February 29, 2012

Guiness Black Bottom Cupcakes

A friend of mine from high school recently posted an article about a local bake shop that makes awesome cupcakes, often using some sort of ale as the base.  I was intrigued to say the least.  When, on their blog, they posted an actual *gasp* top secret recipe, Amanda let me know and I jumped at the chance.  So here, my friends,  from one friend to another, are the crazy cupcakes.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  
Start with top ingredients: In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, egg, sugar, and salt using an electric mixer until creamy. Set aside.  But only if you want to.
For the bottom ingredients:  In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to mix it all together. Place beer, melted butter, vanilla, and vinegar together in a separate bowl and whisk together. Then take the liquid and mix it into your dry ingredients. Use mixer until combined. 
Looks so appetizing, right?
Requirement: Cute Cupcake Papers.
Fill half the paper with bottom mixture (chocolate), and spoon 1 tablespoon of the top mixture (cream cheese stuff).  You can swirl them together if you'd like, or just do half and half.
Bake in preheated oven, 18-20minutes.
Top with Irish Cream Frosting, because - apparently - this recipe needs a little more alcohol.

Guinness Black Bottom Cupcakes (from Sweet and Stout)
Bottom Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, melted (1/2 cup)
1 cup stout beer
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tsp white vinegar
Top Ingredients:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put cupcake papers in muffin pan. I believe this made a dozen full size cupcakes, but it’s been a while.
2. Start with the top ingredients. In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, egg, sugar, and salt using an electric mixer until creamy. Set aside.
3. Now for the bottom ingredients: In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to mix it all together. Place beer, melted butter, vanilla, and vinegar together in a separate bowl and whisk together. Then take the liquid and mix it into your dry ingredients. Use mixer until combined.
4. Drop 2 tablespoons of bottom mixture (chocolate) into prepared cupcake liners. Top with 2 tablespoons of top mixture (white cream cheese). You could swirl them together if you like, or just do half and half. (Either way, they taste delicious!)
5. Bake in preheated oven, 18 – 20 minutes.

Irish Cream Frosting
  • ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 3 -4 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream (Note: the mini bottles that are sold at the liquor store contain the perfect amount.)

Directions:


  1. In a medium bowl, blend together cream cheese, butter, and Bailey's. Gradually add powdered sugar, mixing well until it’s all incorporated. Use immediately. The frosting will harden in the fridge, so plan on bring it back to room temperature if you must refrigerate it before frosting the cupcakes.

Enjoy with love.



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