Saint Patrick's Day was always one of my favourite holidays in university. Though the days of green beer are long gone now, I'm still looking forward to embracing my Irish-ness for the day*. These Guinness Cupcakes from Nigella Lawson are a more sophisticated and a little bit less "boozy" way to celebrate.
From Nigella Lawson, via Patent & the Pantry
1 cup Guinness
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2½ tsp baking soda
Cream Cheese Icing
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp. whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.
Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan, add butter and heat at medium-low until melted. Whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar, then remove from heat. In a small bowl, beat together the sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Pour into the slightly cooled Guinness-butter mixture. Whisk in the flour and baking soda.
Spoon batter into cupcake pan, so each liner is about three-quarters full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Let cool in the pan, then remove to a rack to cool completely.
Once completely cooled, make the icing.
Beat cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth. Add the whipping cream and beat again until it is thoroughly mixed and spreadable. Add more cream if you want a thinner icing. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.
*My great-great grandmother Phoebe was Irish. She used to dress like a man and hang out at the pubs...Here's to Phoebe!