Well, I love chocolate and I love beer. I was searching for something fun to bake and I was having bakers block if you will. Then I came across yet another Guinness recipe and I was a little tired of it. Everyone uses Guinness, and I wanted a different edge for my culinary lab. I wanted more chocolate with my beer. Love Guinness, but it just wasn’t going to satisfy my need for chocolate.
So, I found an amazing beer to work with. Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. It is so damn good, I wanted to toss a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it and call it a day. So, I thought this would make a great ingredient for the world’s most amazing cupcake. They turned out moist and rich. The beer flavor carried its way through all the complex flavors for a smooth aftertaste. Yes world, you are welcome!
This is a great recipe. It was a fun experiment, and I tried a few different ones before I created my own. It is a lot of fun too! There is just something about beer and chocolate combined. It is what I imagine bakers heaven is like… yes, it must be! The Frosting is amazingly light and airy for a cream cheese frosting. Cream does wonders for this recipe!
So, you will need…
- 1 C. Chocolate Stout (beer)
- 1 C. Unsalted Butter
- 3/4 C. Unsweetened Cocoa
- 2 C. All-Purpose Flour
- 1 3/4 C. Granulated Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 3/8 C. Sour Cream
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
- 1 1/4 C. Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 C. Cream
Here was my process…
First preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line cupcake pans with Parchment liners.
Next place stout and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until the butter is completely melted. Once butter is melted, remove from heat and whisk in cocoa until smooth. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl beat together the eggs and sour cream. Then Add the stout mixture to the egg mixture and beat until everything is well incorporated.
Then Pour the wet mixture over the flour mixture int the large bowl. (It helps prevent the flour flying everywhere if the wet mixture is on top of te flour mixture.) Beat or stir by hand until the mixture is smooth. This makes a very heavy and beer fragrant batter.
Spoon the batter into prepared cupcake pans, should make about 2 dozen regular sized cupcakes, and 12 jumbo cupcakes.
For regular cupcakes bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 minutes, and for Jumbo 20-22 minutes.
While baking you can whip up your frosting. It is super easy! Just take your 8 oz. of cream cheese, softened, and beat it until it is smooth. Then gradually add 1 1/4 C. powdered sugar. and beat until blended. Gradually add 1/2 C. of cream, and beat until it is a fluffy delightful frosting!
Wait until cooled then frost them with this fluffy delicious cream cheese frosting!
Serve and enjoy! They are so good!!!! If you love beer, love chocolate and love awesome treats…. you will love this!