Everyone seems to love chocolate Guinness cake, so I made a cupcake version. As someone who is not a fan of beer, I can say without bias (or… regardless of my bias?) that these are divine.
The cakes themselves are made with dark stout or porter (Guinness is commonly used in cake, but a local stout-or even a black lager-would be just fab) and the lower ratio of beer:butter:icing sugar on top makes them resemble a foamy pint. The little cakes are are dense and moist, and the frosting, also spiked with stout, doesn’t taste of beer but has a buttery, caramelly flavor that I found completely addictive – I’m sure the use of butter and sugar helps in this regard.
To get swirly-topped cupcakes like these, spoon the frosting into a zip-lock bag, seal, snip off a corner and pipe it out. Easy – and no clean up!