Spiced Guinness Cupcakes

These cupcakes get their dark appearance from a combination of treacle & Guinness. The Guinness & treacle both give a dark molasses tone to the cupcakes that compliments there gingery spices.

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Spiced Guinness Cupcakes

Yields12 Servings

 125 ml Guinness
 2 tbsp Black treacle
 225 g Plain flour
 ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
 1 tsp Baking Powder
 1 tsp Ground ginger
 50 g Caster sugar
 60 ml Vegetable oil
 3 Eggs
Icing
 100 g Unsalted butter
 125 g Icing sugar
 175 g Cream Cheese
 2 tbsp Maple Syrup

1

Heat oven to 160°C. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with cup cake cases. Pour the Guinness into a saucepan, add the black treacle and heat gently whilst stirring over a low heat, until the treacle dissolves into the Guinness. Then set aside to cool.

2

In a large bowl add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, ginger and sugar. Give a quick mix to evenly distribute the ingredients.

3

When the Guinness and treacle mixture has cooled add the eggs and oil. Whisk until combined.

4

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together until a smooth dark batter is achieved.

5

Pour the runny batter into the prepared cupcake tray, filling each lined hole about halfway with batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 - 16 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

6

To make the frosting using an electric mixer beat the butter until very soft and pale. Add the icing sugar and mix in on a low setting before turning up the speed and mixing for a further 3 - 4 minutes until the mixture is slightly white and lighter looking.

7

Add the cream cheese and maple syrup and continue to beat until the mixture until the mixture returns to a pale colour.

8

Fit a piping bag with a large fluted nozzle and fill with the maple flavoured cream cheese icing. Twist the end of the bag above the frosting to close. Push from the twisted closure to force the icing out of the bag. Ensure cupcakes are fully cooled before icing.

9

Generously pipe the icing on top of the cupcakes. If you do not have a piping bag you could dollop a mound of mixture on to each cupcake and work it around with a table knife until they resemble miniture pints of Guinness.

Ingredients

 125 ml Guinness
 2 tbsp Black treacle
 225 g Plain flour
 ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
 1 tsp Baking Powder
 1 tsp Ground ginger
 50 g Caster sugar
 60 ml Vegetable oil
 3 Eggs
Icing
 100 g Unsalted butter
 125 g Icing sugar
 175 g Cream Cheese
 2 tbsp Maple Syrup

Directions

1

Heat oven to 160°C. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with cup cake cases. Pour the Guinness into a saucepan, add the black treacle and heat gently whilst stirring over a low heat, until the treacle dissolves into the Guinness. Then set aside to cool.

2

In a large bowl add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, ginger and sugar. Give a quick mix to evenly distribute the ingredients.

3

When the Guinness and treacle mixture has cooled add the eggs and oil. Whisk until combined.

4

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together until a smooth dark batter is achieved.

5

Pour the runny batter into the prepared cupcake tray, filling each lined hole about halfway with batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 - 16 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

6

To make the frosting using an electric mixer beat the butter until very soft and pale. Add the icing sugar and mix in on a low setting before turning up the speed and mixing for a further 3 - 4 minutes until the mixture is slightly white and lighter looking.

7

Add the cream cheese and maple syrup and continue to beat until the mixture until the mixture returns to a pale colour.

8

Fit a piping bag with a large fluted nozzle and fill with the maple flavoured cream cheese icing. Twist the end of the bag above the frosting to close. Push from the twisted closure to force the icing out of the bag. Ensure cupcakes are fully cooled before icing.

9

Generously pipe the icing on top of the cupcakes. If you do not have a piping bag you could dollop a mound of mixture on to each cupcake and work it around with a table knife until they resemble miniture pints of Guinness.

Spiced Guinness Cupcakes

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