They got in touch to offer me £20 to bring a little cheer to myself or others so I decided to turn my most favourite cake recipe into cupcakes and take them into the office to share with everyone on Valentine's Day! I also made peanut butter cupcakes but they weren't quite as photogenic as these Guinness beauties. Both sets of cupcakes went down really well and it's so lovely to be able to put smiles on so many people's faces, so thank you MoneySupermarket!
I adapted the amazing Nigella's Guinness Cake recipe into cupcakes, I've included her recipe below but tweaked it for cupcakes so if you fancy having a go at them, see below! I guarantee they will put a smile on your face, £20 definitely well spent.
For the cake
- 250 ml Guinness
- 250 gram(s) unsalted butter
- 75 gram(s) cocoa powder
- 400 gram(s) caster sugar
- 142 ml sour cream
- 2 medium egg(s)
- 1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
- 275 gram(s) Plain flour
- 2.5 teaspoon(s) bicarbonate of soda
For the topping
- 300 gram(s) cream cheese
- 150 gram(s) Icing sugar
- 125 ml double cream (or whipping cream)
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C, and butter and line a muffin/cupcake tin with paper cases
- Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter - in spoons or slices - and heat until the butter's melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.
- Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 20-25 minutes, I'd recommend checking them with a toothpick at around 20 minutes to see how well cooked they are, the pick needs to come out clean! Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as they are quite damp cakes.
- When the cupcakes are cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together. Or do this in a processor, putting the unsieved icing sugar in first and blitz to remove lumps before adding the cheese.
- Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.
- Eat them and enjoy!