Happy Spring folks!!
Sometimes I sit down at the lap top and just stare at the screen for a while…I hate that.
But that’s one great thing about having a blog! It’s mine, and if I want to take a little break I can :) Of course I miss it, but it’s not worth stressing over.
Also, it’s pretty amazing how fast time flies…it does NOT feel like it’s been over a week since I last posted! Craziness.
Now, where were we?
Let’s see, this past weekend was St. Patty’s day, and while I tried to avoid the craziness that ensues in Boston, I did spend it with friends and some delectable cupcakes!
My friend hosted a housewarming/St Patty’s day party and I was in the mood to make some cupcakes.
I went with a popular combo: Guinness chocolate cupcakes with Baileys butter cream. However, I opted to make an EGG-free version as my friend’s daughter is allergic!
I’ve made egg-free muffins before, but they are usually meant to be a “healthy” treat. I still wanted these to taste like classic chocolate cupcakes!
Most egg-free recipes I saw didn’t call for an egg replacer, but I opted to add a flax-egg anyways.
Of course the real stars were:
You don’t taste the beer in the cake, but it does make for a super moist cupcake!
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 cup Guinness
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
- scant 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 flax-egg (1 T ground flax + 3 T water)
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 T vinegar
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Make flax egg and set aside. Takes 15-30 min to “set”
In a sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add stout and bring to a simmer. Add cocoa powder and whisk together until combined. Remove from heat.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
Once butter/cocoa mixture has cooled a bit, stir in sour cream, flax egg, and vinegar. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture. Mix gently to combine batter.
Line cupcake tin, or MINI cupcake tin!
Fill each cup about 2/3 – 3/4 full.
Bake mini cupcakes for 9-12 minutes, regular cupcakes for 16-20 min.
Once cool, I used the Smitten Kitchen recipe for the butter cream using salted butter (of course) and only 2 T of Baileys + 1 T of half and half. You could definitely still taste the Baileys but I don’t like my baked goods overly boozy tasting.
Not only does using a pastry bag + tip make them look prettier, but it is so much faster!
The cake and the frosting were such a delicious combination!!! I LOVE butter cream :)
Didn’t miss the egg one bit! These cupcakes still held together great.
I think everyone loved them as much as I did :)
I know cupcakes are like “so last year” but I still love making them…especially in mini sizes!
And somehow it’s already bed time ;) I’m telling you…time is FLYING!