Friday, 1 February 2008

guinness cupcakes - embrace 'the black stuff'!



so what is a girl to do when in a country where 'the black stuff' is almost considered to be part of the staple diet!?! embrace it, of course and get creative with it! so guinness cupcakes became the mood of the moment. the recipe started off with melting the butter in the guinness (hot guinness....yeuch!) and then the rest of the ingredients were added to it. by the time the batter was ready to scoop into the cupcake cases, i was ready to just sit down somewhere quietly and lick the bowl of batter up...no need to bake! it was that good and the smell....divine! but i figured there were a family of eager testers and tasters waiting to see what guinness cupcakes would taste like so who was i to disappoint! i topped with a mascarpone vanilla icing and OH MY GOSH! these little guys tasted FANTABULOUS (that's a mixture of fantastic and fabulous for those not in the know....cos one word is just not enough!) the guinness added this smoothness and richness to the chocolate and the cupcake just seemed to melt in your mouth. these are such wonderful adult cupcakes that it really puts to rest all those critics who say that cupcakes are just for kids....these certainly are for the adult population...proof....18 made yesterday....3 left today on last check....need i say more?


Guinness Cupcakes

Cupcake
1 cup Guinness
1 stick + 1 Tb unsalted butter
¾ cup cocoa
2 cups dark brown sugar
¾ cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 Tb vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 ½ tsp baking soda

Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
1 ¼ cups icing sugar
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tray.

Combine the Guinness and the butter (chopped into 1 inch chunks) in a double boiler and heat to melt the butter. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa and sugar.

In a bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla, then add to stout mixture.

Sift together flour and baking soda and fold into batter.

Pour into cupcake cases and bake for 25 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Let stand 10 mins and then remove from tray and cool on a wire rack.

In a mixer, whisk together ingredients for icing and spread over cooled cupcakes.

14 comments:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I NEED this recipe badly, Sinead!

airyfairy said...

hi jenn,
i emailed you the recipe through your blog! ENJOY! these are soooooooo good!

Fiona said...

well it didn't take you too long to acclimatise to the irish ways and to start putting their stample drink/diet into everything you make ... umm guinness ... ummmm cupcakes ..... ummmmmm GUINNESS CUPCAKES!!!!!

Rebecca said...

Wow, these are such a great idea. Any chance of the recipe? I want to make my boyfriend something really special for his birthday and I think these would be just the thing!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hey fiona - it NEVER takes me long to acclimatise!!! i was born acclimatised!!!

hi rebecca - thanks for dropping by, how do i contact you to give you the recipe for these yummy cupcakes?...definitely great for husbands, boyfriends and men in general!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi there. Could you send me the recipe. My husband loves Guinness so I thought I could make these for him for Father's Day. I know thinking way to ahead. Thank you.

Ani
foodiechickie.com
foodiechickie@yahoo.com

Rebecca said...

Could you email the recipe to me?

herbifiedATgooglemailDOTcom

thanks, that would be great, I can't wait to try it out.

Sandra said...

Please could I have the recipe? I'm planning a St. Patrick's Day tea party to raise money for charity.

sandramcg@westbourneave47.fsnet.co.uk

Lorraine E said...

I'm going to try and make some chocolate Guinness cupcakes this for St Patrick's day! Hopefully they turn out as good as yours look!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hi lorraine...i hope they turn out great for you. i've been trying to think about what to make for 'paddy's day' and am trying to think of something creative...apart from either guinness or bailey's. maybe something that will incorporate green...avocado or kiwi cupcakes???

Lorraine E said...

There's always chocolate and mint-do you have those peppermint crisp bars? The ones with the fabulously green crispy shards of peppermint toffee inside?

Rebecca said...

Okay, I couldn't wait any longer and rather than making these for my boyfriend's birthday, gave in and made them for St Patrick's Day instead. They were a total winner, thanks so much for the recipe. I was amazed at how well the Guinness flavour came through and matched perfectly with the chocolate. I iced them with white chocolate mascarpone icing and they even looked like mini-pints!

I'll definitely be making these again soon.

Thanks so much!

the AIRY FAIRY said...

hey rebecca, so glad they worked out so fabulously airy fairy for you! now ya gotta think of something else for your bf's b'day!!

Kimi said...

Okay, so I used a get together that I hosted on Friday night with the neighbors to make these. Needless to say, they will be coming to my house again. I can't believe how incredible they were. One thing. I added the amount of milk called for in the icing, and had to add loads of powdered sugar to thicken it. Should the amount be 3 tbsp?
Any ideas for a Cinco de Mayo cupcake?
Kim