Happy St. Pat's! I did you a solid. I perfected this recipe for you - this is my fourth year running baking chocolate stout cake or cupcakes and St. Patrick's Day just wouldn't be right without them.
Our surname is about as Irish as it gets - my husband's family is from Co. Cork by way of Boston - and if we moved to Boston today we would fit right in (although the O' was dropped over a hundred years ago, like so many other Irish families). I have been fortunate to visit Ireland twice and it is truly a lovely place and lovely people - make sure you stop in Cork City for some Murphy's. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day every year - starting the evening off with Black Velvet's (half a pint of Guinness topped with half a pint of Irish Cider) and our homemade version of Blarney Chips (waffle fries topped with cheese, green onion, diced tomatoes, diced green pepper, and more cheese) and served with salsa and sour cream.
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup stout beer (preferably Irish - Guinness or Murphy's)
Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at at time, beating in between with a hand mixer. Add vanilla. Continue to beat.
Add half the flour mixture and mix in gently, scraping down the sides of the bowl every so often. Add about 1/3 of the stout and half of the remaining flour. Repeat, alternating stout and flour until well combined. Be careful not to overmix.
The batter will be thick. Spoon into 15 greased or lined muffin cups and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.
1/4 unsalted butter, softened
1 - 2 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/3 cup stout
1/2 tsp vanilla
Cream butter with cocoa. Add one cup of icing sugar and the stout. Add vanilla and begin to add more icing sugar until you reach the right consistency. If too thick, just add a little more stout!
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.