Day 229 – Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!!  I’m sure most of you celebrated this weekend, at any number of amazing parties and events that happened.  But today, March 17th, is the actual date.  Now, fun facts that you might not know: Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates the life (and death) of Saint Patrick as well as the arrival on Christianity in Ireland.  Fun fact that you probably do know: St. Patrick’s Day has been adopted as a day to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

So, no matter how you celebrate, make sure you try these Chocolate Stout Cupcakes (recipe below from Momtastic Food).  After the Musical Monday selection though.

Alright.  Enjoy!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes have the consistency and texture of a brownie. Dense, a little crumbly, with a slight crunch on top. They are chocolatey and dark, but not like dark chocolate. They have that dark, almost bitterness of Guinness, but without the bite.

Vanilla-Frosting

The frosting is very thick. Easy to pipe, but it takes a little muscle. It’s a typical buttercream. Sweet and sugary with a nice vanilla flavor.

Chocolate-Stout-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Stout

Together, the stout flavor almost disappears. It’s kinda like a frosted brownie. Well, a lot like a frosted brownie. The chocolate and vanilla flavors are the strongest. And with the little crunch from the cake, it’s very brownie-esque.

Notes: The original baker found these adorable 4-leaf clover sprinkles. I couldn’t find any, so I improvised with Lucky Charms.

Chocolate-Stout-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 18.5

RECIPE

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes (recipe from Momtastic Food)

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup dark beer or stout
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups dutch cocoa powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sour cream
Vanilla Frosting:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 – 8 cups confectioners sugar
  • ¼ – ½ milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For directions visit Momtastic Food.
*Tomorrow: Angel Food Cupcakes*

One Response to “Day 229 – Chocolate Stout Cupcakes”

  1. Charisma March 17, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    These look delicious, I love the frosting and those clovers on top!

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