Recipe: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch table salt
- 6 ounces stout beer
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt until combined.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the stout, melted butter and vanilla together.
Beat the eggs into the stout mixture, one at a time. Then mix in the sour cream.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time until it’s all mixed together thouroughly.
Lightly grease 12 muffin tins (or use non-stick spray or cupcake liners). Pour the batter evenly into the tins.
Bake from 18-24 minutes, checking at 18 minutes and continuing to bake until they are set in the middle.
Allow to cool.
While cooling, make the icing.
Combine the softened cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer (hand or stand mixers will both work). Add the confectioners sugar and mix. Slowly add the Baileys and mix until icing is the desired consistency.
When the cupcakes are cool, frost with icing.
Regular white icing with Baileys instead of milk would also work on these cupcakes; you don’t have to make a cream cheese version.
If you have natural green food coloring, go ahead and use it in the frosting for St. Patrick’s Day. If you don’t have natural food coloring, skip it. They taste just as delicious either way.
The alcohol in the stout should cook away during the baking process, so the cupcake portion is fine for kids. (Although my 9-year-old said he could taste the beer and didn’t like it). Since the frosting doesn’t get cooked, the alcohol in the Baileys doesn’t evaporate. When frosted, these become adult-only cupcakes, but they look like regular cupcakes, so make sure they are clearly marked or kept away from children.
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