Guinness Black Bottom Mint Cupcakes
I have been waiting for the opportunity to make Guinness cupcakes! I absolutely love Guinness beer. Back in our single days, my sister and I would spend our weekends hanging out at the local Irish pub, kicking back our share of Black and Tan’s. There something so comforting about the smooth, deep, earthy flavor of Guinness beer.
Since having kids, I cut way back on my Guinness consumption. I am just not able to sit and truly enjoy a beer such as Guinness. This regal stout requires your time and attention. You have to sit and appreciate the foamy head atop the dark chocolate-colored stout. The flavor is more pronounced when it’s not quite room temperature-which goes against what us Americans are used to when it comes to beer. And don’t you dare gulp down your Guinness. Savor it, like a good cup of coffee! Man, I love Guinness!
We have a book about the Guinness family and the history of this iconic stout. On the cover is a glorious picture of Guinness resting in a glass like the one in these pictures. I found myself craving a black and tan. I couldn’t imagine why. It finally occurred to me that the picture from the book has been imbedded in my subconscious! I needed a Guinness and I needed it now. I did what I usually do with alcohol-I baked with it! It’s become a habit really. Last week I made Kahlua and Cream Chocolate Mocha Cookies which were amazing. I’ve used bourbon in butterscotch bars and brownies, bourbon cream in root beer cupcakes and I even baked beer in bread! Yes, there seems to be a theme in my baking, don’t you think so too?
Guinness is the most natural addition to chocolate cupcakes. It deepens the chocolate flavor and makes the cake superbly moist. Normally, I’m a fool for buttercream. But in an effort to live on the edge, I decided to make a cupcake without any adornments. Black bottom cupcakes fit the bill! These are genius really. You add a dollop of sweetened cream cheese to the center of your cupcakes and the creamy center spreads and bakes perfectly. No frosting needed. I added mint chips and mint extract to the cream cheese filling just for kicks. The end result was outstanding. I think these cupcakes do Guinness proud. But don’t take my word for it, go bake some for yourself. And I assure you, you don’t have to be a Guinness drinker to appreciate these cupcakes. I promise these cupcakes will make anyone melt.
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