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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

IronCupcake_008: "Beer & Peanuts" Cupcakes

Iron Cupcake:Earth_008
Theme: Nuts & Seeds
My 2nd entry: Beer & Peanuts Cupcakes
Voting begins: Sunday, March 29 at 8 pm Central @ http://www.ironcupcakemilwaukee.com/ and will be open through Friday, April 3 at 12 noon Central.


Wow, is this last minute or what!? The deadline is 12 central, which is 1pm eastern... Let's see if I click "Publish Post" before time runs out! The inspiration for these cupcakes came from a recipe in Cupcakes Galore by Gail Wagman. I didn't use her recipe, but ever since I saw "Beer and Peanuts Cupcakes" in her book, I've wanted to make my own variation of the idea. My cupcakes are chocolate beer cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. I used Nigella Lawson's recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake. I'm not sure exactly how it's written in her book, because when I googled the recipe it was a little different on every blog I looked at. This is the one I found on the Borders bookstore website. It's supposedly an exerpt from the book, so I bet it's right. I halved the recipe and got 14 cupcakes. For the frosting, I made up a recipe off the cuff, but I wish I'd gone back and used the recipe from Bake & Destroy that I love so much. Overall, I'm fairly pleased with these cupcakes. They are extremely moist (verging on gummy because of all the liquid in the recipe). They aren't incredibly chocolatey, but that's okay because I wasn't focusing on the chocolate anyway. I wish the beer flavor was a little more prominent. I blame myself for that, though. We didn't have any Guinness on hand so I used the darkest beer we had, wish was an Irish Red. Not dark enough for this recipe I guess. Here they are, my second Iron Cupcake entry for this month!

Chocolate Beer Cupcakes (adapted from Nigella Lawson's "Chocolate Guinness Cake")
(I halved this and got 14 cupcakes)

1 cup Guinness (or any dark beer)
¾ cup sour cream
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups superfine sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350°F, and butter and line a 9 inch springform pan (or put 14 paper liners in a muffin pan). Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter – in spoons or slices – and heat until the butter's melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and baking soda.

Pour the cake batter into the lined pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (14-16 minutes for cupcakes). Leave to cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.

Peanut Butter Frosting (my own recipe)

1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Blend butter and peanut butter until smooth. Sift in confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed. Add milk and increase speed to high. Beat for 1 minute.



Overall rating on a scale of 1-5
Moistness: 5
Tenderness: 5
Frosting: 3

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20 comments:

Paris Pastry said...

Beer & Peanuts .. every guy's fantasy :P

They look sooo yummy!!

Elyse said...

What a fabulous idea! These sound delicious. Glad you were able to get your post in under the deadline!!

Eliana said...

These look great and I may experiment with them using Irish Red. My BF recently discovered it and is officially hooked.

Snooky doodle said...

really interesting. I always wanted to try a guiness cake and you reminded me of that. I have to try these. Nice idea of pairing peanuts with beer :)

Mermaid Sweets said...

These look great, and something I will have to try - made guiness cupcakes before and they were well loved. And thanks for the comment - a comment from Cassie from How to Eat a Cupcake - I feel honored, it totally made my day =)

thereddeer said...

Yum! Beer, peanuts and cupcakes - what a winning combination. My husband would absolutely love these. I was planning to make some guiness cupcakes but never got around to it, I think I'll have to add it back to my list of things to bake now.

Ariel said...

Mmm the guiness cake really is delicious, I made it for St Patty's Day! Kind of random, but have u ever made a pistachio cupcake? I didn't see one on your blog.

veggievixen said...

haha! great idea. they look fantastic.

Dani said...

yum yum! good luck :)

jodye said...

These look very yummy, indeed! Beautiful presentation as always, it looks so earthy, whether it was meant to or not!

The Food Librarian said...

This looks great! I love peanut butter frosting!

Iqphantom said...

Intriguing recipe .I'll try it for sure.

Happy cook said...

Wow whow would want to resist this, looks delicious.

Audra, Green Meadow Lane said...

Oooogh! This sounds yummy! I might try this with my husband.

Maria said...

Very creative cupcake! Thanks for the chocolate recommendations. I have made Martha's, they are good. I will try Hershey's this weekend. DO you use Hershey's frosting too? The chocolate one?

Cakespy said...

Yum! I am not really a beer person but I have come to love the delicious moistness it gives to cake and bread. Perfect combo of sweet-salty!

Treehouse Chef said...

Wow! How unusual. Never heard of such a thing. looks yummy!

apparentlyjessy said...

My boyfriend would love these! I shall remember this recipe when I feel like spoiling him next! I think it is a really great entry.

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I found the biscuits very fascinating, I am thinking of making some to go with stews later in winter!

mckenna said...

The frosting looks good. What a fun idea beer and nuts together! Good luck!
~ingrid

Gigi said...

wow, beer and peanut cupcakes. i have seen it all! where do you come up with all recipes? these cupcakes are a guys dream true. amazing.