Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

Even though these Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting are perfect to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day,they’re a delicious treat to enjoy any day of the year.

Stout lends a somewhat caramel undertone in baking and marries really well with chocolate. These chocolate stout cupcakes are topped with an almond Irish Cream frosting and are finished with a light flurry of chocolate shavings. While the alcohol bakes off in the cupcakes, the frosting does have some alcohol in it – if you’d like to avoid it, substitute the volume of vegan Irish cream with a tbsp of your favorite extract and some plant milk to get the consistency you want.

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

Stout lends a somewhat caramel undertone in baking and marries really well with chocolate. These chocolate stout cupcakes are topped with an almond Irish cream frosting and are finished with a light flurry of chocolate shavings.
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Author: Crumbs & Caramel

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Stout Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups vegan Irish stout
  • 1/2 cup neutral vegetable oil (e.g. avocado, canola, sunflower, etc)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Irish Cream Frosting:

  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 cup vegan butter or non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 3-5 tbsp vegan Irish Cream
  • vegan semi-sweet chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ยฐF. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together, whisking to blend.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the stout, oil, vinegar and vanilla extract. Add this to the flour mixture and whisk just until combined.
  • Fill the paper liners about 2/3 full with the cupcake batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few cooked crumbs. Cool the bases in the tray for 5 minutes and then transfer each cupcake to a cooling rack. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

For the Irish Cream Frosting:

  • In a stand mixer with balloon whisk attachment or with a hand held blender, beat the vegan butter/shortening until smooth, slowly adding in the confectioner's sugar a 1/2 cup at a time, blending well before the next addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in 3 tbsp of the Irish cream and beat for about 3 minutes, adding more Irish cream a tbsp at a time depending on the consistency you like. If it's thinned out too much, the frosting will slouch on the cupcakes. If it gets too thin by mistake, add a couple more tbsp of confectioner's sugar. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle with vegan chocolate shavings

Notes:

*While the alcohol bakes off in the cupcakes, the frosting does have some alcohol in it - if you'd like to avoid it, substitute the volume of vegan Irish cream with a tbsp of your favorite extract and some plant milk to get the consistency you want.
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