Saturday, March 9, 2013

St Patrick's Day recipe: Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Yesterday I finished my latest essay for my part-time Uni course with mere moments to spare from the deadline and having pulled more than one all-nighter in order to get it done, so I thought a treat was in order!

I've made this recipe before in cake form, and whilst it remains the nicest, lightest chocolate cake I've ever found, it is very rich, so I decided to make it into cupcakes instead in the optimistic hope that I'd be more likely to portion control (yeah right!)

I also thought this was quite an appropriate recipe to share what with St Patrick's day coming up, so if you're looking for something a bit different to make for next Sunday's celebrations, look no further!

It may seem a bit odd using Guinness in the recipe- personally I don't like beer, ale stout or bitter as drinks but you can't taste it in the cake, it just sort of tastes a bit more malty than it usually would! (Didn't want anyone to be put off by it as you'd definitely be missing out!)

If you want to track down the original recipe, it's in Nigella Lawson's book Feast and online here.

I've adapted the recipe as cupcakes need much less baking time than one big cake!

For the cake

  • 250 ml guinness
  • 250 gram(s) unsalted butter
  • 75 gram(s) cocoa powder
  • 400 gram(s) caster sugar
  • 142 ml sour cream
  • 2 medium egg(s)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 275 gram(s) plain flour
  • 2.5 teaspoon(s) bicarbonate of soda

For the topping

  • 300 gram(s) cream cheese
  • 150 gram(s) icing sugar
  • 125 ml double cream (or whipping cream)

1 comment:

  1. You work as cabin crew and do a uni course? Are you superwoman?? :)

    My friend has made Guiness Cake before and said it was amazing, so I plan to give it a whirl soon.

    Might try cupcakes instead though!