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Baking with Beer: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Beer Cupcakes
Chocolate Stout Beer Cupcakes

I use to make cupcakes all the time back in my early 20’s (it saddens me that I can now say “back in my early 20’s). Cupcakes are the perfect snack, a few bites of cake to satisfy my sweet tooth, although I rarely am able to contain myself to just one cupcake!  And now that I have found this recipe for Chocolate Stout Cupcakes, combining two of my loves, cupcakes and beer, I know there will be more than just one cupcake being devoured by me!

This recipe was inspired by Marra Mamba

beer I used for baking with
the chocolate stout beer I used for my chocolate stout cupcakes

I switched the beer in the recipe to a chocolate stout from Bison Brewing called Organic Chocolate Stout (the original recipe called for Guinness). I thought I would kick up the chocolate flavors by using the chocolate stout.

For the cupcake I needed the following ingredients:
1 cup of beer
½ cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups dark brown sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda

For the glaze I used the following ingredients:
8 oz of cream cheese
1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
1/3 cup milk

I preheated the oven for 350F degrees and began getting the ingredients together.

chocolate beer cupcakes
melting the butter and mixing with the chocolate stout beer

In a pan I mixed the beer and butter. After the butter was melted I took it off the heat and whisked in the cocoa and brown sugar.

chocolate Stout Cupcakes
mixing in the cocoa powder to the beer/butter mixture

I left the mixture to rest while I mixed in another bowl the sour cream, eggs and vanilla. I then whisked this mixture into the beer/butter. Next I sifted the flour and baking soda into the wet batter and folded it until there were no lumps (sifting is important if you want light and fluffy cupcakes!).

I then poured the batter into a muffin tin and baked for 25 minutes.  I used cupcake paper cups but if you do not have any or do not want to use them be sure to spray the pan with some cooking spray before pouring in the batter.

For the glaze I took room temperature cream cheese and used a mixer to beat the cheese until it became smooth. I added in the powdered sugar and then added in the milk – mixing until smooth.

After the cupcakes had finished baking and cooled I frosted one of them… just one in hopes that I would only eat one!  The cake was soft, moist and full of flavor. The cream cheese frosting was a nice compliment to the chocolate stout flavor as well.  I have since added peanut butter to the cream cheese frosting because I love peanut butter and chocolate together and it was a hit.

I served these cupcakes at a beer tasting party of mine and everyone loved them. Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

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