I know it’s the end of May and St. Patrick’s day was a couple of months ago. I have all these leftover Guinness beer from my St. Patrick’s blog and didn’t know what to do with them. I normally don’t drink beer so it’s been sitting around in my refrigerator. I wondered what else can I do with it. I also have spirits and liquor, but I don’t drink those either. I normally use the flavors for dessert (think Kahlua cheesecake). My thought was, can Guinness be used in a dessert? Of course it can! Google, once again, answered all my questions.
I came across a food blog at Tasty Pursuits. It is maintained by Hazel Sy and she has many a great recipes on there, including this Guinness Cupcake recipe with a caramel buttercream frosting.
I gathered my ingredients and I couldn’t wait to get started. It’s been a while since I baked anything so I may be a bit rusty on my techniques.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup canola oil (I used vegetable oil, but you can substitute applesauce for a healthier recipe)
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) Guinness beer
Buttercream frosting (recipe tomorrow)
As with most baking recipes we prepare the wet and dry ingredients separately before we combine.
So I use these baking cups to avoid using a muffin tin. They work well and holds its shape against the heavy batter. Fill each of these about ½ to 2/3 full. Because of the baking powder and baking soda, this will allow the cupcake to expand and rise. If you fill the batter to the top of the cups, then it’ll overflow and you’ll not get nice looking cupcakes.
Stick this in a preheated 350 degree oven for 13-16 minutes.
And that’s it! Refrigerate the cupcakes if they are not going to be consumed right away otherwise the butter cream will melt away.
Verdict: so this was my first time making the recipe and here are my thoughts.
- I did not taste the Guinness at all. What overpowered the beer taste was the chocolate. However, I am thinking if it’s due to the beer being a couple of months old.
- Cupcake turned out very light and fluffy. It didn’t taste very sweet to me, which is a good thing.
- My piping skills need a LOT of work, you see how ugly it is? It also maybe because of the next point
- I need to invest on real piping bags and maybe metal tips. Ziploc makeshift bags are really not cutting it for me. I’m want to work on presentation and I think have those will make whatever I’m decorating prettier.
- Invest in a real Kitchenaid Professional Mixer. I really like food photography and I think by not having one hand always holding a mixer, I can get better shots of what I am doing while something is being mixed. This can also speed up the process when taking pictures in middle of steps.