I have seen so many recipes for Guinness chocolate cake so I thought, why not use Birmingham’s very own Coffee Oatmeal Stout from Good People Brewery. This Stout is brewed with coffee from Primavera, another local gem. It’s a fantastic beer. In my recipe I decided to add a little more coffee to the mix since I’ve come across a lot of chocolate recipes that add coffee. The flavors go hand in hand. This was my first time ever trying a stout cupcake and I was quite surprised how well you can taste the flavor of the beer after baking. Plus, the carbonation of the beer makes these cupcakes so light and fluffy. To top it off, the cocoa cream cheese frosting is a nice touch to the flavors in this cupcake. It’s a great recipe to impress a beer-lover!
makes about 2 dozen
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in a saucepan and simmer with beer for a few minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in cocoa powder and coffee grinds. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a bowl, sift flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In a mixer, beat together eggs and sour cream. Add in beer mixture until just combined. Gradually add in flour mixture. Add batter to paper lined cupcakes tins and bake for 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool completely.
While cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In a double boiler, melt chocolate with 1-2 tablespoons of the heavy cream. Whip remaining cream until light and fluffy. Set Aside. Place cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer and beat on a medium low speed using the whisk attachment until smooth. Mix in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream and top the cupcakes.