Guinness cupcakes

From the Big City Little Kitchen blog, a timely Guinness cupcake recipe with "foam" made from cream-cheese glaze.
Despite the addition of Guinness, these cakes are not at all bitter; instead, the beer adds richness and moisture, and balances the sweetness of the sugar. Working from another Nigella recipe, this one the Guinness Cake from Feast, I substituted brown sugar for white to add depth of flavor, and made tiny cakes instead of a large one in a springform. Topped with a cream cheese glaze, these are a crowd-pleasing, not-too-sweet dessert (and, if you call them muffins instead of cupcakes, and play up the beer angle, you can easily pass them off to guys). They’re also super-easy.
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  1. Seriously, what kind of insecure a-hole doesn’t like cupcakes? Do these people really exist? If so, did you punch them in the face? I sure hope so. Now I want to change my name to cupcake.

  2. I’ve been making these for a while. They are better if you add Bailey’s instead of milk to the frosting.

  3. @Hofftv:
    Thus taking it one step closer to the Best Beverage in the World, The Carbomb. Oh god I had too many of those last night

  4. My girlfriend and I made these two weeks ago. Initially I was reticent to give up the requisite bottle of Guinness.

    Eating the first cupcake calmed all my fears. Not just my fears about the Guinness. All my fears. EAT THESE CUPCAKES.

  5. Just a comment to mark this page, since my Favorites page is broken. And I can’t think of anything witty to say.

  6. Have you ever tasted Guinness? It’s not a bitter beer by a long shot. What it has is malty, chocolatey goodness. It probably makes a better, richer cupcake than the $2.00 – $3.00 ones sold at the foo-foo cafes and bakeries. I’ve used it in my dark rye and pumpernickel recipes. They make Guinness glazed ribs in Malaysia and Singapore, BTW.

    Did I say foo-foo? Been hanging around my 7 yo niece too much!

  7. I made these last night, too, but with Nigella Lawson’s original recipe (superfine sugar instead of brown sugar in the cake and heavy cream instead of milk in the frosting). They were delicious and will definitely become part of my annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

    For a cool presentation, DLB used a special cupcake tin which made her cupcakes look like little pints. Neat.

  8. Allen’s, one of my favourite Toronto pubs, has Guinness cake on the menu. I’ve had it and had assumed it got its name due to its rich colour and cream cheese icing “head.” I’m not really a beer drinker (although I love it in various kinds of batter) so I assumed it would taste “beery.” Guess I was wrong.

    Damn good cake–some of the best. You know, maybe I should try Guinness. I’ve always loved the way it smells and pours.

  9. I had a liquor infused cupcake at a party, didn’t know until I took the first bite. I’m not much of a partygoer or drinker, and am only a few years over the legal age, so it still weirds me out when offered a drink at relatives’ houses, or when I discover my dessert has an extra kick to it. That said, it was tasty.

  10. Any one who refuses one of those cupcakes doesn’t deserve no Guinness no how. Not that I hang around any creatures who would refuse a food because it’s called a cupcake.


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