Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes


I'm exhausted.   Exhausted and a total emotional hot mess.  Caring for an angry, cray-cray, aging parent just sucks every ounce of energy right out of you.  Sometimes I wish that this would all end....but then realize what I am wishing for and well, that just isn't right either.  Is it?

With so much going on at home I really have no idea how I am functioning at work these days.   I've been coasting and somehow I have thus far escaped the intense scrutiny of my boss man.  That will no doubt change soon.  I can feel change is in the wind.  ugh.

The Bellman, who is always supportive in every way, really deserves a treat.  I haven't baked or blogged anything at all since this parental craziness all went down.  It's been too long.  Seeing that we have a couple of Guinness rolling around in the fridge I thought I'd whip up something involving beer and chocolate (a Bellman fav). Nuthin' says love like chocolate stout cupcakes, ha!

I made these cupcakes a couple of years ago and surprisingly loved them.  The cupcakes don't really taste like beer, they just taste dense, moist and earthy.  You have to try them!  I added the caramel flavored Bailey's to my buttercream on a whim.  It works!!  No tasting and driving though :)

Yield = 24 cupcakes

1C Guinness
1 stick plus 2 TBL butter
3/4C unsweetened cocoa
2C sugar
3/4C sour cream
3 eggs
1 TBL vanilla
2C flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda

1.  Preheat the over to 350.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

2.  Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter is melted.

3.  Whisk in the cocoa and sugar.

3.  In another bowl beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into buttery, beery pan.

4.  Finally, whisk in the flour and baking soda.

5.  Pour the cake batter into the prepared cupcake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes.

6.  Leave to cool completely in the pans on a cooling rack.

**adapted from Nigella

Yield = 4 cups

3 egg whites
1C sugar
1 1/4C butter
1/4C caramel flavored Bailey's liquor

1. Find a pan where a bowl will sit on it comfortably without the bowl touching the water in the pan.  Add an inch or so of water to the pan and bring to a simmer. Add your egg whites and sugar to the bowl and whisk until all the sugar has dissolved.  I usually run my finger through it and if there is any grit---keep whisking as it isn't ready yet.  It should feel creamy and smooth. 

2.  When all the sugar has dissolved move the mixture to the mixing bowl.  Using the whisk attachment, whisk until the bowl is cool to the touch.  About 5 minutes.

3.  Add the butter, small chunks at a time and whisk until smooth.  Add the Bailey's.  It's okay to taste test along the way :)

4.  Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

SlĂ inte and Enjoy!