St. Patty’s Day Boozy Cupcakes (and some rambling)

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Happy St. Pats my dear friends! How are you celebrating this Irish holiday? Unfortunately there will be no bars in my foreseeable future, so instead I’ll be eating these boozey cupcakes and drinking something green! I’ve always had fun on St. Patty’s. For me, there’s something so silly about consuming drinks and food colored with green food dye, cheering in the streets and singing in Irish pubs.  However, one year, after a few too many green drinks, we kind of got a little carried away with the food dye. I’ll let the photos tell you the story.

To many of these, led to…

Green nuggets and fries! But it gets worse…

Green hair doggy! Yep, it took a few days to get it out of his mo-hawk. Isn’t he adorable though?

Things didn’t get that out of control this year with the food dye, I just stuck with what it’s meant for, food! On top of making them in honor of St. Patty’s, I also made these cupcakes for another fun reason! Yesterday we hosted our first Cooking with Claire live cooking show, and this was the recipe on tap! The video is still being edited, but as soon as it’s finished, I will feature it! It was really fun to be a part of something like that. I used to be in broadcasting in high school and I never realized how much I like being in front of the camera! My fiancée said I was “eerily charming” so I guess that’s a good thing?  Keep your eyes peeled for that! Now enough blab from me, it’s time to drool over some cupcakes!

Recipe is adapted from Tasty Pursuits.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Green Frosting

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/4 Guinness

How to Make Them:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with holders.
  • Whisk egg and oil into a bowl until mixed. Add Guinness, vanilla and milk until combined.
  • With a fine mesh strainer (or flour sifter) sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Make sure when sifting that the sifter does not touch the wet ingredients.
  • Once dry is sited, mix well into the wet ingredients. Mix until there are no bumps or bubbles. Pour batter into the cupcake liners and cook for 17 minutes, or until you poke it and it’s dry.

I paired these cupcakes with my light cream cheese icing, dyed green of course for St. Pats! I also made a vanilla butter cream, which I will post later!

These were amazingly flavorful. You could taste the stout of the beer, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Guinness pairs so well with chocolate and that’s even more apparent in these delicious cupcakes! I’m also so glad I went with the light icing on half of them because of how heavy they are. The light cream cheese was a perfect, sweet and refreshing topping!

Nutritional Information per cupcake: 350 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and 2 grams of fiber.

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  1. Posted by Stephsbitebybite on
    Thursday, March 17th, 2011
    I think the cupcakes are the safest way to go, although I am LOVING the green pup mohawk ;)
  2. Posted by The Journalizer on
    Thursday, March 17th, 2011
    HEY! I love my green hulk chicken nugs. Also, Oscar loved it.
  3. Posted by Steph C. on
    Friday, March 18th, 2011
    Total yum! The fiancé loves Guinness.. I just may have to make these!