Feb 15, 2010

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

I used to be a one-trick pony. If you came to my house, I made Apple Cake. If I went to your house, I brought Apple Cake. Nothing for dinner? I'll throw together an Apple Cake! It's as appealing as Apple Pie (and appealing to a lazy cook because you don't have to pray to pastry Gods). I made it so many times last year that I developed welts on my fingers from peeling apples. I decided I needed a new easy-but-different dessert; I found it in Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Guinness Cake (from her 2004 cookbook, Feast: Food to Celebrate Life).

Chocolate. Guinness. Cake.

I've made it twice already this year, and today, I decided to make Chocolate Guinness cupcakes to deliver to friends. I'm officially a two-trick pony.

For the cake/cupcakes
1 cup of Guinness
10 tablespoons of unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups of superfine sugar (regular sugar's fine, too)
3/4 cup of sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drink 4oz of Guinness and then combine the remaining 8oz with butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until butter melts.
Remove from heat, add cocoa and sugar, and whisk to blend. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, eggs, and vanilla; add to Guinness cocoa mix. Toss in your flour and baking soda and whisk together.
Pour into cupcake tin.
Lick pan.
Bake for 50 mins. Remove from oven and leave to cool for a bit while you combine topping ingredients in a blender until smooth.
When you add the topping, your cupcakes look like mini pints of chocolatey-Guinness goodness.


Jenji said...

Love this -- thank you for posting it! I once upon a time tried to make a ginger/Guinness cake for your work farewell party and it didn't work out, so clearly chocolate/Guinness is the way to go! And the pint resemblance is perfect... and three cheers for including "lick pan" as a step. That's crucial!

Kate said...

Heavenly!!! And your photos are making me drool.

Moni said...

Jac! These look so amazingly good it pains me to look at them without being able to taste them. Can I come over next time you bake? Please?

shavono said...

These are going to be my St. Patrick's Day go-to.

Christina said...

Sadly, I can't cook to save my soul, but I desperately wanted to make these for my beloved's birthday so I decided to give it a go. And...they turned out fantastically! Thank you so, so much for the recipe! I'm trying to avoid the cliched St. Paddy's Day fare, as well, so these will fit the bill nicely. LOVE your blog, as well. Thanks again!

Jacinta said...

Christina, thanks for reading and I'm thrilled they worked out for you! And on not being able to cook--hey, what else could you possibly need to cook?! (That said, I urge you to try the Kerry Apple Cake, too; trust me the hardest part of it is the peeling of the apples, and it's another handy non-cliche recipe to be able to throw together. You can find it here: http://www.thelookotheirish.com/2009/07/irish-apple-cake.html) xojac

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