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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

Cupcakes - Pretty, tasty, quick and easy.

There is just something about cupcakes that can make anyone grab a piece and shove it blissfully into the mouth. Is it the nice swirls of frosting? The cute garnish?

I think this one is mainly because its chocolate flavor - and with a little bit of booze too :)

This recipe is from the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, but i used whole milk instead of soy milk.

3/4 cup milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Guinness
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Frosting (i just really threw this one together)
200g butter, room temperature
4 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream
3 cups icing sugar
2 tbsps whiskey

To make the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Whisk together the milk, vinegar, Guinness, sugar, oil, and vanilla and beat until foamy. Add the dry ingredients in two batches and beat until well incorporated.

Fill your cupcake containers til 3/4 full.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean Let cool completely before frosting.

Beat the butter using an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Add the Bailey's and half of the sugar. Beat until smooth. Add the second half of the sugar and beat until smooth.

Garnish as you wish. I used cachous and colored sugar crystals.

Never mind that the frosting was haphazardly spread on top. It was yummy.


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