Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes (Treats For Co Irkers)

Don't let the stout scare you off. And I'm saying that because it did scare me and I had to hold my nose while I dumped it into the batter. As it turns out, there's no reason to fear the stout. Embrace the stout, in fact. It will add an enjoyable depth of flavor to your cupcake experience. (Now if I could just get Guinness to write me some sort of endorsement deal, life would be good!)
This week's Treats For Co-Irkers is from a delightful Dave Lieberman recipe. Don't you just love him? And doesn't he remind you of Woody Harrelson from Cheers? Maybe just a little bit? OK, so maybe it's just me.

Since we're close to the Fourth of July I went with the red, white and blue theme here because I wanted to make you salivate patriotically. Remember, you eat first with your eyes.**

**disclaimer: I can not be held responsible for those who might take this literally. Please take the fork out of your eye....now**

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes (with my adaptations)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
12 oz. stout beer (I used Guinness Extra Stout) room temperature
1 stick butter, melted, cooled slightly
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup sour cream (I used reduced-fat) room temperature

Icing:
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature (I used reduced-fat Neufchatel)
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 pound powdered sugar (I ended up using close to two pounds because I wanted a stiffer icing to pipe)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.

In another medium mixing bowl, combine the stout, melted butter, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at time. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

Lightly grease 24 muffin tins. Divide the batter equally between muffin tins, filling each 3/4 full. Bake for about 12 minutes and then rotate the pans. Bake another 12 to 13 minutes until risen, nicely domed, and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool before turning out.

Icing:

In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the heavy cream. On low speed, slowly mix in the confectioners' sugar until incorporated and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Icing can be made several hours ahead and kept covered and chilled.

13 comments:

Co Irker said...

When the hubs said you made beer cupcakes I tried to abscond with the whole tray. Chocolate and beer?! - It was like my own personal Nirvana. These were sooo moist and chocolately and cream cheesey and ...well let me just say they were excellent. And the best part of this recipe to me would be the leftover beer. Mmmmm...Guinness

And thank you for making them early - you are such a sweetheart, our little cupcake cutie!

Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com said...

Is your hubby hiring? I'm thinking maybe I should apply just to try some of your goodies. These look delicious. I have seen quite a few recipes for Guinness cupcakes, but don't usually have Guinness in the house. Pretty soon I need to suck it up and buy some to give this a try.

Mags said...

Co Irker: So glad you enjoyed them! I should send in the other five Guinnesses(?) with hubby. I can't stand the stuff...lol

Jen: It went against my instinct to add the Guinness but I must say that it really did add something to this cupcake.

stephchows said...

reminds me of a beer bread I made... totally scared at first but oh so good!

Mags said...

Steph: They were yum!

Mustang Terri said...

Those look good. I may have to try them. I have an Irish Stew recipe that calls for Guinness. I told my hubby that I had 5 left over beers. He smiled and told me that he'd help me out with that.

Jennifer said...

Those look great!!! Lucky co-workers!

Linda said...

Your posts make me laugh out loud. And I've seen it several times, but I still BWAHAHAH at Co Irkers.

I have such ill luck with chocolate cupcakes--perhaps beer is my key to success. I have to give these a try.

Mags said...

Mustang Terri: My hubby loves his beer but Guinness is one he won't touch. I think I'm going to have to make five more batches of cupcakes..lol

Jennifer: thanks!

Linda: (Hee!) I love that name too!

HoneyB said...

if my co-irker's ever see YOUR blog they will get after me even worse than they already do. lol. You treat them way too well. ;-)

John said...

I've been on your page for two hours looking for a way to download the cupcakes onto my plate : ) Nicely done, Mags : )

Moogie said...

Mags, When are you going to move to Atlanta? We could do great things together. Okay, maybe not great. But certainly have a kick-ass good time. And by the way, bring the cupcakes with you.

Mags said...

HoneyB: It is your duty to drape yourself over your computer screen when viewing my blog at work...lol

John: Thank you. See? Food blogs can be fun and saliva producing!

Moogie: Atlanta is on my list of places to visit. (once the weather cools down) And I'll bring the cupcakes if you promise to include me in your novel in some way.