Thursday, October 21, 2010

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Vacation Posts for ... CUPCAKES!

A King CupcakeI don't know why but I've been on a cupcake-making kick lately and not just regular size cupcakes but the jumbo ones - sometimes with filling to boot!  I even bought a king-size cupcake pan the other day when I saw it at A.C. Moore because it turns out ginormous cupcakes and I just couldn't resist.  I am so, so, so weak sometimes!

The other day I was perusing some recipes on-line and came across one for Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey Irish Cream frosting and promptly decided that I just had to try it.  Not that I'm a major beer fan or anything but the recipe just sounded really good and I figured that if tomato soup cake doesn't taste anything like tomato soup then chances are good that Guinness cupcakes wouldn't really taste all that much like Guinness - though the touch of Bailey's in the frosting is most definitely right up my alley!

I asked my boss if he could spare some Guinness (he is a major beer fan and I knew he'd have a bottle or two around) so he brought me in two the other day and then I went to the store and got the rest of the ingredients I was going to need to make the house smell really, really good while these cupcakes are baking!

A Jumbo Cupcake

Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1 stick + 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
To make the cupcakes:
  • Combine the Guinness and the butter, chopped into 1-inch chunks, in a large sauce pan and heat to melt the butter.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa and sugar.
  • In a bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla then add to the beer mixture.
  • Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the batter.
  • Pour into cupcake tins and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until inserted cake tester comes out clean.
  • Let stand 10 minutes, remove from tins, and cool completely on a rack.
Frosting ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
To make the frosting:
  • Beat the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
  • Add the Bailey's and half of the confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add the second half of the sugar and beat until smooth.
I used my jumbo cupcake pans and ended up baking the cupcakes for 30-35 minutes roughly thereabouts - or whenever it was that the toothpick came out clean; because I doubled the recipe, in addition the dozen jumbo cupcakes I had enough batter to make six of the king-size cupcakes, too.  Those cooked a little bit longer but I can't really give you an accurate time as I basically just kept on eye on them and took them out of the oven after they passed the clean toothpick test.

The King Cupcake vs The Jumbo Cupcake

I had Jamie hold one of each size so that you could see the difference and as you can see, that cupcake there on the left is most definitely man-size!  Just think how big it would be if I were to have filled it with even more batter  - cupcake heaven!!

As for the cupcakes themselves, they were absolutely yummy with a small taste of the Bailey's kicking in shortly after the first bite.  Jamie declared them to be delicious though I will give two words of warning:
  1. Use caution should you decide to lick the beaters and the bowl! 
  2. These are best eaten accompanied by a nice glass of cold milk! 
For my next cupcakes, I'm working on a zombiesque version that should be perfect for the Halloween season - muuaaahhaahhaahaa!

15 comments:

  1. I used to make Nigella Lawson's Guinness cake recipe and LOVE it! Not too sweet, moist and yummy. She uses a cream cheese frosting with that cake. And it is delish. So I know how yummy your cupcakes are...

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

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  2. Oh dear Lord! Those look ridiculously yummy! I think I just gained 3 pounds looking at them!

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  3. oh.my.goodness. You have just made my day with this post. And Bailey's to boot? I'm in heaven.

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  4. Cupcakes I can leave alone, but you had be at the Bailey's! ::thud::

    Big hugs, honey...

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  5. Looking good and there is nothing wrong with baking too many cupcakes. Consider it a hobby that must be practiced often.

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  6. i will have coffee with mine

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  7. I'm with Sarge - coffee and cupcakes - the coffee would neutralise the Guinness yeah? ;)

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  8. I'll be right over. I'll bring the milk.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

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  9. that is one big cupcake you got there

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  10. A zombie version? Yoiu need a lot of brains for that!

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  11. hmmm, wherefor do you get the liners for that big cupcake pan??

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  12. Those cupcakes look soooo delicious and I thank you for sharing the recipe with us:-) I love baking cupcakes and this is a new recipe I will definitely have to try, maybe the next time Corey comes home. Shawn hasn't been home in 2 years so I won't wait until he does to bake these! lol xoxo

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