best!

  42. Lori on November 10, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    The Pilot’s cupcakes are beautiful! You are talented missy!

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