I am feeling very Christmassy today, I went out for turkey carvery yesterday with some lovely friend and today I have decorated my house, put my tree up and when I finish writing this I'm going to wrap a few presents. I'm definitely getting in the Christmas mood. I've already made 2 batches of mince pies (All of which have already been eaten).
So last week I was asked to make 36 cupcakes for an Irish themed night at my friends work and it was a perfect opportunity to make a cake flavour I've been wanting to try for ages. So I made 18 Vanilla cupcakes with Green Vanilla frosting and 18 Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with cream cheese icing.
As I'd said I wanted to make chocolate Guinness cake for a long time now and they didn't disappoint They were really rich with a dense chocolaty taste and just the perfect hint of Guinness, and the frosting perfectly compliments them. Now I don't like Guinness so if that's what you thinking don't let that put you off this recipe as this has fast become my new favourite chocolate cake recipe, because of the rich indulgent flavours.
any way here they are:
I apologise for the terrible photographs, I was in a rush.
Or just spread the icing on top like the top of a pint of Guinness.
Just look at the dark, dense colour of the cakes (I had to cut this in half, and subsequently eat for photo purposes, oh well haha)
Any way here's how they're made
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes:
Makes about 24 (can be easily halved)
250g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
400g caster sugar
142ml sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
275g plain flour
2 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan and add the butter; heat until the butter's melted, then whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with eggs and vanilla and then pour into the pan of buttery beer and finally whisk in the flour and bicarbonate of soda.
Pour the batter into a tin lined with cake cases ¾ of the way up and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until risen and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for 20 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.
Once the cakes are completely cool ice with the cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting: enough for 12 cakes
300g Icing Sugar
50g Unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g Cream cheese.
Beat together the icing sugar and butter with an electric whisk and then beat in the cream cheese until smooth.
Ice the cakes as desired. I wanted to then top mine with a little green shamrock however I couldn't get hold of a decent cutter in time.
And that's it! This week I am going to ice my Christmas cake and start on my list of other treat I plan to make for Christmas as well as fill a few cupcake orders I have.
Until next time
Cupcake Kris xxx
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