Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes


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Ingredients

For Cakes (makes 20 cupcakes, 24 fairy cakes or a 9″ round cake)

250ml Guinness
250g Unsalted Butter
75g Cocoa Powder
400g Caster Sugar
142ml Sour Cream
2 Large Eggs
1 tbspn Vanilla Extract (176882)
275g Plain Flour
2 ½ tspns Bicarbonate of Soda (140539)
Green Foil Baking Cases (2306)

For Topping

300g Cream Cheese
150g Icing Sugar
125ml Double or Whipping cream

For Decoration

Approx 100g Green Sugarpaste (02606)
Heart Cutter (10A00043)
Green Sugar-Free Sprinkles (201-376)

How to Decorate:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / 350 F / Gas 4. Place baking cases into a muffin tray, or stand on a baking sheet, ready for baking.

2. Place Guinness and butter into a large saucepan, and heat gently until the butter has melted. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar.

3. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla, and add this to the Guinness mixture, stirring well. Whisk in flour and bicarbonate of soda.

4. Pour the batter into each cupcake case up to ¾ full. Bake for approx 25 mins. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

5. To make icing – Lightly whip cream cheese until smooth, add sieved icing sugar and beat together. Add cream and beat again until a spreadable consistency is reached.

6. Spread or pipe onto the cupcakes and add decoration (Make a shamrock by simply using a small heart cutter x 3, plus a stem for each cupcake. Add sprinkles to finish.

 

Many thanks to the Craft Company for this recipe.

Shamrock Cutters from The Craft Company