Wondering what to have for dessert on St. Patrick's Day? How about some nice Guinness stout cupcakes? Guiness has been around since Arthur Guinness began brewing ales in 1759 at the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. (Interesting trivia: Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease in 1759 for £45 a year for the unused brewery).
Guinness stout is made from water, roasted barley, roast malt extract, hops and brewer's yeast. The roasting of the barley gives Guinness it's distinctive dark color and rich flavor. In the UK, Guinness is known as a 'meal in a glass' but it contains less calories than skimmed milk or orange juice, and is rich in iron and antioxidants!
Regardless, these cupcakes are quite tasty, and can be sifted with confectioner's sugar after baking, or frosted with your favorite vanilla frosting.
- 1 cup Guinness Stout
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1/2 cup plus 2 T butter
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Frosting of your choice or confectioner's sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk sour cream, eggs and vanilla together in a bowl. Gently heat the Guinness with the butter until the butter melts. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa and the sugar. Add the sour cream and stir to blend. Sift flour and baking soda and stir until just blended.
Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners and divide the batter among the muffin tins.
Bake 25 - 30 minutes until the cupcakes have risen and set in the middle, but are still soft and tender. Cool before turning out of the tins.
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