January 25, 2008

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Posted in baking, cupcakes, dessert, the Challenge, VCTOTW at 8:29 pm by veganalects


Ever since I got Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World back all I want to do is bake hand-held desserts by the dozen. After the green tea cupcakes, the apple mango crisp, and the almond scones, the time was ripe for something chocolatey.

I’ve made the Basic Chocolate Cupcake from VCTOTW a handful of times, so I was looking for something new. Why not continue the Cupcakes Baked With Beverages theme and make something with chocolate and beer? Now there’s a winning combination. No Guinness in these stout cupcakes, though—Guinness is refined with isinglass, from fish swimbladders. I used Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, but there are a number of other vegan stouts[Edit: I should clarify that these do come from a recipe in VCTOTW.]

Despite my absentminded errors—I accidentally added the beer to the dry ingredients instead of the wet, I forgot to top the cupcakes with the chocolate crumble till they’d been in the oven eight minutes—these came out quite well. I like them better than the Basic Chocolate Cupcake; the stout makes them richer and even more chocolatey-tasting somehow. They’re a little on the muffiny side (although that might be due to my bungling the directions), but that doesn’t diminish them for me at all. How can twelve cupcakes seem like so few?

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3 Comments »

  1. Anke said,

    beer in cupcakes… wow… I would never have thought of that. but then again, why not? these looks good. very good. 🙂

  2. They certainly don’t LOOK as if you bungled up any of the directions. They look like little round discs of perfection!

    Haha and I had to laugh when I saw that celeriac root from a few posts down. It looks so funny!

  3. BitterSweet said,

    I just love this recipe- My friends keep on requesting it after I made it for a party once. Yours look great, despite any difficulties.


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