Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Guinness Cupcakes & A Radio Show!

I have been looking for an opportunity to make Guinness cake, or cupcakes, or brownies for quite awhile, and I finally found it. On Thursday, March 1 at 1:30 eastern time, I am going to be talking about food blogs with Linda Gassenheimer and Joseph Cooper on WLRN, the NPR affiliate in South Florida. I wanted to come up with an easy recipe to share, and this is it!

You can listen in (and find out if they like the cupcakes) by going to and clicking on the live audio feed.

Now, back to the cupcakes. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and this is the perfect dessert to follow up corned beef and cabbage or any Irish feast you plan to serve. The cake is very light and moist, with a mellow stout flavor that is the perfect complement to the cocoa. They are not overly sweet, so the espresso buttercream is a perfect topper. This frosting has a light coffee scent, but is mild enough for anyone who is not a coffee lover. It is absolutely irresistible on the cupcakes and helps bring out the Guinness flavor.

I just got the name, “O’Hara,” by marriage, so if you don’t want to take my word for it, my Irish husband cannot stop eating these cupcakes.

Guinness Cupcakes with Espresso Cream Frosting
Cakes adapted from a recipe from The Detroit Free Press via Cupcakes Take the Cake and from a recipe by Dave Lieberman from Dave’s Dinners. Frosting adapted from The Betty Crocker Cookbook.
You can find the instant espresso powder for the frosting at specialty stores and many supermarkets. I ordered mine from the King Arthur Flour Baker's Catalogue.

Makes 24 cupcakes

For cupcakes:
1 stick unsalted butter
12 oz. Guinness
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. granulated sugar
¾ c. natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 ¼ tsp. baking soda
¾ c. sour cream
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fill two 12-count muffin pans with paper baking cups.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, Guinness and vanilla. Stir occasionally until butter is melted. Pour into a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes.

In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, gradually combine with the Guinness mixture in three additions. Beat in the sour cream, then beat in the eggs one by one.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup about three-quarters full. Bake for 22 to 28 minutes (mine took 25) or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Leave in the pan to cool for 5 minutes, then finish cooling on a wire rack. Frost when cooled completely.

For frosting:
3 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. butter (5 1/3 tbs.), cut into cubes and softened
1 ½ tsp. instant espresso powder dissolved in 3 tbs. water

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on low speed to combine. Pour in the espresso mixture and continue beating on medium-high until frosting is smooth and creamy. If frosting is too thick, add water a couple drops at a time to reach desired consistency. Makes enough for 24 cupcakes or an 8-9 inch two-layer cake.

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Rachel said...

So cool! I love NPR!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

The cupcakes look and sound divine. I really would love to try the icing.
Congratulations on the radio spot!!! Hooray.

Lis said...

Ohhh they look yummy! I've had Guinness brownies before, but never cake or cupcakes - yet!

I will so be tuning into the show - can't wait! :D

Lis said...

You sound so cute! And they called you an expert! Party on!

How was the chicken? hehe

Anna said...

Wow! I met her briefly at the Bake-off and she is a neat lady. I wish I'd been able to hear your interview. The cupcakes sound great.

rachel said...

Those sound great! I just bought the The Irish Spirit: Recipes Inspired by the Legendary Drinks of Ireland which looks like it is full of recipe made with Irish alcohol.

I'm going to have to check out that NPR show. I'm in Tampa - I wonder if it's broadcast here. I listen to NPR to and from work but often miss alot of the good shows.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Julie, I think the "O'Hara" really stood out. ;)

The cupcakes look lovely!

My husband doesn't like sweets much and he never tries the cakes I make - I think that I found the solution to the problem! Once he knows they're made with beer he'll change his mind! lol

Julie said...

Thanks for the votes of confidence everyone! And thanks for listening, Lis! It was a really fun experience, and I loved talking about food blogs. Everyone said it went really well.

Rachel: you have to make a bunch of recipes from that book before St. Patty's Day!

Peabody said...

Oh Guinness...more than a drink it's a meal and in this case it's a dessert.

Anonymous said...

I was skeptical about the whole Guinness thing, but I made these cupcakes and they were great! I added a small amount of Sheridan's to the frosting which is a coffee liqueur from Dublin. Very tasty. They cupcakes came out moist and the frosting complimented them really well. Thanks !

Julie said...

Hey Ms. or Mr. anonymous! Thanks for letting me know how the recipe turned out. I really appreciate feedback otherwise I fear that my recipes will fail and readers are out there harboring secret grudges:) The liqueur in the frosting is a great idea!

Tracy said...

Hi Julie,
I know this is an old post, but I just came across it while searching for a St Pat's recipe to make for work. This one sounds perfect, but I am wondering if you could tell me how much a 'stick of butter' is in grams...I'm in Australia and we don't use 'sticks'. I have looked up conversions online and found it to be about 115g, but also found that some 'sticks' refer to 'double sticks'.... I'm confused!!! and I really want to make these cakes. Thanks :-)

Tracy said...

Thankyou so much for this recipe !
Delicious. I made a batch and took them to work...they went down a treat! Everybody loved them :-)

Anonymous said...

Much better are Guiness cupcakes with whiskey frosting... And of course for the holiday use a good irish whiskey! =)

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