I’ve been looking for an excuse to make these cupcakes for quite some time. I finally found the perfect occasion-my sister and brother in law’s birthdays. Since I knew I’d be seeing them at Easter, not long after their birthdays, I decided these were a must-make.
I don’t even know that I can put into words how amazing these cupcakes tasted. Everyone in the family was raving about them. The cupcake is rich and moist, all that a perfect cupcake should be. The ganache filling was amazing (we ate the leftover right out of the bowl, if that tells you anything). The Bailey’s gave the icing the perfect amount of flavor (and that’s coming from someone that doesn’t really like buttercream). Put those things together, and you get the most rich and decadent cupcake. I will warn you, though, that you should have a glass of milk or water close by when eating these.
Chocolate, Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes
For the Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes:
1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 to 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey (optional)
3 to 4 cups confections sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 to 4 tablespoons Baileys (or milk, or heavy cream, or a combination thereof)
Make the cupcakes:
-Preheat oven to 350°F and line 24 cupcake cups with liners.
-In a large, heavy saucepan, bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
-Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl to blend.
-Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl.
-Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat until just combined. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on low speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined.
-Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way. Bake cake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Make the filling:
-Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate.
-Allow the chocolate to sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. (If this has not sufficiently melted the chocolate, you can return it to a double-boiler to gently melt what remains. 20 seconds in the microwave, watching carefully, will also work.)
-Add the butter and whiskey (if you’re using it) and stir until combined.
Fill the cupcakes:
-Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped (the fridge will speed this along but you must stir it every 10 minutes). Meanwhile, remove the centers from the cooled cupcakes.
-Put the ganache into a piping bag with a wide tip and fill the holes in each cupcake to the top.
Make the frosting:
-In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the butter for several minutes, until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.
-When the frosting looks thick enough to spread, drizzle in the Baileys (or milk) and whip it until combined.
-Ice and decorate the cupcakes.
Do ahead: You can bake the cupcakes a week or two in advance and store them, well wrapped, in the freezer. You can also fill them before you freeze them. They also keep filled — or filled and frosted — in the fridge for a day. (Longer, they will start to get stale.)
Source: Smitten Kitchen