Happy belated St. Patrick's Day! I was so wrapped up in thoughts yesterday morning, I left the house before remembering it was St. Patrick's Day. Of course, I didn't happen to be wearing green, so I spent the day being pinched and poked. (Who says you can poke people for not wearing green? Who made up that rule? We need St Patty's Day referees.) I didn't plan a traditional Irish meal - but I did plan a not-so-traditional Irish dessert. I'm not a beer drinker, so I didn't even bother to try these. Justin could survive on beer alone, thus he gobbled up a couple of these right away. They were very light and fluffy with just the right hint of Guinness flavor. (Although I was sad I didn't have any green food coloring in the house.) They were such a hit, he told a friend of his about them and now I have to make them for a party next weekend.
For the cake:
For the frosting:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium saucepan, combine the Guinness and butter. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted. Remove from heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar.
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add the Guinness mixture to the bowl and mix until incorporated. Add the flour and baking soda and whisk until smooth.