Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Do yourself a favor today: Eat chocolate cake

I found out today from my friend’s blog that today is National Chocolate Cake Day, so WOW! Cake is amazing. Here is my favorite chocolate cake recipe in cupcake form. I have made this recipe several times and I can’t stop eating the delicious creation.

Cake
1 cup Guinness
1 stick, plus 1 tb, unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups dark brown sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tb vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
Glaze*
8 oz cream cheese
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350; butter a muffin tin.

Combine the Guinness and the butter, chopped into 1-inch chunks, in a large sauce pan, and heat to melt the butter. Remove from heat, and whisk in the cocoa and sugar. In a bowl, whisk the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla, then add to the beer mixture. Sift together the flour and baking soda, and fold into the batter. Pour into muffin molds and bake for 25 minutes, or until inserted cake tester comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes, remove from muffin tin, and cool completely on a rack.

Using a mixer, whip cream cheese until smooth, sift in sugar, and beat. Add milk, and beat until smooth. Spread glaze over cooled cupcakes.

*To create a thinner glaze, use a tablespoon or two more milk; for a topping more akin to icing, use less milk, and perhaps more sugar. In either case, add a little sugar or milk at a time, mix, and check for desired consistency.
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Do yourself a favor and follow the directions. Not that I've ever accidentally screwed up this frosting every.single.time. I've made this recipe.
No. That wasn't me.

6 comments:

UrbanIdeas said...

Haha.. Any reason to eat chocolate. Ok.. if you are not showing your true colours in this posting... Miss little Irish and her Guinness! Talking about following directions.. that is the only sad part about baking, you ACTUALLY have to follow directions and we all know that is not my forte!

Dana said...

Chocolate AND Guinness in the same recipe? I *must* try these even though I missed National Chocolate Cake Day!

A piece of news said...

You will not go wrong with this recipe. I promise you that. Unless you screw it up...like I did!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh yum and I missed a chance to celebrate it properly..lol

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