Chocolate

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

I've made these chocolate Guinness cupcakes before and they are SO GOOD; such a crowd pleaser - and I don't even like beer (trust me, you can't even taste the beer in them).

When I made them, I did chocolate Baileys frosting, rather than cream cheese frosting, but either one works!

Plus, this recipe came from Martha Stewart, so you know these cupcakes are fancy as fuck - just look at the gorgeous photo below! I feel like my attempt to make those St. Patrick's Day shamrocks would turn out as an epic Pinterest fail, but it would still be fun trying, haha.

If you're looking for an amazing chocolate treat, you gotta try these - and remember, since this recipe makes two dozen cupcakes, you can totally freeze them too, and just thaw one occasionally to "treat yo self" (any Parks & Rec fans here?!), hehe.

Photo credit:  marthastewart.com

Photo credit: marthastewart.com

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

Cream-Cheese Frosting

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Cupcakes

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 bottle (11.2 ounces) stout, such as Guinness (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 lime
  • 96 chocolate gold hearts 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Beat in vanilla and salt. Frosting can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  2. Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two standard 12-cup muffin tins with baking cups. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together flour, 2 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, then stout. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat; stir into flour mixture just until combined. Stir in eggs and sour cream.

  4. Divide batter evenly among cups, filling each two-thirds of the way. Bake, rotating once, until cupcakes spring back and a tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks; let cool completely.

  5. Meanwhile, peel wide strips of lime zest with a vegetable peeler. Thinly slice zest into 1/8-inch-wide strips. Coat strips in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar; cut into 1/2-inch-long pieces.

  6. Spread cupcakes with 2 cups frosting (reserve remaining for another use). Top each with 4 gold hearts (to form a shamrock) and 1 piece of sugared lime zest (to make a stem). Serve.

 

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18 Hot Chocolate Combinations

If you're anything like me, you've already had a cup of hot chocolate at least once to warm you up on these chilly fall nights. For some reason, my husband doesn't like the foam that gathers on top of the surface (are you kidding me?! Those tiny chocolate bubbles are delicious!), so when I make our hot chocolate at home, I spoon the foam off his and add it to mine! He also doesn't like marshmallows (but loves Rice Krispie squares...) in his hot chocolate, so I only indulge in those a couple times throughout the fall and winter because we don't usually just have a bag of marshmallows laying around in the cupboard.

Photo by  Alisa Anton

Photo by Alisa Anton

Occasionally, we'll slip some Baileys in our hot chocolate (making our insides extra toasty, hehe). Then I got thinking, why not mix it up a bit, by trying some of these freakin' awesome sounding hot chocolate combinations (and yes, some even have booze in them) from a list I found on Buzzfeed. Which ones will you try?

  1. Melted Hot Chocolate with Sea Salt Whipped Cream

  2. Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate

  3. Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  4. Lemongrass-Lavendar White Hot Chocolate

  5. Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

  6. 2-Ingredient Nutella Hot Chocolate

  7. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  8. The Hot Choc-Colada

  9. Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate

  10. Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate

  11. White Fudge Oreo Hot Cocoa

  12. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

  13. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

  14. Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate

  15. Eggnog Mexican Hot Chocolate

  16. Aztec Hot Chocolate

  17. Whipped Vanilla White Hot Chocolate

  18. Fluffer Nutter Hot Chocolate

 

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