My husband and I were watching an episode of 2 Broke Girls the other day and when they made their Beer Batter Maple Bacon Cupcakes we both decided that it was something that we had to try. I searched for a recipe and found a few that had this basic combination but none of them were quite what I was looking for. So I modified some recipes until I came up with my own blend that I am really happy with. I sent them to work with Shelby and while some of the girls were too scared to even try them, the guys LOVED them! My husband says that these are the cupcakes that are served in heaven. :)
If you aren't a fan of drinking Guinness, you could use the remaining bottles so make some delicious Beef and Ale Stew. Also, I usually recommend Killian's Irish Red in my Beer Cheese Fondue and Beer Bread recipes but Guinness would probably work well in those too. It is such a great beer to cook with since it is full of coffee and chocolate flavors.
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
adapted from Food Network
3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
2 cups Sugar
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt
1 bottle Guinness Draught, room temperature
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3 Large Eggs
3/4 cup Sour Cream
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt.
In another large mixing bowl, combine the Guinness, melted butter, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream until well blended and smooth. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture.
Line 24 muffin tins with foil baking cups (I also baked them by just lightly greasing the pan but they didn't bake up as well). Fill each cup 3/4 full. Bake for 12 minutes and then rotate the pans. Bake another 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool then remove to a wire rack.
Top with Maple Buttercream Frosting and Bacon. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Maple Buttercream Frosting
1 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Milk, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Maple Extract
2 pounds Powdered Sugar
Beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Add milk, salt, extract, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat until well combined and smooth. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar and beat until creamy.
1/2 pound Thick Cut Hardwood Smoked Bacon
Heat large skillet over medium-high heat.* Add a few slices of bacon and cook as desired. (I like mine when it is *just* cooked through and has a chewy jerky texture but I know some people who like theirs extra crispy and almost burnt beyond recognition. Whatever rocks your socks.) Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and press the top with another paper towel to remove excess grease. Repeat with remaining bacon.
Allow to cool slightly then move to a cutting board and chop to desired size.
*For less mess, try my Oven Baked Bacon.