Although I’m not Irish (I’m Scottish), Dylan is quite the Irishman and I really wanted to create something special for St. Patrick’s day. We both share an undying love for Guinness, so when I came across a recipe for Chocolate Irish Stout cupcakes with Irish Cream frosting, I had to try them.
Let me tell you, baking with beer is twice as fun as baking without, whether it goes in the recipe or not.
This recipe called 1 cup of beer so I went with the 24 ounce bottle of Guinness Extra Stout we had in the fridge, poured out 1 cup for my recipe and we shared the rest. The batter was very dense, like scooping fudge into the cupcake trays. They smelled amazing while they were baking and 21 minutes later they were done. I went with the extra stout because I wanted the flavor of the beer to be noticeable in the finished cupcake. Although I haven’t gone back and made this recipe with Guinness Draught, I think this was a good choice. The final cupcakes had a distinct stout flavor which tied in well with the chocolate and Irish Cream flavors.
I had a recipe for the frosting, but it wasn’t getting the consistency that I wanted so I improvised on it a little bit. Instead of a fluffy frosting, it turned into more of an Irish Creme icing, which was fine by me. It was made with powdered sugar, Bailey’s Irish Creme and I threw in a little Kahlua just for fun. In the end it was somewhere between frosting and icing, but it didn’t really matter what you called it, it was delicious.
These cupcakes turned into an alcoholic’s dream. The dark chocolate and the Guinness blended perfectly together and the Bailey’s frosting was a great compliment. You could taste the alcohol, but it wasn’t overpowering. I brought in 85% of these cupcakes to work (so I wouldn’t keep all those calories to myself) and they were well received. They also went REALLY fast. Imagine that!
I would make these cupcakes again, so far these are my favorite.