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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Mar 16, 2011

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes

Libations used - 1 bottle Guinness
Libations left over - None, but if you have to, crack open a bottle
Here's the second Lush Chef cupcake recipe that I promised, and just in time for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.  I stumbled upon this cake recipe from Nigella Lawson - I'll have to make this again as just a regular cake and use the cream cheese frosting she recommended.  I was craving something more chocolatey though and opted for a Guinness chocolate buttercream frosting.  To add a bit of whimsy, I also filled the middle with a vanilla bean & cinnamon whipped cream.  It's like an adult Hostess Cupcake!

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes - serves 24

Chocolate Cake -
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 10 Tbs (1 stick + 2 Tbs) unsalted butter
  • 3/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/8 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon Whipped Cream - 
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or the Lush Chef way - I did a few shakes to taste)
Frosting - 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened (do not melt)
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3-4 Tbs Guinness

To make the cake:
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a large saucepan, combine Guinness and butter.  Place over med-low heat until butter melts, them remove from heat.
- Add cocoa and sugar, and whisk to blend
- In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Add to Guinness mixture and whisk.
- Add flour and baking soda and whisk until smooth.  
- Fill muffin cups a little more than halfway with batter, and bake for 25+ minutes.  Cool completely.

To make the whip cream:
- Beat all ingredients together with mixer until stiff peaks form.

To make the frosting:

- Beat butter for a few minutes with mixer on medium speed.
- Add the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder, and turn mixer on lowest speed until sugar has been incorporated with the butter.
- Increase mixing speed and add 3-4 Tbs Guinness.
- You can add more sugar to thicken the consistency or more Guinness to thin it.


Jen H said...

yum! I made guinness chocolate cupcakes a few years ago and topped them with baileys cream cheese icing. The chocolate icing and whipped cream filling on these sounds insane!