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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

by abby on March 16, 2012 | Comment

saint patricks day recipe

In my life Saint Patrick’s Day is quite special. For starters, my group of friends use this holiday weekend to reunite from far and wide. This would be amazing in itself, but the 17th also marks the day I met my boyfriend. Yep, he was a friend of a friend—the best recommendation you can find! All it took as that one introduction and we have been together ever since. Huge grin.

In honor of the 2-fold special weekend, I decided to create Chocolate Stout Cupcakes. Oooooooo….even the same starts your mouth watering. It’s a recipe from David Lieberman on the Food Network, but I of course added a few of my own twists. For starters, the original recipe calls for Guinness, however, I wanted to increase the chocolate, so I used Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout.
homemade cupcakes

The chocolate stout enhanced the rich chocolate flavor without adding any more sweetness. These cupcakes are light in texture, but the stout keeps them soft and moist. To add a sweet high note, I paired the chocolate cake with my own rich cream cheese frosting. This simple cupcake recipe allow you to make a special Saint Patrick’s Day treat in about 40 minutes.

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
(yields 24 cupcakes)

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (Ghirardelli is wonderful)
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch fine salt
1 bottle stout beer (recommended: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout)
1 stick butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 to 1 cup butter, softened
1-2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup box confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 24 muffin tins with paper liners or grease. (Hint: take out the cream cheese and butter for the frosting and let it sit on the counter to warm to room temperature)

 In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt.

In another medium mixing bowl, combine the stout, melted butter, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, 1 at time. Mix in sour cream until thoroughly combined and smooth. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.

Divide the batter equally between muffin tins, filling each 3/4 full. Bake for about 11-12 minutes and then rotate the pans. Bake another 11-12 minutes until risen, nicely domed, and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool 2 minutes before turning out.

Cream Cheese Frosting
While the cupcakes are baking you can create the frosting.

In a mixer, cream together the cream cheese and the butter until smooth.

Add the vanilla (I like 2 teaspoons)

Add the sugar a 1/4 cup at a time, mixing well after each cup. That’s it!

The frosting can be ahead of the time and stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days until needed. I recommend pulling it out of the refrigerator for a few minutes to help the frosting spread more easily.

I’m so looking forward to celebrating this weekend and know these cupcakes will create additional smiles. I’d love to know how your own cupcakes turned out and how you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.


A Room of My Own

by admin on February 26, 2011 | Comment

Hello there! Ta-da—a brand new website and blog! I’m so glad you came to look around. It’s here where I’ll be sharing current design projects, thoughts on the creative process, yummy recipes (if I’m not in the studio then I’m in the kitchen), and other small moments that make life beautiful.

2011 is full of new places, faces, and routines for me. I’m adjusting to the quieter life here in Rochester, NY. Even after 6 months I’m still shaking off old NYC habits. Not being able to just walk out my front door to grab milk or pick-up the after work “I’m too exhausted to cook” sushi dinner is slightly disappointing, BUT, thus far, the pluses out weigh the minuses. The first major plus, is I now get a room of my own. That’s right—I have a studio. Half of it is for my graphic design work and the other half is for painting, drawing, and other very fun and messy artwork. I have a large window too where the afternoon sun spills in. Gone are the years of squeezing in workspace on the kitchen table and having a computer desk in the bedroom. It’s true, you can breathe easier in upstate New York.