St Patrick’s Day – Guinness Cupcakes

Guinness? In a cupcake? Yes.

What is St. Patrick’s Day?
From my research, this special day celebrates the St Patrick’s death, a patron saint in Ireland. It involves certain traditions of coming together, sharing a few drinks, hosting Irish-themed parades, donning some shamrocks and green attire; I also learned it is a national holiday for Ireland!

I thought I would take some time this week for us to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March with my Irish [and some in the USA in particular] readers – I see you! I’m not one for drinking the popular Irish dry stout, but these Irish-inspired cuties crave attention which I have given in to and I expect you may too…


Ingredients
– 200ml Guinness
– 50g cocoa powder
– 150g butter
– 250g light brown sugar
– 2 eggs
– 170g plain flour
– 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 1/2 tsp baking powder

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C
1 – Pour the Guinness and add the coca powder; mix these together (make sure to do this in a big bowl as it will fix and bubble up!)
2 – Cream the butter and sugar together until the grainy texture is removed
3 – Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time, beating well in between each – it may curdle, but don’t worry for now
4 – Add the choccy-Guinness mix to the butter mix and stir together
5 – Sift in the flour and fold, along with the soda and baking powder. Feel free to add a pinch of salt
6 – Spoon the mixture into a lined baking tin of 12
7 – Bake for 20 – 25 mins; make sure a skewer comes out clean
Feel free to add some butter cream (suggestion below) and decorate with cocoa!

Feel free to add butter cream – just double the amount of icing sugar to butter; try adding a dash of Guinness for a slight boozy flavour! Cream cheese works well too; again, make sure the icing sugar is double to that combined with the butter. These are super moist [hate the word.] and a slight step up from your traditional chocolate cupcake!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

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