Dark and delicious, these Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes are an adapted recipe from Nigella and have a rich and full-bodied flavour for fans of the famous stout.

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You Will Need
For Cakes (makes 20 cupcakes, 24 fairy cakes or a 9" round cake)
250ml Guinness
250g Unsalted Butter
75g Cocoa Powder
400g Caster Sugar (06843003)
142ml Sour Cream
2 Large Eggs
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract (54385)
275g Plain Flour (06843008)
2½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (065707)
Green Foil Baking Cases (2306)

For Topping
300g Cream Cheese
150g Icing Sugar (06843002)
125ml Double or Whipping cream
For Decoration
100g Green Sugarpaste (0602924)
Heart Cutter (84776)
Green Sugar-Free Sprinkles (8021750)
Step 1

Preheat oven to 180ºC /350ºF/Gas 4. Place baking cases into a muffin tray, or stand on a baking sheet, ready for baking.

Step 2

Place Guinness and butter into a large saucepan, and heat gently until the butter has melted. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar.

Step 3

Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla, and add this to the Guinness mixture, stirring well. Whisk in flour and bicarbonate of soda.

Step 4

Pour the batter into each cupcake case up to ¾ full. Bake for approx. 25 mins. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Step 5

To make icing – Lightly whip cream cheese until smooth, add sieved icing sugar and beat together. Add cream and beat again until a spreadable consistency is reached.

Step 6

Spread or pipe onto the cupcakes and add decoration (Make a shamrock by simply using a small heart cutter x3, plus a stem for each cupcake. Add sprinkles to finish.

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