My buddy Phil is a walking Irish history book (he’s Irish, obviously) and every time we get together, he educates me or tells me an interesting story that sparks my interest to learn more (via blockbuster movie of course!). I think he’s to blame for my recent obsession with all-things Irish considering the fact that in the last couple of months, I’ve watched Michel Collins, The Wind that Shakes the Barely, In the Name of the Father, Sunday Bloody Sunday and Five Minutes of Heaven - all of which I highly recommend. I’ve even re-read Angels Ashes, AND have been listening non-stop to The Frames.
This St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to make something in Phil’s honour, even though he won’t be able to eat it – as we live in different cities. So, I decided to make these magically delicious Guinness Cupcakes. What’s an Irish recipe without booze anyway?
Adapted from MNN.com
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules (optional)
- pinch table salt
- 3/4 cup Guinness beer – or any other stout
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons of soft butter
- 1/2 cup – or 4 ounces – of softened cream cheese
- 3.5 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 1.5 cups confectioners sugar
- 3 drops of green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin or use cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, combine cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt - mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix the stout, melted butter and vanilla. Then, beat the eggs into the stout mixture, one at a time. Then mix in the sour cream.
Combine the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients – a little at a time until mixed together thoroughly.
Pour the batter evenly into the tins and bake for 22 minutes.
Allow to cool on wire rack while icing is being prepared.
For the icing, combine the cream cheese and butter with a mixer and slowly add the confectioners sugar and mix well. Slowly add the Bailey’s and mix until icing is the desired consistency.
Frost cupcakes with icing (one cakes are cooled) and enjoy!